Minecraft in the Classroom Teaches Reading and More
Last month, Scientific American declared, "... not only is Minecraft immersive and creative, but it is an excellent platform for making almost any subject area more engaging.” That’s a nod from a top science magazine to the game many parents wish their kids had never heard of. This endorsement follows Common Sense Media's seal of approval. On the surface, it's not so surprising. Something like 80 percent of 5- to 8-year-olds play games, and 97 percent of teens. Early simulations like Reader Rabbit are still used in classrooms to drill reading and math skills. But Minecraft, a blocky, retro, role-playing simulation that's more Lego than svelte, hi-tech wizardry, isn't just the game du jour. Use these effective classroom management tips to deal with difficult students... Being consistent is of paramount importance when implementing and executing... Tips for how to get a teaching job, including interview questions for teachers... Let me back up a moment. That's not Minecraft.