Leisurely Review Opportunities…umm Review Games

What games do you play to get students ready for assessments?

You can say it.  Review games.  We play them.  Our kids like them.  They work.  Why do we sometimes try to think of creative wording to get around the fact that we are playing games?  How about we step out of the shadow and into the bright light of openness?

As you are getting ready for the end of the school year, you’re likely to spend some time and thought on review games as a way to prep your students for assessments.  Here are the characteristics of a great review game:

-The game chunks the content into understandable topics.

-The game requires both skill and mastery of content.

-The game is interesting and fun.  Otherwise why subject your students to it?

-The game gives your students different ways to respond.

-The game exposes weaknesses (both to you and your students).

Later this week, we’ll be posting an Alive in Five video to highlight three review games you can do with your students to prep them for assessments.  We’ll be focusing on Taboo, Minute to Win It, and You Are/Iam.  The video will detail quickly how you can tailor the game to your content and age level.  In the meantime though, it is certain that many of you are playing other review games out there. 

Here’s your call to action: comment on one review game you do in your class and why you like it.

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Our April webinars are all about assessment. Join us for one or both of these events:

 Test Prep the Active Way
Join TCI to discover active test preparation activities that you can use to help students get ready for standardized tests or day-to-day assessments. You’ll leave the webinar with practical ideas you can use immediately.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
3:30-4:30pm Pacific (6:30-7:30pm Eastern)

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TCI Webinar: Assessment Tune-up
Join TCI’s Brian Thomas to explore innovative strategies and sites you can leverage when preparing review exercises with your students. You’ll get game ideas, website thoughts, and a chance to share your own genius. This is the first of three webinars designed to help you ease into the close of the school year.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
3:30-4:30pm Pacific (6:30-7:30pm Eastern)

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