The advantages of using games, for a specific reason, in the classroom are many. They give students the opportunity to explore and practise number concepts including counting sequences, one-to-one correspondence, and basic addition and subtraction facts. They allow students to develop at their own pace and learn from each other. A positive attitude towards mathematics is developed by reducing the fear of error and failure. The games we created will help students develop their understanding of a number of concepts or consolidate previously learned concepts. I will have the opportunity to observe my students as they work and provide feedback and feed forward.
We used the design process to create our games. After identifying what maths concept they needed to practise the students researched different games they could make, using simple materials, for ideas. They could choose to work with a partner or independently. They then drew up a plan of their game and created a materials list.