Play

Three weeks ago, I tried giving a quiz to my class using a website called Kahoot! We had been studying the beginning of the Cold War. I co-teach two of my World History class periods with another teacher and she said that the students had loved doing a Kahoot the previous quarter!

My colleague and I created a Kahoot! Here’s the quiz. I found myself terribly stressed giving this quiz using Kahoot! There were all these moving parts going on while the students typed in the quiz code into their cell phones or iPads. Many of us had to wait for others in order to start. I set each question at 20 seconds. Sometime 20 seconds was enough and sometimes it was just right. Many of the students really did enjoy taking a quiz in this setting because it is competitive and more of a game. I questioned the entire day why I had agreed to this because it made me stressed. Yes, it is a fun way to use technology but I wondered if they really learned and I could not really evaluate if they knew the answers to the questions.

I saw the Kahoot as a teaching failure. I had expected too much. I think in the future that it is a great way to review knowledge in a fun way. After I gave the Kahoot for a third time and the school day ended, I realized that I should have just relaxed and acknowledged that I had given it a try. I failed in the sense that I had expected it to be a quiz when in fact it is more of a fun, interactive way to review information.

 

Snow Day! Play!

Last Monday, February 6, 2017, the Seattle metropolitan area came to a halt. It snowed! We woke up Monday morning to school closures and a few inches of wet PNW snow. I had all these intentions to get caught up on my work and my school work but ended up taking some time to play with my kids! They are quite adorable aren’t they?

Which leads to a part of my coursework that I’ve been dreading. Play! We are experimenting with memes, GIFF (I did not even know what a GIFF was until January 2017, ha!), and SnapChat tools. Basically part of BEDUC 476 is to play! What graduate student would not want such a fun assignment. Well the answer is, me. All of it just throws me off. It reminds me of teaching a new innovative lesson. At first, teachers like me are nervous. The lesson is usually out of one’s comfort zone. Yet, after giving the lessons and seeing that it all went okay, hopefully the students learned something and enjoyed it. You feel relief but also pure satisfaction that you tried something new and had fun doing so! So maybe I need to just role with the punches, do my play assignments and get over the fact that I do not think I’m that funny and that I may fail.

Weekly Play!