I recently had the opportunity to facilitate and debrief a Breakout EDU game with a teachers. This is the 2nd time that I had been able to work with this group. Now, usually I feel like one experience with Breakout EDU should launch a group of teachers into the realm to take it on for themselves. However, during our second debrief session, I realized that the conversations being had were so much richer the second time than the first time. Ideas of failure came up for the first time in their conversation. Ideas of connection and engagement came up for the first time.
90% of the group had been through the experience the first time, but there were a few with scheduling conflicts. It was SUPER interesting to see the looks on their faces, when I started the timer and the majority of the group starts lifting things up, getting down on their hands and knees to look under chairs and tables. They didn't know that they had permission to dive in.
This really struck me. I feel like Breakout EDU really shines a light on the type of learner you are because you are approached with unconnected threads and need to sew them together. You are genuinely reacting to the situation you are placed in. You are genuinely learning with a group. Your learner side, shines through the chaos.
I feel like it all comes back to the idea of permission. Do we give our students permission to be themselves? They spend so many hours of the day in a classroom, where they may or may not be allowed to be themselves. Do we give students permission to connect threads of knowledge together? Or do we ask them to wait til we tell them how to connect the dots?
I'm curious, how do you give your students permission in your classroom?