Play first, explain later
Emphasize hands-on, experiential learning before providing detailed explanations or educational aspects about the activity/game.
Students are less likely to participate in an activity termed as “educational.” Such an approach allows students to enjoy the activity more and discover concepts on their own.
Dos and Don’ts
Allow students to reflect upon the activity individually before explaining it to them
- Fosters a deeper understanding and personal connection to the activity.
- This approach maintains an inclusive environment, enabling both introverted and extroverted students to express themselves comfortably.
Provide freedom to reflect using any medium of their interest (text, sketch, audio, video, etc.)
- Encourages more authentic responses from students.
- Avoids monotony, especially since students have already grown weary of repetitive written reflection tasks.
Follow the “yes, and...” principle: Acknowledge and appreciate every student’s remark and add to it.
- It creates a positive classroom atmosphere and makes the students feel empowered and respected
- This practice strengthens the bond between students and teachers.