Glad I continue to follow educators. There are so many parallels between social work and education. This is a great example of putting away the lesson plan or treatment manual to do something creative to engage kids.
I was trolling the internet the other day and came across THIS article about Candy Crush. I’m new to the game, though I was immediately addicted when I started playing. I thought the article connected quite clearly to our psychology study focusing on motivation, so I decided to use it in class.
- I showed THIS video to hook kids onto the topic.
- After the video, I led a discussion regarding what games kids like to play and why they enjoying playing them.
- Students then read the article either independently or with a classmate.
- I asked them to jot down notes answering the question, “How does Candy Crush motivate players?”
- Students shared out their notes and found things like…
- Food is inherently motivating to humans. 🙂
- You never know when you will win.
- You lose more often than you win.
- The game is simple but challenging.
- The game gets progressively harder.
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