Wednesday, August 11, 2010

GAME plan for students

Using the GAME plan to work through and continually monitor and update goals is a simple process. Students also love to take the simplest possible means to completing tasks and are usually willing to work if those means are fast and easy to follow. Keeping that in mind, I believe it will be easy to use the GAME plan procedures with my 5th graders, IF I establish the process early on in the year.

Review of the NETS-S confirmed the work I have been doing on my content area plan and other assignments I have been constructing for the beginning of the year. My own GAME plan relates to the students' NETS for Communication and Collaboration. They will be using a blog page very early in the year and I plan to insert digital storytelling at the beginning of the year, also. The stories will work with the Creativity and Innovation. The other 4 NETS-S are integrated throughout my lessons. I believe I will be able to have my students modeling the NETS-S quite thoroughly without them even knowing what they are accomplishing. Of course, I will introduce them to the reasons behind the work we are completing, but I think I'll let them get comfortable first.

GAME on!


  1. Marie,
    I agree that when activities are broken up into smaller, more manageable sections, students are more likely to take an active role in their learning. In regards to the blogs you are going to introduce to your students, are you planning on asking them to create their own blogs or participate on a classroom blog?
    Heather Streb

  2. Marie,

    I think that you have some great ideas for the upcoming school year! You seem to have a great grasp on the different technologies that you would like to use. I also like that you are going to be teaching your students the GAME plan method. It helps to break ideas down into a workable format and take it step by step! Good Luck!

  3. Heather, I have a classroom blog with individual pages set up for their use; they will be able to post from school or home. Also, I have a parent blog linked to their child, so parents can contact, connect, and monitor their children as well. It took only a few extra steps, but I know it will be worth it.

    Chrissy~ I just hope I'm on track. I know what is now available and plan to use it all. I hope I won't be the first teacher they've had to show them these things. It will take time to introduce the technologies, but I believe spending the time to do so early in the year, will prove beneficial for the rest of it.

  4. Marie-
    I agree with your point about starting off with the GAME Plan at the beginning of the school year. It is important to set it up early on for a few reasons. One is to give the students as much time as needed to reach their goals. Another reason is to help make it part of a routine for the students. Good luck!