Jeopardy being played in classrooms

October 16, 2008 12:34:52 PM PDT
It's pop quiz time and here's your clue. A creative game that gets students excited about learning.

The answer, or the question rather, what is classroom jeopardy?

It's being used in schools and has winning results.

The familiar introduction to Jeopardy also means class is in session, at Roselle Park Middle School.

At a growing number of schools, the 'classroom Jeopardy' version of the popular game show, is being used as a teaching tool in a variety of subjects.

"They do history, they do geography, math, and any of the major subjects; English, and usually I do a little bit of everything," said JoAnne Carbotti, a teacher at the school.

Eyewitness News' Art McFarland also spoke to some students.

"I don't really like math that much at all, but playing a game usually helps me learn it better, and it's easier than studying," said Colleen Sweeney.

Not only are they required to think on their feet, but the students need to use what they know.

Elements of the game are in line with New Jersey's Core Curriculum Standards, which means students are learning some of what they should be learning. But educators are very comfortable with the idea that kids can have fun at the same time.

"Well, it's much more fun than, you know, pulling out a book and just reading. It's much more, it's like you don't just have to sit there and be bored out of your mind," said Zachary Lahr.

The school will soon expand classroom jeopardy sessions to other classes.

STORY BY: Eyewitness News reporter Art McFarland

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