Game-Based Learning

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Do students learn better when games are involved?

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.

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  1. So do you know any long division, fraction, and decimal games. My son loves games. I try to make them learn over the summer. Just trying to your advice since you have such a love of teaching. And also advice on helping him to learn to read better. Thanks

    • Bitesize normally have some good games if any, well they used to now, not sure about now.

      You can always search them up on Google and I’m sure there will be plenty you can find.

      Yeah, over this summer just find some games on Google or even strategic games like chess or something along those lines can really help a child’s brain. I’m trying to get my three year old nephew into chess and just to learn about strategy etc.

      With reading it’s practice practice practice. Start off with some easy books, go through the words and letters if needed. And then start progressing.

      I hope this helps and thank you for reaching out. Always happy to help 😊

  2. This is a good reminder of the learning opportunities that games incorporate into their very essence. I would add one point. If there is not a focus for the game towards an objective and measurable goal it lacks the capacity to house an overall outcome. This appears to be a more collective phenomenon in models of education that do not have clearly defined strength based student centered goals as a point of measurement. While the human mind has the capacity to learn a great deal, sometimes it needs to FOCUS (Follow One Course Until Successful) in order to build the self esteem needed to take on the more menial tasks education offers.

    I am very passionate about this subject, as children need an environment to explore and grow into the best self they can become. Thank you for the great article!

  3. Very good post. Happy learners always learn more. And, a wise teacher will always encourage children to co-operate, to learn from each other , rather than compete. Every learner is precious, and we all learn in different ways, and at different speeds.
    Thanks for posting.

  4. .Ammirevole come un giovane abbia tanta cura per l’educazione di giovani menti. Se non le ami non ne avrai cura, se non le rispetti non ti capiranno, se non le segui non seguiranno te. Il gioco Γ¨ parte fondamentale di qualsiasi insegnamento: niente di tedioso puΓ² essere incamerato da una mente aperta all’Universo. Compito non facile, bisogna solo amarlo ed esserci portato e tu hai spunti interessantissimi.

    • Ho commesso molti errori di grammatica per scrivere nella fretta del pensiero. Quando rileggo vedo che il mio cervello corre piΓΉ veloce delle mie mani. Ciao.

  5. Sono convinta che l’apprendimento attraverso il gioco possa aiutare ma non deve essere il principale strumento. Sono stata insegnate di scuola materna, e spesso ho usato anche la musica e il teatro come strumenti.
    L’apertura a nuovi metodi di apprendimento non Γ¨ mai una perdita di tempo se fatta con intelligenza.
    Io trovo un buono strumento anche la lavagn interattiva.

    • Oh, sono d’accordo al cento per cento. I nuovi metodi di apprendimento possono sempre avere i suoi benefici e dobbiamo sempre cercare di scegliere la tecnica di apprendimento piΓΉ adatta a noi. Grazie per aver dedicato del tempo a leggere e commentare il mio blog.

    • Yeah, that’s true. You shouldn’t be too competitive otherwise it will be more detrimental than helpful. No I am not a teacher but I do feel like I can help students with the knowledge that I have

    • You’re welcome. Feel free to share with everyone across all platforms so that as many people can benefit from this as possible

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