The Ginger Teacher — Escape Rooms

Teaching Science Through Escape Rooms

Teaching Science Through Escape Rooms

Teaching Science Through Escape Rooms   Teaching science isn't easy. Not only do we worry about how to engage our students, we also need a way to deliver the information in a digestible way. This is why escape rooms are perfect for science lessons.   What are escape rooms and why do they work for science? Think about it. Someone comes to you with a problem. You have two options. You can either solve it yourself, or you can give it to someone else. Most people prefer to solve problems on their own, so that's what you'll end up doing....

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What to do if you don’t have the skills for this

What to do if you don’t have the skills for this

You probably already guessed by now that I spend a great deal of my time planning, creating and using escape rooms to teach. I have been doing it for a long time and every time I switch to a new platform or tool, for making my rooms, I feel the learning curve all over again! For me that is part of the fun, I love learning new skills and I enjoy the process of creating better and better games. But I get that most people do not have the time to learn all these new tools, so they can feel...

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Reaching Students Through the Screen

Reaching Students Through the Screen

Reaching students through the screen Do you ever want to just reach through the screen and give your students a hug, or a shake? I have looked out at the sea of black boxes with white names written across and wondered if they are even still there never mind taking anything in!   Even if your students aren’t like mine and they are actively taking part in the class, you might still be worried how much you are getting across. Maybe it is because I am old, but I often have trouble judging how much the students actually understand in...

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Escape Rooms for Engagement

Escape Rooms for Engagement

It has been a strange week all over hasn’t it? My heart goes out to my friends in America and all the scary things they are dealing with at the moment. Over here in England it has been pretty strange itself. Firstly, the schools re-opened and they sent the kids back… then they changed their minds and shut them all again the very next day! Kids are back to online learning, teachers (and parents) are stressed out and no one really knows how best to handle it! If you are anything like me you will feel that some subjects naturally...

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Are we losing in the technology battle?

Are we losing in the technology battle?

Are we losing in the tech battle? Happy New Year! I hope you had an interesting, if low key, New Year’s Eve. This year has been so different in lots of ways but I hope that you still had a good time. Today I’m talking about entertainment. Unfortunately, not yours or mine, but our kids’ being entertained. As a parent and a teacher, I sometimes feel that no matter how much planning and effort I put into something, a lesson or a fun activity, my kids would still much rather be playing on their phones or tablets. I have spent...

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