You walk in the classroom, a wooden box sits in the middle of the table with a hasp full of locks. Examining the locks closer, you see there is a directional lock, word lock, key lock, and a 4-digit lock. Hmm, what could this mean? Treasure? Trouble? Or...is it time for BreakoutEDU?
BreakoutEDU is my new guilty pleasure. I walk into any store and see new ways to lock a random object, or I go straight to the locks in any hardware store, thinking about how I could use them in my next breakout!
Students get 45 minutes to solve clues hidden around the room that allow them to break into multiple locks. They are told a backstory either with a video or by the teacher, and that is the last the teacher speaks - unless they use their 2 hint cards. These hint cards are used in case they need help. The catch? The hints cannot be given unless the whole class decides to use them. They don't have to use them at all though, if they chose not to do so.
This is Learning?
If you walk into a classroom, what can you expect to see? It isn't just a game. It really is so much more than that. Students are problem-solving, thinking critically, collaborating with each other, and learning independence in working.
Do students argue? Sure, but they also learn to work it out. Do some groups do better than others? Of course, the magic between some classes is different from others. That's okay. It isn't worth giving up. There are great debriefing questions to talk to kids about these Breakouts.
The BreakoutEDU games focus on math, science, ela, social studies, teamwork, etc. They are great for an introduction to a unit, a wrap-up to a unit, or to find engagement and excitement in the classroom. Another bonus? There are games for ALL grade levels and adults. I have tried this with Kindergarten through high school.
I am adding my BreakoutEDU video to the end of this, some photos, and a link to the Facebook group, which I HIGHLY recommend. It is a great community of educators! Go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/breakoutedu/ to learn more.
Fifth grade teacher in a 1:1 iPad classroom, sharing my journey with technology in the classroom