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Topic:  How can you focus students on learning rather than gaming? 
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Subject:  RE: How can you focus students on learning rather than gaming? 
Author:  wiredwullff 
Date:  Aug 14 2010 
> They hate that learning thing and would rather play. The problem
> is, they are learning as they are playing. The trick is to get them
> to verbalize what they are learning. You can get some lively
> discussions going through competition concerning this
I am not a teacher, {but have tutored friends to pass math}, but I have a
suggestion; why not make a game or compitition on really good problems perhaps
splitting a class into teams for each new problem which would improve the
chances of eveyrone winning over time [perhaps you could graph the results of
the winnerlosers over time and relate the results to number series of special
interest. for example you could provide the math to figure moving in a line in
time and space according to Einstien and show how the fist application of a
imaginary number took place. the math provided it would still be hard for teams
and yet as teams they would gain experience in working a problem as a group ,
learning something of real value , and a real feeling of accomplishment for
working a hard problem. perhaps the ones to solve it or solve it the quickest
could reap a reward like on a hells kitchen show. while the losers could have a
study time or ?. it could be a once in a week or every day or? perhaps you could
stimulate game design /theory disscussions and ask them to develop a game using
the software tool and to explain it with simple game theory ideas already
discussed. I myself was in the third grade taught algreba by a teacher in a
special week course that was designed to show that students at that age cuold
grasp the subject if presented right and firmly believe that these concepts I
suggested could also be presented. hopefully there is something in my suggestion
that leads to somethinglike I said I am no teacher.
 
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