Educational Escape Rooms are Now a Teacher’s Best Friend
Everyone knows escape rooms are fun and thrilling, but most don’t realize that they are now being used in classrooms as educational escape rooms.
Since 2008, teachers have been taking their classes on field trips to visit escape rooms. Why?
When you think about it, escape rooms have so much to teach children, or everyone for that matter. They can instill teamwork, creative thinking, problem-solving, and it’s a form of brain training.
Teaching with Something Familiar
Most kids from ages five to twenty-five have played at least one of the ever popular “escape the room” games online, so the concept is easy to introduce. They will likely know more about them than adults, and will be ecstatic to hear their educator tell them that this will be their next assignment or field trip.
What do Escape Rooms Teach?
Escape rooms implement teamwork as students work together to solve the various mysteries and puzzles. The valedictorian will be listening to the troublemaker who knows his way around certain puzzles. The soon to be art major will automatically lead in creative thinking. The leaders will surface quickly as they spot everyone’s strengths and direct them toward their forte.
Every student will have something to offer. This will build confidence, bring them together, and help them accept each other. Ultimately, leading to a stronger bond as well as a more peaceful classroom all around.
How Can Teachers Contribute?
Teachers can create interactive stories for their educational escape rooms that will spark interest in students.
Depending on your subject, your students will be stuck in a lab. The only way to escape is to find out what will cause an explosion in twenty minutes using the table of elements and experimentation. Or maybe you’ve been transported back to the 1700’s and the Declaration of Independence has been stolen. It’s up to a group of modern day kids to retrieve it from a vault. If you teach math, even better. There are tons of ways to incorporate equations into an escape room, and the stories will engage students.
But beware; they will beg you to create more time and time again.
Tough Concepts Become Elementary
It’s proven that kids who enjoy what they are doing are much more likely to learn it. While sitting in class all day, kids will tend to tune out what you are saying. Or try their best, but simply cannot grasp the ideas through the standard methods. Maybe they can pass the tests and give the correct answers when called on, but if they are truly engaged in the task, they will retain the information for years to come. Let’s face it, over the summer, much of what you teach is forgotten. But if you use these procedures, kids of all ages will be telling their friends about 1776 when they recovered the Declaration of Independence. Or even in twenty years, the then-adults will be explaining to their kids how to create acetone or how magnesium affects dry ice.
Just because they want to tell them how they learned the compounds for them!
Don’t Be Afraid To Keep It Simple
If you don’t wish to focus on a specific concept, you can always go with a classic zombie room, jailbreak, or any other educational escape rooms theme that will keep them interested. This will still have a lot to teach kids. In fact, nearly everything there is to learn from these rooms can be taught via any room you can create or visit.
DIY Kits are Available and Easy to Use
If you’re not the creative type, then you may be interested in a creation that was developed in 2015 called Breakout Edu. It is a new kit that allows teachers to bring escape rooms to their school as they transform their classroom into a breakout paradise. This saves time, money, and allows the students to pitch in during creation. You can even incorporate your own ideas into the room you will build.
Leading Future Generations With Educational Escape Rooms
Kids of all ages like games, and there is no better way to teach than to use what they already love. The key to teaching is for your kids to be comfortable, engaged, and having fun. Escape Rooms let teachers accomplish this in a hassle-free way.
Are you a teacher? Have you tried escape the room games as an educational tool? Leave a comment below with your experience. We’d love to hear from you!