What Is An Escape Room Game?
You’ve heard of escape rooms. Maybe even played a few.
And you probably thought, “This would be such a great teaching tool! My students would love this!” And you were right!
School-based escape games are a great teaching tool. And yes, your students would love them. But what we can do is
create escape-style experiences in your classroom.
Playing Games? During Class?
Yes. Your students are going to play.
They’re also going to learn. And they’re not going to realize they’re doing both at the same time.
Here’s the thing. As a teacher, your ultimate goal is to prepare your students for “the real world.” And your students know it. Otherwise, they wouldn’t keep asking you, “When are we ever going to need to know this?”
So this is your chance to call their bluff. Or meet them on their own turf. Or some other equally cool cliché.
How Escape Games Help Your Students Learn:
All learning styles covered: Escape games can be designed with elements that simultaneously serve visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners.
Critical thinking: In addition to reinforcing subject matter expertise, escape games also encourage critical thinking, teamwork and communication skills, all of which are key to surviving in today’s world.
Attention: Timed challenges grab and keep students’ attention much better than lectures and other classroom activities.
School Kids love this stuff: Escape games involve elements that are similar to video games and role-playing games, resulting in enthusiastic student participation and generating Intrinsic Motivation to Learn.
Teamwork: Some students may emerge as leaders, allowing you to seek out constructive ways to leverage their peer authority to improve classroom dynamics.
Blooms Taxonomy: Escape games move students past knowledge and comprehension into the application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy.
Game Theory: In-class games are a great way to explore the principles and theory behind game design, a popular and potentially lucrative career path.
Problem Solving: Linear and non-linear gameplay can serve as a practical, hands-on demonstration of the logic principles required to program computers, a skill young people can begin learning at any age.
Be on the cutting edge: Escape games are one of the latest, and most exciting, brain-based team experiences around.
Your students will be inspired to use the knowledge they gain in your classroom to set and accomplish goals, solve problems, communicate effectively, think outside of boxes . . . and eventually be courageous and confident as they make their way into adulthood.
You’ll demonstrate that you’re a forward-thinking teacher, show off your students’ stellar test scores, and go home at the end of each term with extra apples (assuming students still give their teachers apples).
Will My Students Participate?
They will. Here’s why.
Instead of lecturing or assigning reading and writing tasks (yaaaawn), you’re going to put your students in the middle of a story and give them an opportunity to accomplish a fictional objective within a given time limit.
Not only does this get them up and out of their seats, it’s a chance to compete with their classmates, show off their individual skills, interact with each other, and experience big “ah-ha!” moments and wins.
Sure, good grades are nice, but escaping with only seconds left on the clock is so much more satisfying!