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Wednesday, March 8 • 11:30am - 12:05pm
Board Games that TEACH Abstract Reasoning and Social Intelligence FULL

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I will present several board games that I have used in class (some being MENSA-approved learning tools) to promote abstract reasoning and develop social intelligence.

Often we think of games as a diversion from the main lesson, a much-needed break from the rigors of learning, but what if the social experience of the game itself were the lesson? What if the repeated use of a game could develop abstract thinking in the same way any skill is developed in the classroom?  In a world of 5-second Instagram videos, how do our kids learn what a "set-up" looks like before the "punchline"?  Why should they practice visualizing a story when they could just as easily find a clip on Youtube and attach those visuals to the characters? 

I don't have all the answers, but I do have experience. My goal is to present you with a list of games I've used in the past, have a realistic discussion about what I think they can and can't do, and then just play in the time remaining. Much of what I mean to convey in this presentation will not come from lecture.

You can find the presentation slides HERE.

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Morgan Reynolds

English teacher, Medfield High School


Wednesday March 8, 2017 11:30am - 12:05pm
Room 115

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