Autor: UNOi

Fecha: 18 de diciembre de 2012

Thinking about competition

By Elaine Gallagher          For Teachers, Directors, Parents, Students: This topic is open for discussion and comments. Feel free to give your opinion. Let’s look […]

By Elaine Gallagher       

 

For Teachers, Directors, Parents, Students: This topic is open for discussion and comments. Feel free to give your opinion.

Let’s look at competitions within schools and between schools. I am referring to academic competitions, not athletic or sporting events.

I believe that what we all do as part of in-house school games can be different from what serves well for competition. 

Having work or games based solely on content from our UNO books is O.K. for a while, but I’m concerned about the many kids and teachers out there who need a real mental challenge, who want THINK and use their brains, beyond the book.

We, in education, often under-estimate what kids are capable of and what they can do, and we over-estimate how teachers are actually «preparing» for their classes.

Planning classes for the lowest common denominator does not lead to interesting, stimulating, or challenging classes. I believe in aiming high for the best long-term results.

In various workshops, we tell teachers to go «BEYOND THE BOOKS». We tell them that the UNO book and the i-pad are simply «tools». Therefore, we need to do that with games or competitions, as well. We need to model and promote high-level thinking. 

Challenging, team-based word games, bilingual spelling bees, with oral or written responses, Simulated United Nations (SUN), research-based debates, are the roads we need to be taking for both in-house and interscholastic/international competitions.

EXAMPLE:

What 4-letter word can be placed in front of all 4 of these words to form a new word?

            ________ strong                    _________ way    

            ________ ache                       _________  line

This kind of word game, solved in teams, is a real challenge. The answer has to come from the students’ brains, NOT from low-level multiple-choice options.

Using activities of this type in team-based competitions, is my vision of UNO progressing to real quality work with high expectations….NOT the same old / same-old.

Your comments? opinions?
ALL ARE WELCOME.
Please SEND THEM TO:
elaine.gallagher@uno-internacional.com

 

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