So a few weeks ago at university we were learning about engagement and how to get students listening in the classroom, and to know when they are listening. Obviously there’s the obvious one of putting them on the spot with questions and seeing if they know what on earth you are talking about, but we were told about another technique to get the whole class involved and I’d like to share it with you all so you can use it in your classroom if you wish to. It’s called Buzz Word Bingo.
Whether you’re a lover of Bingo or not, there are some terrific ways you can use it in the classroom in a variety of ways, not just for engagement but to add an element of fun to your lessons too!
Basically you create a bingo card with a series of words on it which you are going to say during your lesson/lecture and students have to mark them off when they hear them, and then normal Bingo rules apply. You can choose to do four corners, line, two lines and house.
I came across this great site for generating bingo cards: http://myfreebingocards.com/bingo-card-generator which allows you to create different templates and insert your own text, numbers etc. There are lots of different themes on it too, and you can create cards in different sizes; 3×3, 4×4, and 5×5 as well as having an automatic generator.
Here’s some examples of some of the themes.
And you can use randomise to mix up the order of the words on the cards so each students is different, just like in normal Bingo.
I’m planning on using some with my students after Christmas, so I’ll keep you posted on how it goes, hopefully they’ll love it. If you use it let me know how it goes in the comments below.