Why Use Escape Rooms in the Classroom?

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Escape Rooms are really popular in classrooms around the globe. More and more teachers are using them and I’ve even heard of districts using them in teacher in service sessions.

But, what are escape rooms? How are they used? And why would I want to use them in my own classroom?

What is an Escape Room?

 
An Escape Room is an adventure in which players solve a series of puzzles using clues, hints, and strategies to complete the objectives at hand. People usually work in teams to solve problems, uncover clues, and crack codes in order to progress. A story line is introduced upon starting as well as basic instructions on how to proceed. A game master assists players with hints in case they get stuck. In addition, escape rooms are timed and the team that escapes first wins.
 
If you search for escape rooms in your area, you’ll discover many places that offer super fun and sometimes scary themes. From escaping jail cells to murder mysteries, the sky is the limit. Companies also book them for team building since escape rooms require a great deal of collaboration and team work. They are high pressure and team members must rely on each other and use each other’s strengths in order to succeed. 
 
So with all this in mind. why wouldn’t we want to use them with our students? Surely your kids will thank you and ask you for another escape room over and over again.
 

Why use escape rooms in the classroom?

 
1) To practice skills after a unit : Kids will be more eager to solve the problems and engagement will be through the roof due to the competitive nature of the game. 
 
2) To build team work: Do your kids need to learn how to work in teams? Escape rooms provide the perfect platform since it requires your students to use strategies in order to compete with the other teams.
 
3) To create a buzz: Your students will be talking about this for weeks. They will tell their family members and ask you to give them more. 
 
I have a few escape room activities for you to try:
 
 
Have you used escape rooms in the classroom? Leave a me comment below.
 
 
 
 
 

 

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