We asked the parents for any request that they might have for us and we got the following response: please continue game club, teach more English, and speak English fundamentally. And one parent think it would be wonderful if her children can play chess or shogi. Kyi Phyu Tun Reflection is really important Dewey and discussions can let students practice critical thinking or creativity or communication skills. Marina Saegusa When we played Ringleding, the children were bored after playing it for 10 minutes, but when we changed the rules and playing style, they were able to play the same game longer. The video games are limited to 25 minutes so they count the times with a timer. The reasons why students participated in Game Club There are several reasons why students participated in Game Club. We met them at the university, and continued to meet and loan them games they looked up rules online, or made their own rules…. Kyi Phyu Tun A family asked us to teach them a Spanish game Game of the Goose. It is that make game progress smoothly: I concentrate on dealing cards, increase a number of a card hand, sit in order. However, English enters their ears naturally, the meaning of English also enters their ears and children can develop an ability of English. We asked them about their opinion of games and Game Club. The teacher has a responsibility to create a friendly and good relations between the students. On the other hand, the reasons why children do not want to make games in the Game Club are 1 they like playing games more than making games and 2 they can not come up with a new idea of games. The following is the answers from them. However, they dislike the following ordinary games: 1 exercising games; they do not like exercising their body, 2 Rock-paper-scissors; they win or lose soon, 3 battle games; they make students scared, and 4 English learning games; they cannot learn English. I only teach English by using card games or story telling games by showing them pictures or let them create the new words by using cards. Children like strategy games the games which players need to think more better than easy games. I had to ask very direct questions - they had trouble making general reflections. Emi Kaneko As for me, it's a problem to explain them the rules of the games in Japanese especially for some complicated rules. Parents We also sent out questionnaire to parents. However one parent said that video games are only bad when a child plays it just by him or herself while playing with friends. This way I was able to get more attention from the children because they have to understand the rules to play the game. Children were able to play difficult games, Qwirkle, Tsuro and they can understand rules quickly. There are some reasons. We asked parents how they think of the Game Club. Some parents also want their children to play strategy games. Most of the parents said that when something is being taught by games, the children can have fun while learning. The reasons why children want to make games in the Game Club are 1 making games is fun, they may come up with the new ideas of exciting game, 2 they want to recreate the games which they have played in the Game Club, 3 they make games with their own interests and ideas. The games students like and dislike The children preferred to play the following familiar games: 1 board games; they can change rules while playing them, 2 creating games; they can create them with their ideas, 3 battle games; they can collaborate with other players and victory makes them exciting, 4 video games; they can play them with a lot of people, 5 fishing games; they can play them with their pleasure, and 6 role playing games; they can spend their time within their imagination. Half of the parents said no because they do not want to lose any pieces of the game, but the other half said yes that they would like to take the game home and play. Ayae Odagi When I played a conflict game with one boy and one girl, the boy liked to challenge me. So, it worked better when I explained the rules as we play the game. I pretaught and drilled using English and Japanese and there is a lot of repetition in the game. On the other hand, it is a great experience to deepen exchanges by spending time with university students and the professor and playing with them. in May,September, November and December Game Club. We also asked them if they want to borrow games from us. For example, they allow children to play video games after they study for 30 minutes or after homework or preparation have finished. After these difficult games,I asked kids if the game was difficult. From Staffs We asked several questions to the Jidokan staffs. I also find a way of solution. All the children want to be winners and sometimes there are arguments between them so that, the teacher must give the discussion time for them to make negotiations. Whether students want to make games in the Game Club or not Some children want to make games in the Game Club, others do not want to. Emi Kaneko Kids like difficult games more than easy games. Lost Cities worked better it was easy to see what all the players focused on, so they could compare results. They can change the rules a little to make a game funnier. Sometimes, the teacher needs to be flexible to teach the children the complicated strategy games because the children can't follow the rules not only because they are young but also there is a age gap between them. Firstly, in case of games which have a system of turn-taking, some kids take a long time to grasp the situation and to make a decision. Whether students want to play strategy games in the Game Club or not The reasons who answered yes were 1 they have not played the games yet and the games look exciting, 2 they want to think deeply while playing, 3 they want to play heavy strategy games more and more, 4 the more heavy games they play and win, the more pleasant they feel, 5 they like that kind of games. Some of the parents think that their children are learning some English, but most of the parents said that they do not think the children are learning. His action was provocative. Some parents say that if they want to win the game, they can be creative for the victory. Some parents answered Game Club is a place where children could interact with people in different ages through the games. When we played Duck Duck Go, May 10, we played it using the simplest rules. However the parents thinks that the Game Club is a place for their children to get used to English. The games students want to play in the Game Club We asked students what kind of games they want to play in the Game Club. However one parent said that it might be impossible to play an foreign games in English because the children usually do not know any alphabets. Lastly, children play outside when it is sunny. Kyi Phyu Tun 2. On the other hand, the reasons why they want to play games in Japanese are 1 they do not know English well and 2 they do not want to learn English outside of school. The reasons are to communicate with a lot of people, to learn new games and English, their grandparents and parents recommended to join Game Club, and children like games. These are the questions we asked and opinions we got from them. The reason is that the number of rooms are low and the space of rooms are small, so the number of children who play inside is limited. Our Observations and Reflections The following paragraphs are reflective statements from various teachers teachers' names are given in parentheses after the paragraph. Although it seemed they had trouble playing it, some kids wanted to play it using the advanced rules. First, staffs told us that children play and use games in Jidokan, not making their own games. Secondly,dealing cards, moving pieces and counting points takes time. We asked the parents how they think about teaching English using games. Therefore, whenever I teach strategy games, I examine children psychology such as their leadership skills, their creativity, their enthusiasm and so on. Marina Saegusa I think the most important thing for teaching games to children is that we must have a good communication between each other. In Duck Duck Go, managing pieces is sometimes difficult and takes time. While they are thinking, other kids have to wait, and get bored or lost their concentration for example,Castle Panic, Duck Duck Go.. Almost every time, after couple of rounds, some children suggested changing the rules a bit. Most parents think Game Club is a very nice place to have fun by using English, playing with many people and playing many kinds of games. They want to make the following games 1 maze game, 2 battle game, 3 board game, and 4 Japanese history game. Jonathan deHaan According to my experience , we can't teach English by using games especially the Strategy games. The reasons why the children want to play games in English are 1 to play games in a group makes them have fun, 2 they want to communicate in English, and 3 they want to learn English more and more. The reason is that the Jidokan invites university students and foreign professor, which other Jidokan do not do. Another way of playing smoothly is to play games in small group even if the game can play in big group. When we play a game for a long time, more than 60min, some kids get bored. Secondly, staffs think Game Club as good chances to make new relationship for children. According to my experience, first, I explained the rules in Japanese as much as I can and then, I gave them time for discussion about the rules to make sure that they really understand the rules or not. A month later, one girl could remember that grammar and the names of the common animals not the uncommon animals - deer, hedgehog, snail. The reason for the person who answered no was that she does not like that kind of games. I had a hard time getting kids to talk after Carcassonne.
We received completed questionnaires from 9 children, 6 parents and 3 Jidokan staff. Many parents want their children to play cooperative games to communicate how to pass out cards in poker many different children in the Game Club.
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Thirdly, the staffs do not think of the Jidokan as an education place as cram schools by playing games which players can learn English. Moreover, they can understand not only rules but also which way is the best to win. For instance, Castle Panic can be played up to 6 people, but we should play it less than 4 people. Since some teachers tried to teach English, we asked the parents if they think that their children are learning English while playing in the Game Club. In addition, in Jidokan, it is banned to bring game machines, so children play the games outside. Many parents think games can help children improve their creativity. Most of the parents have bad images of video games and good images of analog games. I help it. We asked parents what kinds of game they want their children play in the Game Club. We asked the parents how they think about video games and analog games. Fourthly, as to research project by children and the university students, the children do not recognize they are doing some projects during participating Game Club.