I was in a global math department "hangout" the other day. One of the teachers presenting provided a great professional development opportunity for teachers to take to their teams and get feedback from students on how their lesson went.
The professional development looks like this:
go to a charity shop, find a game, design a lesson around it.
The teacher who presented found a game at a charity shop that was Marble Run. A marble takes turns round and round and the students had to find the plot the graph for distance vs. time. This is a great graphing stories, an extension of this activity is having students create posters with the plots.
This shows that any teacher can go out and design a lesson around a game they find for cheap. I have found many other teachers using these same ideas for using games around the classroom.
What games do you use in the classroom? Do you think you could use a game around a lesson next week? Could you do this with the faculty you work with?
Check out global math department videos here: https://www.bigmarker.com/GlobalMathDept