I stepped into Minecraft a couple of times this past week… I built a house with a rooftop garden. I let my daughter spawn all sorts of horses and chickens. I built a henhouse. And I flew.
It was fun! It was zen. It was addicting.
But while I was there, I was chatting with another participant who had only played survival mode.
And I got scared.
There’s no flying in survival mode.
I thought I should give it a shot, just to see what we’re heading into this next week. So I tried playing on the ipad.
I drowned. Before I even figured anything out. I fell in the water and watched my life slip away.
First, the air bubbles.
Then the little hearts, marking health points, disappearing with little >>pop!<< noises. (Or maybe those were just in my head).
Then I went back to the laptop and tried again. Twice. I died the first time, again, and then I started dipping into the internet and finding people smarter than me. I learned how to make tools. I built an underground house. I am getting attacked by weird things. I died twice. But now it’s not so upsetting. I know I’ll respawn. I’ll try again.
So this is a great exercise for grit, the new word we’re supposed to be fostering in kids. They are just missing grit.
I think my students have that, but they also don’t like to just have things be out of control. They’ve had enough of that.
So I still need to get to the bit about language learning. I have read what people have said. I have seen some instances; but I still think this works a whole lot better as EFL than what my kids are facing.
Anybody have curriculum-based examples you’re ready to show me?