My name is Chayla Soden. I am a current Qkids teacher from the United States. I am passionate about my active studies of English Writing and Literature, Philosophy, and Religion. I am a stay-at-home mom of my son, Brett. I have a male Rottweiler and a female German Shepherd, one rescue cat, and two prairie dogs.
Most of us who start working for Qkids take the games at face value. We don't think anything of them. They're fun for the kids, easy to do and make the lessons much more immersive for both the teachers and the students. What more can you expect from them?
I’m here to let you in on a little secret: there are more from those Qkids games than you originally thought! You might just be clicking through them with your students, grateful for a second to stop teaching. Read on for ideas to help you better the classroom experience for you and your students through Qkids games!
The Qkids games are fun and easy to play and because of this, they go by really, really fast. Remember my go-to timing rule of spending 2 minutes per slide? If you were to play most of the Qkids games straight through, giving each student one turn, you would be done with the game in seconds. Why do that to yourself? Why do that to your students? Use what Qkids is giving you to your advantage! If you’re thinking “how do I make these games last 2 minutes or longer”, the answer is simple: play again! Play those games at least 3 times to 6 times. Maximize your time in the classroom for your benefit and your students.
"Who wants to go first"? I ask for a turn-based game. "Raise your hand if you want to play"! I urge. A hand or two goes up. "Okay, Elsa. Your turn".
There’s no hard or fast rule (besides be kind and professional) on how to approach the lessons in Qkids; consequently, you can play each game however you choose. So go ahead! Pick the child that is eager and go from there. Encourage the children that aren’t. Give each child more than 3 turns!
If you think about it, that's 12 times you're playing a game if you have 4 students per class. If you have students that need more time to process what you're saying, students that are having a slow connection, or anything else that could happen during a class, you really could spend 4 to 8 minutes on a game! This is important if your lesson only has one or two games in its entirety (which a lot of Qkids lessons have).
The 2-minutes-per-lesson goal is beyond reach, even maxed out, with this kind of approach. If you feel that one slide is tremendously hard to extend to 2 minutes, you already have the solution! Play those games! That's 2 to 4 minutes you've extended a lesson – it gives you a "get out of jail free" card, in a way.
What games should you play again and again, and what games should you avoid? Trust me, there are games that you should not do this with. One of those games is my favorite. It's Bingo! This game usually takes me a minimum of 2 minutes to complete without any repetition or extension.
Qkids has your back. They've given every teacher a very, very useful tool: the text-board. For games that only supply the teacher and not the student with the key-terms such as the game pictured, feel free to type out each keyword (after the students say them)!
One of these games is the Move Forward game (this game changes the theme but the mechanics are the same every time). The concept of the game is simple: get Momo to the top by having the students say the correct term for the picture! After every key term, add it to your list of words. Then, in the end, repeat the key terms!
Another game you can replay, and use the text-board, is this one right here. I don't know why I like it so much but I do! In this game, you would say "the cup is in the sink" and place the cup in the sink box. Then, the children must place the cup image with the words "in the sink". It's brilliant. There are more keywords than provided which allows you to experiment one to two more times with the same game. You can even say "the cup is in the sink", wait for 1-2 minutes, press Help (depending on student ability), and use the text-board to type your phrase if your students are struggling.
Go on, experiment! Test out everything you think of and see where it gets your students. I could go through game after game but instead, why not take some of this advice and try it out for different games. See where it leads.
If you found this article helpful, and are thinking of applying to Qkids, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org after using my referral link http://teacher.qkids.net/ref?code=ZMIVEB. I will be more than glad to assist you in your brand new career with Qkids! For my readers that are already with us, get out there and make the world a better place through Qkids!
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