Laser Pandas


Yeah? So what if this is what I do with my prep?

¬†First, don’t attempt to understand Laser Pandas; the Laser Pandas will choose to understand you.

The point of Laser Pandas was to be a bad game. My premise is, and always will be, that teachers take far too much of the cognitive load onto themselves. We get caught up in the minutia of lesson planning and quickly forget that this is where all the thinking is done.

My students took to Laser Pandas quite willingly, but for the wrong reasons. As you can imagine, teenagers in a school will flock to nearly anything that doesn’t smell like sitting in a seat and listening. This is embarrassing for what we call “education”, and only good for me because even my most paltry attempts at fun will be considered monumental by comparison. Kind of like reverse sun spots. Let’s fix this:

The pandas were separated into heads, bodies, and appendages pieces and randomly passed out to students. For instance, a student may end up with a panda that is blind, has scuba tanks, and has lobster hands. Now, let the awkward biology-class mating simulations begin!

Here are the rules.

Here’s the point: The students are to create new rules for the game. They are to make it more accurate. I love this kind of lesson because it’s so stupidly simple even I can understand it.

Fun => Not good enough => Edit => More Fun => Repeat

You could even give a quiz, if you’re so inclined, about rule edits. You could make each student run a round of LzrPndz and have other students critique.

Laser Pandas never stops teaching. Laser Pandas loves you and wants what’s best for your understanding of genetics. Laser Pandas is better than Laser Cats.

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