Teachers present on Breakout games at state conference
For the past few years, math teachers Sarah Shartzer and Jenni Williams have been using the popular Breakout games in their classes to emphasize collaboration and creative problem-solving. Ms. Williams has been taking her math classes to Breakout games, while Ms. Shartzer has designed her own version of the game, called Fake-out. On March 4, they presented a session for more than a hundred fellow teachers at the Kentucky Center for Mathematics (KCM) conference in Lexington, discussing how they’ve integrated these activities into their math curriculum.
Ms. Shartzer explained that the games add many benefits to the learning experience for the students. “Games like these allow students to review math concepts in a fun way, but they also require students to work on other skills. Breakouts and fake-outs ask students to demonstrate problem-solving ability, creative thinking, grit, and teamwork. Mastering these skills is just as important as knowing how to rationalize a radical denominator!”
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