When I was a child, my father and I would play Scrabble on Sunday afternoons. It was a quiet time for us to share our love of words and be engaged with each other. In my mind, I was really great at the game – often beating my father. Now that I am a parent myself, I realize that he probably let me win occasionally.
My daughter’s generation is more inclined to play Words with Friends on their devices, but I still prefer the immediacy and face-to-face engagement of Scrabble. Whatever your preference, these word games are an effective way to activate our learners’ prior knowledge and vocabulary about our class content. Simple to play, familiar to most, and easy to integrate into any course – what more could a trainer ask for?
Here’s my favorite way of doing it:
For more ideas about how to engage adult learners, check out my book "Caffeinated Learning: How to Design and Conduct Rich, Robust Professional Training."
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Anne Beninghof is passionate about teaching and learning.
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