Escaping the Traditional Classroom with Escape Rooms
In recent years a new phenomenon has grown in popularity. Known as “escape rooms,” these rooms are “physical adventure games in which people are locked in a room with other participants and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles, find clues, and escape within a set time limit. These rooms require teams to communicate with one another, work collaboratively, critically think, and get creative. These four elements are the same four elements often used to describe what skills students need to be well-versed in to meet the demands of the 21st century. Here at Woodgate, we have taken the concept of escape rooms and adapted them for instruction. Within these rooms, students engage in material they have previously covered, work together as a team, think outside the box, and have to critically think about how the clues are related. Incorporating hollowed out books, locked safes, black lights, iPads, and more, teams have only a certain amount of time to escape. In Mrs. Alford’s and Mrs. Cubos’ ELA/SS classes, students were taken back to 1941, where they became spies for the Allied Powers and infiltrated a notorious Nazi Colonel’s office to learn the secrets of the next big attack. These lessons combined with technology provide students with an immersive and engaging experience that transforms the classroom, which is what we are all about here at WoodGreat.