I have grown up in a family of game-players. My husband and I are big gamers. For the most part, though, I’ve viewed my fondness for gaming as a guilty pleasure, time spent away from more important things. I cannot even begin to tell you how many hours I spent playing Tetris in college. Or Settlers of Catan last semester and over the holidays. Or City of Heroes and WOW before the kids were born. But now, I’m starting to rethink all that. Thanks, Cathy Davidson!
I’ve been reading her book for class, Now You See It. Not only does she make me feel better about all the games I play/have played, but she encourages me to consider games as a critical part of my kids’ education. In a chapter called “The Epic Win,” she focuses on the importance of games to learning. She relates the five characteristics of the “gamer disposition”:
1. are bottom-line oriented
2. understand the power of diversity
3. thrive on change
4. see learning as fun
5. marinate on the edge (Davidson 158)
Yes, please sign my kids up for these qualities!