Simon Says is the TPR (Total Physical Response) game at its finest, a must for teachers who believe in movement as main ingredient for learning.
Simon Says only requires some simple cards on which some instruction are printed: point to the window, close the book, jump, and so on.
The student reads the instruction out loud and invites their classmates to follow the instruction while doing the action themselves.
This game is about bluffing, penalties for not following the group, topic variation.
But the thing I love the most about this game is the possibility of using the language to get out of the linear scheme of traditional learning that sees the students on their chairs.
This game requires action, welcomes chaos and mess and gives students the feeling of being free among the classroom walls.
One note: for its extreme dynamism, I must agree with my colleague Teresa when she said you should play this game only at the end of the lesson!
“Taking part in such a project has meant a lot to me, Teresa. I would dare to say that it changed my way of seeing the teacher job that used to seem complicated and boring. Thanks to this experience, I found out that you can have fun in class without neglecting the learning process, and that you can give vent to your fantasy without feeling embarrassed because, at the end of the day, everybody likes games!”
Teresa Voce, educator