Some of the hardest things to teach are the most intangible. I always tell my pupils I want no-one to leave my classroom without better manners, consideration of others and communication skills, but teaching these can sometimes feel like constant nagging. Board games, in my experience, can be a fantastic way to develop these ideas as foster a sense of fun and community in the classroom. Board games have come a long way since Monopoly.
There are some amazing, intriguing games out there which can be adapted for whole-class use or you could split your class into groups and have them play copies of the same game.
Some of my favourites include:
- Dixit. Great for creativity, writing and speaking. Can be used as the rules suggest or in a myriad of other ways, for example as creative writing prompts.
- Word on the Street. Fantastic for spelling, using dictionaries and strategic thinking, I have made a whole-class copy that can be downloaded here, with the publisher’s permission.
- Wits and Wagers (Family Edition). A maths estimation game that helps teach measurement, capacity and units as you go, with a fun ‘betting’ element – a firm favourite in my classroom.
@honeypisquared Essex – Teacher