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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Want to have a Class Tournament?

With end of course tests around the corner it is always helpful to come up with ways to review that are fun and exciting for the students. To go along with your games, it is also fun to have a double elimination tournament. The problem with that is drawing the brackets to set up the tournament. I have solved that problem for you and have included a four team, 6 team, and 8 team double elimination tournament for you to use in your classroom.

Helpful hints:

1. Each tournament should revolve around one game.

2. Each round in the tournament should have a pre-set number of questions that will be asked.

3. There should be a tie breaking plan in place so that a winner can be determined.

4. A plan for the audience that includes getting bonus points for your team if you can answer a questions missed by both competing teams. Make this very attractive like double or triple points to ensure that the audience is listening. Also, be sure the audience knows that questions will be repeated from time to time so this is the time for them to write down what they may not know.

5. Do not allow students to use their notes when playing games that will advance them in the tournament.

6. Have a point system in place so each win gives a certain number of points. This will encourage teams not to give up once they lose a game. This way you can reward students for the points they score as well winning the whole tournament.

7. Yelling out answers without being called upon loses points for your team even if you are not playing.

8. If your school has a “battle of the brains team,” borrow the buzzers for the tournament; this makes for lots of fun. The formats of Lucky Numbers, Numbered Heads Together, and Family Feud can also be turned into good tournament games.

9. Of course I have not thought of everything but whenever you play a game or a tournament you have to have procedures in place to stave off potential problems. The more games you play the better you will get at it.


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