Learning through games is a new strategy teachers implement to help make lessons more enjoyable. But the underlying question remains; how effective are game-based activities?
I do believe that a student can learn a lot about a particular topic through games if the game in question has a lot to offer in the learning department. If the game is just fun and doesn’t help the student whatsoever, then it is just a waste of time. But if you do learn something from the game, then this can only benefit you for your future.
Throughout my education during secondary school, we had several teachers who would give us games to play. They were really helpful because not only were they fun and it brought out the competitive edge in all of us, but it also had an inner lesson ingrained in it which every single one of us took away. As long as the students take away knowledge from the game, then I implore more teachers to incorporate this style of teaching in their classes.
There are many benefits to game-based learning which can help students as individuals also. One benefit is that it brings joy and excitement to the classroom. This will make a student feel happy and make them want to come into school and learn. Statistics have proven that a student is more likely to succeed when they are happy and engaged in the subject. Game-based learning offers them a chance to be proactive and to have fun whilst learning a particular subject or topic.
Another benefit is that it gives children that competitive drive needed to become successful. There is a feeling when playing games which instills that competitiveness inside of you. If you can get that side out of a child and link it to their learning and their development, then the sky is their limit. Being competitive will allow students to want to do the best in their class when it comes to exams.
This is a very good trait to have however teachers must be vigilant that they don’t teach these children to become overly competitive. When you become overly competitive, you look down on others and you make them feel so small. So as long as teachers are encouraging the students to have healthy competition and to have the right mindset, then there is no reason why game-based learning cannot work and cannot help a student to succeed in the classroom and beyond.