There's a lot more to games than just fun and play. Games can actually facilitate learning in powerful ways. By nature, games can help develop productive struggle in students.
Educators continue to hear about the importance of productive struggle, but we're still in the early stages of exploring how to best foster this critical learning process in classroom experiences, especially when it comes to math.
In this video, I'll share some game-based learning strategies that can develop students' capacity for productive struggle. The ultimate goal is to develop our students into curious, tenacious and creative problem solvers. Try incorporating game-based learning in the classroom and let us know how it goes!
More ideas and resources on incorporating game-based learning in the classroom:
- Interview with an educator on using game-based learning in lessons
- List of board games with mathematical thinking
- More research behind game-based learning
This article was originally published April 28, 2016 and has been updated with more resources.