Using Legends of Learning As A Hook Activity In Lessons: Kristen Boudreau & Sara Sexton
Kristen BoudreauAKA "The Baroness of Biology"
Kristen Boudreau has become a pro at using Legends of Learning as a hook activity in her lessons. Kristen explained, “I set up a weekly playlist when I am introducing a new topic. Every day when the students come in, they sign into their Chromebooks and go straight to Legends. They play for 10-15 minutes and then we start class. Often students will reference something they saw or learned in Legends during the day’s lesson.”
This intentional use of Legends in the classroom has allowed The Baroness of Biology to see astounding gains in student performance! “On the most recent 7th grade life science assessment, the pass rate for our county was 70%. The pass rate for my 3 classes of life science was a 90%! This year, since using Legends of Learning, I have seen my assessment failure rates decrease and the number of mastery scores on assessments increase. This is across the board for all student groups: ELL, at-risk, etc. When the students are gaming they are focused and engaged!”
Kristen also gives props to one of our many classroom management tools…the pause button! “Have you ever seen an entire class sadly moan at the same time because an activity is stopped? This happens every time Legends of Learning gets paused!”
Thank you, Kristen, for striving to meet the needs of all learners in your classroom!
Sara SextonAKA "Guardian of Operations"
Sara started using Legends of Learning this school year and has already become a Math Legend! The Guardian of Operations loves using Legends as an RTI tool for her sixth and seventh-grade students. “I look at data from our campus assessments and locate the [math] objectives that they need to strengthen. I then assign a playlist that consists of games and 3-question assessments between games that cover those objectives.”
A particular game that Sara’s sixth-grade students have enjoyed is Bakery Recipes. She stated that this game “has helped them solidify that a fraction of another number is multiplication. Students have not only had to practice multiplication but also changing mixed numbers to improper fractions. Many were discouraged at the beginning but once they got to the last few recipes they felt successful! This was [especially] a success for my non-English speaking students, because they were able to see the pattern and the visuals of the ingredients.”
You are truly Legendary, Sara!