I saw Kristy Placido’s Tweet recently about having success with another teacher’s take on the Word Sneak Game (from Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show).  I thought, “My kids love Fallon and they love games, why not try it out?”

Here are the results:

My novice classes and even my intermediates struggled with it. They really tried their hardest, but they just don’t have that wide range of vocabulary necessary to really be able to have a lot of fun with it. And let’s face it, if you can express yourself completely freely, then it is really hard to get into it. If we could figure out a better way to play and keep points at the same time, then I think it could work.  If you have any suggestions, please let me know!

My Spanish for Heritage Learners class of course LOVED it! We were rolling on the floor laughing! For the first time in a long time the whole class (of 30) was absolutely captivated by the same thing, and it just so happened to be related to our studies! This is so rare, folks, for this class to all get behind one common thing!

I just read this morning in my Accomplished Teacher newsletter by SmartBrief that games and quizzes are the most effective approach to learning. What side of the fence are you on? Have you tried any successful learning games lately?