Post Category: Teaching

Teaching posts are mainly focused on specific teaching strategies, leading activities and general comments on pedagogy.

Let’s Talk About Dixit

Let’s Talk About Dixit

DixitIf you’ve never heard of the game Dixit, you’re doing yourself a serious disservice when it comes to board games. It has come to be the defining example of card-based, imaginative games. In brief, Dixit has you either trying to convince people to choose your card without speaking a single word, or trying to convince some people to choose your card by sharing only a single clue.

The key to the game lies in that italic word right there: “some”. Make your clue too obvious and everyone will get it; too obscure and no one will. It’s an excellent introduction to changing your “voice” for a particular audience, and could very easily serve as an activity in just such a lesson.

That’s only one way to put Dixit to work, however. There are many more!

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New Year, New Club

New Year, New Club

I began writing this post months ago, and have only just returned to see it through to publication. At that time, the school year had barely begun and I had just sent home letters inviting children to apply for Board Games Club Year 2. I have to confess my nervousness – last year was the trial run for only eight weeks and making the huge transition to running through the full year had me worried. Would we get enough replies? Would I get enough suitable applicants?

It turns out that the answer to both of these questions was a yes, but I learned a few things getting there.

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