Playing Barrier Games with students: is so much fun and incredibly useful!
When my students look as though they need a “play break” I often pull a barrier game or two from “up my sleeve”. The kids love them. They make for great language building activities … and often ignite some great giggles _ and even encourage friendships – along the way.
(Psssst = & quite “selfishly”, observing my kids playing these games makes for some authentic, valuable observational notes, as well insights into their individual strengths and needs.)
Okay… & so down to brass tacks:
“My Teacher-ish Purpose”: Barrier games can help to improve students’:
- listening skills
- expressive language skills – oral/social language skills
- referential communication
- ability to give instructions
- ability to follow directions
- confidence: opportunities to ask for clarification during “play”
- problem solving skills
- social skills
- experiences with trial & error
- ! etc.!etc.!
- & oh yah … lest I forget: They are often “super” fun!
When first being introduced to these games my first two question were:
1. What exactly are barrier games?
2.Which ones are the easiest to implement at the spur of the moment &/or on a budget?
Well, please refer to the sites below to uncover the answers to these questions … along with some “super-fun”, free barrier games to play at home or at school.
P.S. & before I go … let me say that I am always curious: If you employ these games which ones do your kids love? (… oh, & ones that might also be free and easy to set up 😉
In the meantime, here are some of my favourites!
Some sites to visit:
Downloads | Barrier Games – Talking Matters
“Barrier Games. Barrier games are a great way to develop listening and verbal skills … FREE to Download.”
Barrier Games – EAL Teaching Strategies
“Barrier games are an effective and motivating way of extending the language skills … be good for initial discussions on new topics or revising existing knowledge. … allow free-flow dialogue and allow the participants to work it out themselves.”
Pinterest Barrier Games
More Pinterest Barrier Games