Using Games as Tools for Learning
Games provide opportunities for students to practice important mathematical concepts and skills and to develop and deepen their mathematical understanding and reasoning. To make effective use of games as tools for learning, teachers need to:
- Plan. It’s important to know the game – the math it focuses on, the materials it requires, the rules, and ways to adapt it to make it easier or harder.
- Create a supportive classroom environment. Students need to be able to use materials responsibly, and to work both independently and cooperatively. The teacher is responsible for creating such a learning environment.
- Encourage repeated play. The more students play, the more practice they get, the more math they do. Teachers can make games available outside of math time, and can encourage families to play together at home.