What is a Breakout Box?
The short answer is, a box that students try to open by figuring out the combinations to several different locks. If you are familiar with escape rooms, it borrows from that concept, but instead of breaking OUT of a locked room, students try to break INTO a box with locks on it. The really cool thing about it is that the clues are activities that are specific to a class subject, so the students are LEARNING while they are having fun and are completely engaged!!!
Why isn’t everyone doing this?!
What I find incredible, is that not many people know about this! I learned about it in a breakout session at a professional development day with my school district in Petal, Mississippi. Originally from Texas (army wife), I told all of my teacher friends there about it, and they had never heard of it. So I have made it my mission to get the word out. Why is this so important to me? If you could see how hard students work, how well they work together, and how excited they are to come to class for this, you would know! I am so invested in promoting this, that I wrote a book to teach educators how to facilitate a breakout box and how to create clues within their content area. The book is in the final stages of publication and will be available on Amazon by the end of the month. Breaking Into Breakout Boxes: Escape Rooms in Education, is part how-to manual for creating and facilitating a breakout box and part ready-made resource for teachers to start trying out breakout boxes while they are leaning to create clues in their content area.
Details on how it works coming up tomorrow!