The story of Room 3 and Mrs Sprague’s journey into Minecraft Education.
Crawling out from under my rock and embracing Minecraft Education as a learning tool has been a brave step for this teacher. The engagement and passion for Minecraft is apparent within the classroom. Check out this persuasive writing, written by a member of Room 3, in support of Minecraft in the classroom.
As a teacher my main concern was: How do I manage and support learning in an area I know very little about?
In mathematics, Room 3 students had been learning to calculate area and perimeter on 1cm2 grid paper. I made the connection between the squares on the grid paper to the “square and blocky” world I had seen on Minecraft. I saw an opportunity to create a purposeful and fun learning task for students to prove their ability to calculate the area and perimeter of squares and rectangles. After sharing my idea with an expert - (thank you Mrs Graham) I had the confidence to develop my learning task.
Minecraft Learning Task
Learning Task Reflection. What went well?
What could be improved?
Students are sharing ideas with me for our next Minecraft Education task so watch this space. Having Room 3 students teach this task to another class with another Minecraft rookie teacher could also be another opportunity.