Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Engaging With Breakout EDU#SOL16 Day 2

Each day in March I will be participating in the Slice of Life Writing Challenge. I got this amazing idea from Two Writing Teachers! My district is new this year to Breakout EDU. If you're not sure what it is, let me explain. It's the same general idea of a breakout room where adults are locked into a room. There are clues posted around the room, and the objective is to break out. Breakout EDU has brought a version of that into classrooms and it is amazing! "When are we doing this again?" "This was awesome!" "This used all of our special gifts and we worked as a team!" These were just a sampling of comments that I heard from students. So the premise of Breakout EDU is that there is a box, and that box has a certain number of locks. Apparently it is frowned upon to lock middle schoolers in a room! There are clues strategically placed around the room. The company has some premade games and we usually start out with one as we want the teachers to see what the format is. The kids have to use the clues to open the locks. We had used a directional lock, 2 number locks, and a letter lock. The students had to work together to figure out the clues. It was so exciting to hear their enthusiasm and awe and wonder as they worked their way through the clues to solve the puzzle! Such a rewarding day!

8 comments:

  1. This sounds REALLY cool! Kids love a good puzzle and this adds the twist of working together. Do they have boxes for elementary school kids? My fourth grade students would be intrigued!

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    1. The box is the same for any grade level, and there are premade games on the website. You just print out and set the locks as needed. There are a ton of elementary games for all content areas. There is also a Facebook group that is amazing and supportive with sharing!

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  2. Wow, this experience sounds amazing! I think so many of the struggles we have with kids is because they don't know each other. This sounds like a great way to get them talking and working together to build a great foundation. Thanks for sharing how it played out. (www.singlemomsofar.wordpress.com)

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  3. It's so exciting to hear your enthusiasm for Breakout EDU. So cool to be in a district that supports PD that teachers find useful! You are lucky.

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  4. I so want to do a Breakout. We have several escape rooms in our area and I think I need to check it out. What fun and how are you setting it up for kids?

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    1. We have the boxes, and on the website there are videos that explain how to set it up. Not sure if this is helpful or not!

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  5. I so want to do a Breakout. We have several escape rooms in our area and I think I need to check it out. What fun and how are you setting it up for kids?

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  6. Sounds like a lot of fun. What a great learning opportunity and engaging.

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