Teacher Review For Minecraft

Encourages Critical Thinking and Student Cooperation

Ellen M.
Classroom teacher
Wappingers Falls Junior High School
Wappingers Falls, NY
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My Grades 7
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Student-driven work
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I use this program as a free time activity in my computer application class. My course is the first time students have to actually do assignments for grades. In previous grades the majority of times they were just used to doing activities. Therefore, after completing assignments I have activities with educational value for them to use.
My Take
I like this activity because my classes are made up of students from different teams in my building. When they are participating in this activity there are no teams. They all help and support each other. There is a real sense of creating a community and encouraging teamwork. They work together to create a shelter. they share milk to counter act poison. Since I still have some colleagues not in favor of computer "games" my only rule is that they may not "kill" each other off.