2018 Grant Recipient – Breakout
Resourceful educators foster critical thinking and teamwork in the classroom
Do you remember your classroom experience when you were in school?
The times where the clock ticked by and you anxiously awaited the bell to release you for lunch or recess? Maybe you even wanted to breakout and go investigate the “real world”, but you just weren’t quite confident, quite ready? Well, here in Washougal, Hathaway Elementary has found a way for students to “Breakout” and have a lot of fun doing it.
By listening to and participating in the discussions with teachers and parents about getting the students to the next level, Heather Christofferson, Librarian at Hathaway Elementary, began her search. The search for that resource that will take the teachers and students to the level of application and to their goal to enhance the student’s use of critical thinking, application and decision making. Through research, and phone interviews, Heather found success stories across the country in New York, California, and right across the river in Portland, Oregon about an innovative educational approach called the “Breakout Box”. The platform of Breakout, created by Breakout Edu was designed to help students become better problem solvers, a life skill that is important as students progress into higher education and adulthood. It not only offers students the opportunity, but helps educators become more interactively engaged with their classrooms and get to know their students. Through video tutorials and 216 Elementary Breakout games in Math, Science, Arts, Social Studies and Language arts and other areas, teachers can create an environment for students to learn teamwork, and allow teachers to see strengths and weaknesses, and other areas where they can help their students find an atmosphere of success.
These kits will be used, over and over, with many grade levels within our building and I will again be sharing the possibilities with our Library PLC group to share with all schools. Over time, I see them being used to excite and motivate students for many years to come.