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October 2022 Newsletter

Director's Note

Dear friends, 

What happens when students lead the learning process?
How do educators prepare older students to lead younger students?

How do educators prepare themselves to empower older students to lead younger students?

In classes where older students lead younger students in math games, the number of students who solve problems at the advanced and proficient level increases more than in schools where older students do not lead math games.  This was the experience at Koch Elementary School compared to similar schools in the Riverview Gardens School District in Missouri.  You can see the findings and data
here.

Please let me know if you'd like more information: ted@enteam.org.

Ted Wohlfarth

Compassionate St. Louis, MO

What is needed to heal the divisions and conflicts that plague societies?

To answer this question, thought leaders around the world are working together on the Charter for Compassion. The Charter is a commitment “to restoring compassion to the center of morality and social engagement and rejecting any practice that breeds violence, hatred, or disdain.”  

People in many cities are striving to fulfill this commitment by highlighting and encouraging acts of compassion.  For example, Compassionate St. Louis brings together people who are dedicated to healing the divisions that plague St. Louis, Missouri. They advocate for initiatives that serve individuals struggling economically, emotionally, or physically. 

Last month, Compassionate St. Louis highlighted EnTeam Games as one of the initiatives that strengthen compassion. If you are interested in bringing together families from different backgrounds and stages of need, you are welcome to use EnTeam Games that are accessible to all. Together we can help build compassion by inviting leaders of groups, congregations, communities, organizations, etc. to consider using cooperative games. Cooperative games are a safe way to help people connect with joy and friendship. 

EnTeam Games are available online at no cost. Please share our Game Portal with anyone that would be interested. 
Friend of EnTeam: Diane Page

Do EnTeam Cooperative games strengthen children’s capacity to resolve conflicts peacefully?

Diane Page says, “boys figure out how to get along” when they have time between games to plan how they will improve their score.  
Diane knows that EnTeam Games reduce conflicts because she has three years of experience overseeing EnTeam workshops at 27 after-school programs funded by
ARCHS.  She also oversaw this summer’s enrichment activities at camps where staff learned to use EnTeam Games to resolve conflicts peacefully.  Diane has also seen the independent evaluations of the impact of EnTeam Games showing that children help each other prevent fights after playing EnTeam Games.

This past July, Diane oversaw the EnTeam summer enrichment program conducted by EnTeam facilitators -- Delia Lomack and Monroe Smith -- for three summer camps.  

Diane is Director of School Age Initiatives for ARCHS -- The Area Resources for Community and Human Services.  For the past 20 years, ARCHS has funded, enhanced, and increased the supply of quality after school programs for children and families in St. Louis' most resource-deprived communities. Diane is a graduate of University of Michigan.  She first became involved with EnTeam in 2004 when she was president of Child First Educational Consultants.  We are grateful to Diane for her years of support for EnTeam Sports and Games.

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Game Application: Using Digital dominoes to build bridges

How do educators use EnTeam Games?

Do students see benefits from playing EnTeam Games such as
Digital Dominoes?

You can see the answer in these quotes from high school students after playing the game Digital Dominoes:

  • It helps with the way we communicate with others in a way we haven't before.
  • It helps people cooperate faster due to the time limit.
  • We benefited from talking to each other.
  • You get to know people better from different places. [The players came from six high schools and didn’t know each other before the game.]
  • It helps improve collaboration skills.
  • It helps you communicate with people.

This feedback was in answer to the question, “What value or benefit do you see from Digital Dominoes?”

You can use Digital Dominoes to build communication skills if you and other players are on computers running Windows.  (Our next step is to revise the game to run on other platforms.)

To play,
Go here and click Play Now.  

Please give us feedback on your experience -- or if you have any questions, we are happy to help. Text 314.814.2000 or email ted@enteam.org

EnTeam Mission: Encourage educators - including parents - to use collaborative games that strengthen students socially and academically.  

EnTeam Vision: People can create more productive and peaceful communities by learning to win together - especially with those who come from different backgrounds and cultures.  

EnTeam Goal: Help children grow up with a well-balanced experience winning and losing both ways - win-lose and win-win / lose-lose.
We are grateful for the opportunities to bring communities together peacefully through cooperative games. The impact being made would not be possible without the team of followers and supporters that we have. If you are interested in donating to EnTeam Organization, donate below!
 
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