Hi everyone! I’m Lyndsey from Lit with Lyns, and I’m super excited to be a guest blogger for 2 Peas and a Dog! I wanted to share some ideas about an awesome educational tool that I have started using with my classes.
Over the last year, I have become completely crazy over escape rooms! So much so that I find myself trying to figure out ways to implement them with practically every standard I teach. If you aren’t familiar with this, escape rooms are a series of games/puzzles/etc., where contestants (students) use critical thinking and sometimes teamwork to “breakout” of a room.
The first escape room that I created and used in the classroom was for end of year testing. Kids dread nothing more than preparing for tests…so why not make reviewing for these dreaded assessments something the kids will remember? After seeing how engaged my kids were, I knew that this was a fantastic strategy that every teacher should use.
Here are 5 reasons why:
#1 Team Building
Escape rooms are a great way to force your students to work together for a common purpose. To determine how to unlock the code and move from one room to the other, they have to figure out how to solve the problem at hand using each other’s’ strengths.
#2 Promote Critical Thinking
In order to escape and move on in the process, students must delve deep and discuss the options that are available to them with the materials they have. The answers are often not right in front of them. Instead, they have to typically read between the lines, and challenge themselves.
Whether they’re done digitally or in a traditional manner, students must interact with each other, in addition to the material. This allows for making connections and stimulates students’ brains in a way that will help them to truly comprehend the material.
#4 Keeps Students Engaged
Just like we see when kids are playing games, escape rooms keep their attention. People are often competitive by nature, and when our students see that the goal is to escape one room to move to another, they want to do what it takes to make this happen.
#5 Works for any Subject Area
Escape rooms can be used for any subject or skill. Determine what it is that you want your students to focus on, and the activities that take place in an escape room can be used to assist them in mastering this skill/standard.
Check out my blog post about the escape room I created for the end of year test prep.
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Kris has been a classroom teacher for over 12 years teaching Grade 7 & 8. She loves sharing ideas with other teachers on her blog and through her social media channels. She's been inspiring and supporting fellow teachers through this website since 2012.