My name is Kaytee and I am in grade 4 at École Broxton Park School. This year, my Nana has been helping in my class. She has been helping us to make educational games. She has been coming in every Friday for about 4 months. When she comes to my class, my Nana chooses a few students and makes a game with them. The students design the games with her help. So far, we have made 3 games. Two of them were board games. But one of them we made was actually an online game! It was a Jeopardy- themed game.
Over these past few months I’ve really enjoyed having my Nana come in. She makes a huge impact on my school work! We learned how to set criteria for an educational but engaging game. Using the textbook we created questions for each game and worked together to make sure that the questions met the criteria.
I’ve really liked this because I find making the questions and designing the board can be a bit of a challenge for me but it wasn’t so hard that it’s frustrating. Other kids that made the game said they enjoyed it because they got to be creative and making the game isn’t boring, it’s interesting and we learned lots in the process.
The rest of the class all got to play the games. Each game was based on a region in Alberta. While playing the games students loved it and said that they learned lots about the region but still had lots of fun.
The way I think of my Nana coming in is that I appreciate her as a teacher, but then still love her as my Nana. This experience of having my Nana come in and help with Social has been amazing!!!!!
Gr. 4, Marantha Christian Program, École Broxton Park School
P.S. – Kaytee’s nana also known as Barb Gericke, a PSD teacher and Learning Coach at Woodhaven School. Seeing her share her understanding of Collaborative Learning as a volunteer and a Nana, we are thankful for the contributions she has made for our students. Thanks Barb!