What keeps people hanging on the edge of their seats? Cliff hangers? Suspense? Alex Trebek? Okay, maybe Mr. Trebek is not that eccentric of a character but he does understands his viewers’ perspective. The game show Jeopardy is a popular media syndication because it celebrates risks and encourages contestants to take challenges.
As educators, we face risks everyday in the classroom. Students wager their education against popularity contests, and this proposes a challenge for us. How can we effectively engage students our students academically while maintaining the element of fun?
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Create You Own Jeopardy Game: Introduce the popular game show to your math class by incorporating review terms and concepts in a Power Point presentation. It works for all grades and high school students will welcome the friendly competition of displaying their knowledge to the class. Math Jeopardy is perfect for the Smartboard but teachers can create a similar version on a chalkboard.
Six categories. Five questions. Three contestants. It’s GAME TIME!