I was just interviewed for a local newspaper concerning what we can learn from games. I was quoted saying that students may not naturally learn from games. We often say how helpful games are in teaching life lessons, math, strategy or whatever. As a teacher, I have realized that unless a teacher is explicit, students do not transfer their knowledge to other areas. Here are some ideas about drawing life lessons from games.
Here are some guidelines for guidelines:
They must be easily repeatable, quotable, meaningful, and memorable
They must be a generalization to all or a specified group
They are commands or they implies what we should do
They are short and concisely worded
Examples of Life Lessons written by my students….
-When you don’t understand the rules, you cannot play the game of life successfully.
-Be willing to learn new things so you are more equipped to make better choices and decisions.
-Commit to paying attention and reflecting upon the actions and behaviors of those around you.
-Your actions determine your outcomes.
-Your life experience is made up of the choices you make and the outcomes that accompany them each and every day.
-If you hope to have a winning life strategy you have to be honest about where your life is right now.
-Life rewards action.
-You must realize that your plans will alter and sometimes change along the way. Winners adapt to these new developments.
-A strategy requires courage, commitment and energy in order to succeed.
-When you know your goals, you will recognize which choices support them and which do not.
-Study and dissect your mistakes so you can avoid repeating them.
-Study and analyze your successes so you can repeat the behavior that has brought you positive results.
-Losers just make it up as they go along
Here is a quote that sums up my thoughts………
There are one-story intellects,
and three-story intellects with skylights.
All fact collectors who have
no aim beyond their facts
are one-story men.
Two-story men compare, reason, generalize, using the labor
of fact collectors as their own.
Three-story men idealize,
their best illumination comes
from above the skylight.
–Oliver Wendell Holmes