Games are the hidden tool in a teacher’s arsenal. Who doesn’t love to play games? Students think playing games gets them out of school work. WRONG. Teachers know games are a beautiful to camouflage learning making it fun and memorable.
Resources disguising learning with games are not as readily available for secondary teachers as for elementary teachers. While discussing higher level games with the Simply Fun folks, they recommended Triage. Simply Fun is correct, this is NOT a game for elementary students.
Think middle school and above. Triage places students in tactical planning and strategic play while making social choices in a crisis. That’s a mouthful. How do you decide how many people you can save? What priorities are used in one move over another move. This is higher level thinking! Supporting resources are included in the game for teachers and parents to facilitate the higher level skills necessary in life.
Triage is a difficult game to learn, but once you get it, loads of fun (and learning) just happen in game play. This is NOT a game to be played in a short period of time. Leave the game set up for another class period, or continue the game with the next class. Are you confused yet? Watch the video below as it explains the game.
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