My Period 4 US History and Government has a test on Friday, it is based upon their presentations to the class and vocabulary on Civil Rights. Actually all four of my US II classes have a test this Friday.
A couple of students were in front of my room when I came in from hall duty. They were attempting to write on the Interactive WhiteBoard, (IWB),but were having difficulty. Other students attempted to explain what to do, but there was still some difficulty and disbelief in what to do on the part of the students at the IWB. I confirmed and re-explained the student directions on how to write on the board.
I was curious as to their intent, it just happened to be a game of Hangman on the IWB. They started off and I just watched as the students became excited to play the game. I made one suggestion after the second game; why not incorporate words from the class review into the game. They seemed a bit surprised that I did not shut their game down.
They converted the game of Hangman into an animated class review. Students continued to collaborate during the games, assisting with guessing letters and explaining what some of the words were. Students used presentation topics, important people and terms for the game.
A few students did not play, but reviewed on their own. That was fine, they have that freedom of choice to work in the way they are most comfortable with.
Overall the period flew by, most students engaged on the task They needed to focus on. It was nice to be reminded that we can go off the beaten path and still reach our goal.