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This site is a collection of fun classroom games to make your primary school maths lessons exciting, interesting and above all Genki!.
"Genki" is a really cool Japanese word that means "fun", "lively", "energetic", "full of life". There isn't really a word for it in English, but if you've ever seen these games in action you know what it means!!!
This games on this site are based on those featured on the GenkiEnglish.com website. GenkiEnglish.com is one of the most popular Elementary School
teaching sites in Japan with over 2,000 visitors per day and has been featured
on TV and in newspapers around the World. "Taking Primary Schools
by Storm" was what the Japanese Yomiuri Newspaper said.
The site was also the subject of an NHK TV documentary which was broadcast in countries including India, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Canada, the UK, the USA and the UAE. and has been featured in many major Japanese TV series, including "Wataru Seken wa oni bakari" and the new Fuji TV Drama with "The Last Samurai" star Koyuki.
On a recent visit to the UK I saw in the news how teachers are struggling
to get elementary school kids interested in maths. I instantly thought
that many of the ideas I've been promoting with GenkiEnglish could easily
be used to bring lots of genkiness to the maths classroom. I studied physics
at uni and whilst I believe languages are very important, science and maths
are probably even more important!
So I took some of the best games, changed them around a bit and put them up in this new site for you to use.
Yes, totally!! Just about all the games can be changed or questions substituted to make them just as much fun for teaching history, science, geography or anything!
Most of the games work quite well just as they are, all the preparation
and testing has been done for you. There are however a couple of "Golden
"Losing" doesn't mean "losing".
Sometimes kids might get fed up if they lose a game, or other kids might tease the losers. In this case you must teach the kids the golden rule of games, the real meaning of "losing" is that you get another chance to try again!! You never fail until you stop trying!!!!
"You can do it!"
Confidence is the key, get the kids to think "I can do it! Maths is easy! I can do it!" - then half of the battle is done!
"Genki is as Genki does"
It's gotta be fun! These kids are the MTV, Playstation generation. "Chalk and talk" won't cut it anymore, the subject has to grip them, excite them and enthuse them. A game for a game's sake is no good, but a fun, challenging exciting game with a definite educational aim makes maths as cool as blasting aliens!
I'm British and I come from the most happening, kicking part of the British Isles, which is the wonderful county of Yorkshire !! I was also the Ehime Prefecture JET liaison officer to the British Embassy in Tokyo - so please check out the special UkNow Website
I'm 29 and have a First Class Honours Degree in Physics with Electronics and Instrumentation (European), having studied at the University of Leeds (in the UK) and The Universite Joseph Fourier (in Grenoble, France).
Genki English takes up just about all of my time, but when I have been
into martial arts, including Aikido, and learned to play the O-Koto. At university I did skiing and Tae Kwon
Do. But I spend most of my free time on Music Technology. I've had music
featured on TV and radio stations and some of my work is available on my songs page. I've also been a regular guest (speaking in Japanese!) on NHK's "TereGoji"
Please feel free to contact me if you want any more info about the page, or want to drop me a line!
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