Leverage love for competition
Integrate light competition into games/activities in order to add excitement and challenge to the teenagers’ experience. This can captivate teenagers and keep them engaged for longer periods.
Additionally, competitive games often require teenagers to strategize, think critically, and make quick decisions. They provide clear objectives and goals, giving teenagers a sense of purpose and direction.
Dos and Don’ts
Establish clear rules and guidelines for the game
- Ensuring that all participants understand the rules encourages players to compete with integrity and respect for others.
Offer a fair and balanced level of challenge
- This will ensure that the game is inclusive and avoid situations where some players feel overwhelmed or excluded due to excessive difficulty.
Randomize some elements and outcomes
- This keeps the competition more exciting, less unpredictable, and less personal.
Prioritize enjoyment over winning
- Making sure that the game is enjoyable to play (and the competitive aspect enhances the overall experience) means teenagers can experience the learning goals in a positive atmoshphere.