It is fun for a teacher to be able to give their students a gift from time to time, but the gift needs to be simple and not too costly. Why not use fun board games as a gift or as a reward? With printable games readily available this could be an attractive, professional looking game, yet the cost would be only the cost of ink and lamination. It provides a way to make math fun by extend it beyond the classroom walls. This article discusses some of the situations where a teacher might give one of these games as a gift.
For a Birthday
A teacher can easily custom choose a game to give on a birthday by choosing game they know the student likes and that has skills they are comfortable with. You do not want to send a message that says, “Happy Birthday, but here is the practice you need to get better.” You want to give something you know they will enjoy and create the opportunity for a positive experience.
For Winter Holiday Season
The long break from the end of December into early January generally means a loss of some math skills. Every math teacher knows it takes a week or so to get the students back to where they were before the break. Giving a fun board game as a gift to take home to play over the break that will review some of their facts and challenge their higher level thinking skills can help keep their math facts current. Plus it gives the parents a fall back game to play at home on snow days! They too can realize it is easy to make math fun!
End of the Year
Printing out two or three favorite board games that cover the essential skills taught during the year might be an interesting end of the year gift for students. Hopefully they will take the games home and actually play them over the summer. The summer break is really a time when the mastery level of math skills can sink due to lack of use, so having some board games to play at home, might just be the answer.
As you can see there are a variety of scenarios a teacher can use printable math resources and use them as a gift for their students. Of course, giving these fun board games out for each one of these occasions will get a bit old. It will loose its unique and special feeling. Teacher should choose one or two of these scenarios for gift giving, and they will find it helps create a positive feeling and ways to make math fun both in school and out.
Sue Gnagy Fegan used a structured, sequential multisensory teaching approach for the past 34 years. She saw first hand the benefits of engaging students in productive, hands on activities in class.