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Incorporating innovative and practical methods, The City Game is an effective teaching method that simplifies the daily management of a classroom while introducing real world aspects.
Students are assigned jobs – Planner Checker, Police Officer, Bank Clerk, Deputy Mayor – and by working together they can increase productivity and become contributing members of their communities.
Throughout the process, students perform and develop skills they will need later in life, such as filling out a resume, understanding finances, discussing issues through respectful dialogue and understanding the incentives associated with a job well done.
Practiced through role play, the game promotes communication, empathy and clear expectations. Students become empowered to make choices, voice their concerns and resolve problems, bettering themselves not because they are told to but because they want to.
Benefits to using The City Game:
- Gives the teacher more one-on-one time with students
- Teaches students social responsibility, social emotional learning, accountability, and budgeting skills
- Reduces negative behavior and discipline issues in the classroom
- Increases classroom organization
- Reduces classroom upkeep so the teacher can focus on teaching
- Students take on more classroom responsibility freeing up time for the teacher
- Makes the classroom more fun for the teacher and student
- Builds classroom community
- Gives students more opportunities to share their voice
How The City Game works:
Students are hired for various roles like those you would have in a City - Deputy Mayor, Police Officer, Bank Clerks etc. The teacher is the Mayor. Students are trained for their role, and each role has responsibilities to do with running the classroom such as mediating arguments, tracking homework and planner signatures, blogging homework, classroom maintenance (recycling, sweeping), etc.
Each student gets a biweekly pay stub and pays rent on their desks. Students can save their money to buy their desk(s) and/or use the money for an auction that occurs at the end of each term.
Auction items are items sold from students with permission from parents. For example, a student will have a stuffed animal or board game at home that they don’t use anymore.
The heart of the game is the weekly City Council Meetings that are run by the Deputy Mayors. This is a place where students anonymously share their concerns and their peers provide supportive feedback. These meetings allow students to build empathy for one another, resulting in a foundation for building a positive community for the class.