Let’s play a game. Ever been to a school board meeting and wondered how they can be more lively? No worries. A reader sent along this gem to The Hall Monitor to help out. There may be a council or county version of this game but we haven’t seen it yet.

Do you get bored at educational-ese school board meetings? Try this.

  1. Before (or during) the next meeting, prepare yourself by drawing a square. I find that 5″ x 5″ is a good size. Divide the card into columns, five across and five down. That will give you 25 one-inch blocks.
  2. Write one of the following words/phrases in each block:
    • No child left behind
    • Test scores
    • Core competencies
    • Communication
    • Standards
    • Multiple exposures
    • Benchmarks
    • Proactive
    • Win-win
    • Think outside the box
    • Action plan
    • Result-driven
    • Assessments
    • Knowledge base
    • At the end of the day
    • Touch base
    • Mindset
    • Differentiated
    • Retention
    • Skills
    • Background knowledge
    • Effective learning
    • Exemplars
    • Implementation
    • Reflection
  3. Check off the appropriate block when you hear one of those words/phrases.
  4. When you get five blocks horizontally, vertically, or diagonally you win.

Any number can play.