Monday, May 16, 2016

BreakoutEDU...My New Passion

I can't believe how long it's been since I've posted anything.  I have been so busy with helping my 2nd and 3rd grade teachers, which is a good thing!  Let me tell you about what I've been's called BreakoutEDU.  If you have seen me around your campus the kids might point to me and say, "Hey, it's the Breakout lady."  I've become a bit famous for breakouts.  So breakouts are a way to gamify your standards.  It goes a little like this, you pick a standard you are working on and think of ways kids can open locks using their knowledge about that standard.  For example, my 3rd grade teachers decided to do a GLAD unit on magnets.  I found different kinds of magnets, YouTube videos, games, and puzzles and created clues the kids could solve to open the locks.  I've also created a local Del Norte County Social Studies game for the 2nd graders.  They are learning about the people who supply us with our goods and services like our local farms, dairies and fisheries.  I love #BreakoutEDU it has changed my way of teaching.  I have to confess, I really enjoy playing breakout games with other educators.  I have had the pleasure of introducing BreakoutEDU to Smith River and Mary Peacock teachers.  They got to play a game with their staff to see the benefits of gamifying their student's learning.  I have had the opportunity to facilitate breakouts with 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes.  Here are a few examples of the games...

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