I've had the Breakout EDU bug since GAFE Summit Auckland this year. Although I'd joined the community a while earlier I hadn't experienced a breakout until the summit. I'm hooked. I think the idea of breakouts is just... well... awesome!
The breakout experience provides students with a chance to really practice team building, problem solving and critical thinking in a situation that requires all three to be successful. They've also got the added element of a little time pressure, so it encourages making decisions and failing fast.
I facilitated my first breakout session with a class of very eager year 3/4 students. They managed to find Cats Hat within the time frame, in fact I think they my have a had a few minutes to spare. It was really interesting watching the class dynamics, who they leaders were - which actually changed throughout the game and also who was able to cope with not have a roadmap of where to go next.
It was g…