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Game-based Learning's Collaborative Nature can make SEL a Natural Fit

Source: Education Dive

Source: Education Dive

Source: Lauren Barack, Education Dive

Standardized test prep has become necessary for students to review materials throughout each month. A teacher in Ohio wanted to create a way to make his students more engaged with the review. He developed the idea of what he calls a “Science Ninja Training Unit”. The movie “Kung Fu Panda” is a jumping off point where he would show clips from the film and integrate them into a scavenge hunt. Within the hunt, lesson plans and review materials would be prominent. This allowed the students to stay engaged while reviewing for the state tests.

Games have been proven to be an effective way to teach children more information and keep them intrigued. Game-based learning can also bring in more benefits than just test reviews. Here, it can support social and emotional (SEL) skills as opposed to the traditional tools normally used. Gameplay allows students to tap into their skills and engage in the game while understanding interactions with their peers and also the sportsmanship of winning and losing. Embedding these skills in students at a young age in crucial.

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Alisa Verratti