For his first TeachMeet NQT Marc Faulder presented on Games Based Learning in his Year 1 class.
Often GBL is purported at having engagement as it’s main advantage, but Marc talks of the difficulties he has had engaging younger children with it. He has made changes to his environment to allow them to engage with the turn taking and the barriers to involvement.
He has moved from introducing the XBox through whole class teaching, to small groups- which has allowed his planning to become more child led. This is something I have been thinking about recently across the curriculum, as the smaller the group the more reactive a teacher can be to their learning needs and the barriers to learning they may experience.
Marc shared some great examples of learning that has happened through allowing children to freely explore the games and feed them into their learning, including more conventional activities such as exploring shells.
He recommends the XBox Kinect as the sensitivity of the camera works well with younger children who might be less sure in their movements. This also allows an adult to sit behind them and ‘help’ with their movements to support.