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Logic and Puzzles Can Increase Engagement and Build Problem Solvers

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Wednesday, December 2, 4:30–5:30 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Jake Kravetz  
Nancy Penchev  

Sixth-grader Jake Kravetz will share how logic games, puzzles, riddles, and gaming grab students' attention and keep them interested in every subject area. Jake will demonstrate the problem-solving programs he uses to train his brain. We will provide resources for teachers in all subjects.

Audience: Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Games for learning & gamification
Grade level: 3-5
Subject area: Math, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Create learning opportunities that challenge students to use a design process and computational thinking to innovate and solve problems.
For Students:
Computational Thinker
  • Students break problems into component parts, extract key information, and develop descriptive models to understand complex systems or facilitate problem-solving.
  • Students formulate problem definitions suited for technology-assisted methods such as data analysis, abstract models and algorithmic thinking in exploring and finding solutions.
Additional detail: Student presentation, ISTE author presentation
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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this presentation is to share why logic puzzles and problem-solving games are important for students and how they can improve engagement. At the end of this session, attendees will leave with different kinds of logic puzzles, riddles, and games that they can use in the classroom. They will also be able to create more for their subject area to help kids think deeper and build bigger bridges between what they know and what they want to learn about.

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1. Introduction of Jake and his teacher
2. Modeling of logic puzzles and games
3. Share resources we have created and found
4. Brainstorm small groups and partners how to implement in class
5. Share out
6. Let's beat Jake! We will team up to try to solve problems and riddles before Jake can solve them.
7. Share thoughts and ideas

Supporting research

Students are not always strong logical thinkers. Playing logic games and puzzles in the classroom provides a "safe" environment where kids can make mistakes and learn from them. These methods exercise the brain, build stronger math reasoning, and help kids become deeper thinkers. Students learn perseverance in a fun way that leads them in the development the critical 21st century skills of collaboration, communication, and problem sovling.

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Jake Kravetz, Scheck Hillel Community Day School
Nancy Penchev, Scheck Hillel Community School

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