Teacher Review For Quandary

Great problem solving game with interesting story line.

Heather M.
Classroom teacher
Memorial Parkway Junior High School
Katy, TX
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My Grades 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 5
Support 2
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Individual
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
I used this first as enrichment with my 7th gifted English students. The skills of sorting details, making inferences, and predicting were what attracted me to the game. My students loved it and kept competing with one another to get a higher score. I then used the competition aspect to entice my low literacy 7th and 8th graders. I like that they could listen to the dialogue and still apply the same skills listed above. It went along well with a unit I do about the ends justifying the means and who makes the rules in a society. We did one episode together so I could guide them and they could see how it worked. That was helpful. Then we had class and individual competitions. Classes here are 45 minutes. By the time they login to the computer and then to Quandary they don't have a lot of time and many didn't have a enough time to complete an episode. Even though they are logged in, it does not let them pick up where they left off and that was discouraging to many of them. The graphic organizer was also too much information, it was overwhelming to them. I did like that it asked them to paraphrase and summarize but I would combine and cut down on it. The notes paper I didn't use because there was no guidance for them and they didn't know what to do with it. I love the product and the idea. I saw someone say that there weren't many outcomes but there were! Depending on who you talked to - the same choice could have different outcomes!
My Take
The login is nice to keep track of their score, but I'd love to have more information as their teacher. The login generator did not let me add more students or another class. Also, they really need to be able to login to the place where they left off, like a save spot? Our class period was just not enough time for my slower learners. Maybe having a guided tutorial for those that needed to hear it again and have practice after doing it as a class would be beneficial as well. This would really help support different learners. There are so many possibilities here and overall, they really enjoyed it.