What Games Do You Play?

Games! I’m sure if you think back to all the games you have played since you were a child, you can list several different types of games, depending on your age level and personality.  Babies play peek-a-boo, toddlers love to play with shapes and toys that make lots of noise and music, pre-schoolers enjoy hide-and-seek, school age children like to play tag, all types of children and adults play sports, video games, board games, etc.  Games have been around for ages and there is such a variety that everyone can have their very own favorite.

So, what’s your favorite game?  Why do you enjoy it?  How do you play it?  What’s the purpose of the game?  How do you win in it? Is your fave game easy or difficult to learn, beat, master, win?


  1. Peruse the different game topics on http://studentchallenge.edublogs.org/
  2. Pick a topic and label it correctly
  3. Write at least 200 words about the game, rules of playing the game, why you enjoy playing it, etc.
  4. Search and insert an image that represents the game

If you have more than one type of game, feel free to share more than one.

Make sure you go to other students’ EduBlogs http://studentchallenge.edublogs.org/march-2015-students/   and read at least one other blog post.  Make sure you leave a comment with a link to your blog so that they can respond back to you and you can still be a part of the EduBlog Challenges.


Reflection on 60 Second Shakespeare Script and Performance

We read the Shakespearean Drama Twelfth Night, watched the movie version clips, and analyzed the different characters and plot lines.  Students used their creativity to design a 60 second script that included the most important characters and scenes; then, students performed the scenes in front of their classmates to showcase their knowledge of the events in the acts as well as demonstrate how these characters portrayed themselves.  Now, it’s your turn to evaluate your script creation and authentic performance in order to reflect on the overall assignment/learning process.

Please complete the following:

1. Go to your JTLearn Period Pages and click on your group video.  Watch your performance, making sure you truly view your play-acting to be able to evaluate yourself.  You may want to watch the other groups to be able to compare your performance to that of others.

2. Self-evaluate yourself.  What did you do well?  What could you have improved in your performance?

3. Write a new blog post with 200 or more words including the following information:

  • Summarize the act your group had to summarize in a 60 second script.  Who were the important characters? What were the important actions/events in this Act?  How was this easy or difficult to do within a 60 second script format?
  • Evaluate the group collaboration by explaining how well your group communicated and worked together.  What were some of the positive aspects of how your group functioned together?  How do you think your group could have improved while working together?  Was there a group leader or did all of you take equal part in making decisions and/or keeping the group on task? What advice do you have for other students doing group work?
  • Explain your preparation for the performance.  What did you have to do specifically to prepare for the performance?  Did you memorize your lines or bring them up with you during the performance?  Were you nervous or confident?  Did you use any props?  What would you have done differently if you could re-do this performance, or at least the preparation for the performance? Why?
  • Analyze your performance by being honest and reflective of your own participation in the performance.  What did you do well?  What do you think you could have done better?  Were you comfortable? shy? scared? excited? confident? confused? apprehensive? Looking at the video and being able to see yourself perform as well as your group members, how do you feel you did?  Are you satisfied with your performance?  Why?  Would you have done anything differently? If so, what would it be and why?  How could you improve your own role and your own performance to improve the entire re-creation of the drama for that act?
  • Compare the groups by explaining which group (out of all 5 for the class period) did the best.  Explain why this group you chose was the best out of all the others in your class period.  What did you or could you learn from their performance?  What did you learn from watching other groups perform?  Did you learn more from the videos or from the live performance?  Please explain.
  • Give advice to the teacher. Yes, I’m asking for your advice. I did survey students on whether they would like to perform in class or in the Little Theater and majority chose in the classroom.  Do you think that was a wise decision?  Or, should I have pushed for the Little Theater performance?  Would the groups perform better in the Little Theater, or would it cost more apprehension for many students? What if we had a live audience of other class?  Would that make you more or less excited about the assignment? What would you prefer? How do you think your group would respond? I surveyed your desires for group members; was that a good idea or should groups have been created randomly? Do you have any other positive comments about the activity or constructive criticism to help improve the activity for future assignments? Please share your thoughts because they do matter.