ME:Learning from boardgames

From: May Sarmac
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Date: 19 Oct 1996
Time: 18:01:10


Hey Everybody! The main theme for my fieldnotes and replys seem to be "Learning From Boardgames". So, I figured to turn that into some sort of discussion. I think boardgames are really great. It gives the kids a chance to explore different things to learn, whether it's counting or reading or following instructions, the kids still learn a lot of things. I also noticed that the kids come up with their own structure when playing the board games. They come up with different rules to the game and think of different ways to learn and teach others. One thing that we have in common with the kids is learning how to teach. We're always trying to figure out how to teach a kid to learn and have fun at the same time and they're learning the same thing: how to teach each other and us to become masters at a task. When they're frustrated or don't know how to do something, they turn to us. When we don't know how to play a game or what the objectives are, we ask them. I'm learning that boardgames can serve several purposes for us and the kids: learn different teaching methods, learn different cognitive skills, it teaches us how to socially interact with each other and it teaches us to be patient with one another. Okay, so maybe some of you have caught on to this earlier, but I just kind of figured it out. I guess this is what is meant by informal learning and learning while having fun.