Friday, May 6, 2016

Breakout EDU in Grade 2!

Haven’t heard of a Breakout?  Do your students, and yourself a favor and check it out…Breakout EDU.   It’s the newest craze in education… and it’s here to stay.  With endless possibilities and continuous problem solving, critical thinking skills and engagement opportunities, you don’t want to be without a kit in your classroom.  

We received two kits (thank you Breakout EDU for giving us a great deal!) and put them to use right away.  We found the Sandbox a great place to explore and search for games, but for our first Breakout we decided to use a self made game.  Students have been applying their bar modeling, addition and subtraction skills through real world problems, so we decided to give them a real world task and crack the case of the Breakout EDU box.  Second graders had a blast!  They were actively engaged, thinking, collaborating and applying their knowledge.  


Some lessons learned (for the teacher)
  • When you open your kit, keep all your instructions!  Take a picture and upload to your Google Drive you can access from school, home, or wherever you might be resetting locks.
  • Keep track of the lock codes, I like to use Google Keep so I can quickly access from any device.
  • Start a Google Folder and track all your game ideas and creations there.
  • Garage sales... clearance racks... dollar stores… be on the lookout for fun and cheap containers/bags/boxes that you can put a lock on
  • Share, share, share- once you have a Breakout established take it on the road.  Offer to do it with a coworkers class, use it with your own kids, birthday parties, or in my case I designed one for my husbands 40th!  We had a Back to the Future 80’s themed blast.  Yes, adults too!  They were “totally” into breaking open the boxes.