BrainWise instructors have a wide array of popular games that offer exciting ways to help students and clients practice using The 10 Wise Ways. At a BrainWise site in Denver, high school students are used to reinforce BrainWise at a nearby elementary school. In order to make the learning more fun, the high school students played BrainWise Jeopardy with 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders who had been taught BrainWise in their classrooms.
For this project, with the help of the BrainWise instructors, the mentors created their own materials and inserted customized BrainWise questions into the Jeopardy format.
First, they identified five topics for the headings. Because the game was part of an after school program, they included a fitness heading – “GET PHYSICAL”. Other headings were “JUST GETTING STARTED,” KNOW YOUR BRAINWISE,” FACT OR OPINION,” AND “COMMUNICATION.”
Then the high school mentors divided the elementary school students into two teams of fifteen students each. Each team picked a student to represent their team on different questions. The chosen students selected a heading, picked a question, and used others on the team for support. Each heading had questions under four monetary categories ranging from $100 to $400 and the instructors inserted increasingly difficult questions behind each of the monetary signs. It was an exciting and fun way to reinforce what they had learned.
BrainWise Jeopardy is a powerful teaching tool. The headings and statements can be changed, and can be created to be as easy or as difficult as needed. Competitions between classes can be held, with winning teams answering more difficult questions. Templates for a wide range of games can be found on the Internet or teachers can create their own. Either way, students have fun while learning to make decisions using the wise ways.
Please let us know how you use games to teach BrainWise, and we will share them on www.brainwise-plc.org.