A student once asked me if Richard the Lionheart was ginger (we'd just finished a lesson on the Crusades). I stated that, yes, records show that King Richard I had red hair. The student gleefully announced that he had seen Richard in the city of Arsuf when playing Assassin's Creed. Once again, a video game has provided a visual queue for a student's studies.
Our hobbies and our professions are usually kept far apart. This is usually deliberate; a hobby allows you to take your mind off the work waiting for you. In other instances the career and the pastime are so different that they rarely cross paths. I usually put aside my enjoyment of video games when teaching… but every so often the two benefit each other.
All the way back in March, I highlighted five reasons why being a teacher who games could work in your favour. In that post, I focused on how allowing yourself to be a Gamer-Teacher can benefit you in the classroom. In this follow up article, I'd like to suggest how your 'gamer side' can further improve the individual student's education and well-being.
If you would like to read the first post first and the second post second, click here.