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I'm just jumping on this late...but I want to encourage you. As someone who is going through grad classes on curriculum development right now, there is very little that any teacher can do to develop critical thinking skills that is as good as these kinds of games.



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Here's something your grad classes won't teach you, but hopefully you will discover for yourself despite the indoctrination you're receiving from self-proclaimed educational 'experts':

Critical thinking skills are built and honed by diligent study, repetition of increasingly difficult problems and exercises, and tough grading against an objective standard, not from playing games.




I couldn't disagree with you more friend. I won't bother you with my own credentials but experience and research has shown me that games provide a "safe" conflict for testing and practicing skills and solutions without the real world consequences of failure. This type of experimentation does more for developing critical thinking skills than memorization of facts ever will. Fact and process memorization does not produced the wisdom, abstract reasoning, or critical thinking skills that all advanced learners need. Games can.
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School clubs are great. When my wife moved to her current school she had me pick up a bunch of games at gencon. At this time GAMA had a games in education program going and a lot of companies were keen to deeply discount games for schools. The kids loved them and they lasted a few years until to many pieces went missing.

I don't think this program still runs but contacting companies directly might work. Usually they want to ship a case of one type, multiples are a good thing especially for lost pieces, but get another school involved and split the cost.

Brings me back to conventions. Approach them early and tell them what you are doing if they are agreeable, then collect stuff on the last day. Also cold calling on the last day with a letter on your school's letterhead can probably get you deep discounts. Your choices are not as broad but there are great deals to be had, and you don't need to worry about getting a case of one game.

ymmv. This is all circa 2006 when I did this stuff but It doesn't take much convincing when you explain that it exposes their game to X number of kids.
 
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It's been not enough space. The librarian was very accommodating, but she retired this year. I'm hoping the new librarian will be as accommodating. I feel like I need to clear out some of the games because I have too many. The kids pick their favorites and tend to stick with them.

Every teacher in the school seems to come to me now for games. I'll be walking down the hall, and another teacher will see me and ask to borrow games. Any time we had 15 minutes to fill before an assembly, I'd pull out the games. I'm the Game Mistress now.

My Game Club ran for first semester, but I didn't have enough time to run it second semester. That wasn't a bad thing because the kids wanted to do sports in the spring. I intend to run Game Club the first semester of school again.

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Re: Maintaining a Game Library in School
GameFaery wrote:
It's been not enough space. The librarian was very accommodating, but she retired this year. I'm hoping the new librarian will be as accommodating. I feel like I need to clear out some of the games because I have too many. The kids pick their favorites and tend to stick with them.

Every teacher in the school seems to come to me now for games. I'll be walking down the hall, and another teacher will see me and ask to borrow games. Any time we had 15 minutes to fill before an assembly, I'd pull out the games. I'm the Game Mistress now.

My Game Club ran for first semester, but I didn't have enough time to run it second semester. That wasn't a bad thing because the kids wanted to do sports in the spring. I intend to run Game Club the first semester of school again.



I run the games after school - Chess on Mondays from 2:45 to 4 and wargames on Fridays from 2:45 to 4:30.
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