Sunday, March 13, 2016

Passionately RPGing

My students know about my passions. I know about their passions. We discuss our passions everyday and make connections to help us connect to information. The next passion I plan to incorporate into my classroom is some good ol' fashioned RPGing.

I've dabbled with incorporating bits and pieces of an RPG before. During a math review lesson, the students fought a Cave Troll by answering questions correctly. It was a lot of fun, and it was neat seeing the children doing their best to answer questions clearly and completely to ensure they hit the troll.

I have 4 sections of a grid-board that my buddies and I use to play D&D. They are magnetic and dry-erase. Each one is 20 inches X 20 inches. I envision using these in multiple ways.

Actual picture from a D&D session.


Storytelling:

When we play D&D, the Dungeon Master of the session must set the scene. The DM creates an engaging story-line full of NPCs (Non-Player Characters), a detailed setting, and a clear plot. What if the students were tasked with creating a story-line for something similar? Then, other children can explore that story-line or setting. I imagine this will help children to be very clear on details of the scenes in order to be able to explain it to the players .

Action Review Game:

Just as we did with the Cave Troll, I plan to have children defeat monsters with review questions. The beauty of this strategy is that it can fit any content area. 


Other Possibilities?
  • Since the boards are a grid, they can easily be utilized to review area/perimeter of rectangles. 
  • Area/Perimeter of other polygons? 
  • Each board can be a great work-space for group work. 
What do you think? How else could these magnetic dry erase boards be utilized to engage students? 
 

2 comments:

  1. Love the game idea! I'll bet your students loved it too. Story lines could be created and written in a different subject. Maybe even pitched to their peers to be the one used. I could see the grid used as a maze, map to secret treasures, quests or challenges. Could it be a battle ship board or a grid of space? So much fun could be had! Sounds like you're off to a great start!!!

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    1. Thanks, Carrie! Thanks so much for sharing your ideas. They're great!

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