January 7, 2011 7:50 PM Subscribe
How can I make a spelling bee for a group of adult professionals the most fun ever?
posted by TrarNoir to work & money (22 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Next Wednesday is in-service day for faculty at my small community college. When I was asked to present a break-out session, I decided we should play a big game instead of talking about Blackboard or "authentic" assessment for the millionth time. I am having a mini spelling bee, and I would like to hear your ideas for making it light and fun.
Some important facts:
The session is 50 minutes long.
The participants will be community college faculty and possibly administration.
I expect about 20 people.
This day is usually boring and grueling, so people are expecting to have their souls crushed. Breakout sessions are supposed to be for professional development, but this is just for fun. I'm surprised it was approved, actually.
I know many people hate spelling, but I've had enthusiastic responses so far.
Ideas I already have:
The idea of participating alone will be freaky to some people, so I thought I'd have two big teams compete against each other.
In addition to having regular spelling words, I thought I'd include some more gimmicky challenges. Spelling backwards, spelling with a partner, and spelling the names of other coworkers are ideas I have had.
At the beginning and/or throughout, I could show brief, funny videos related to spelling.
I would love to hear all of your ideas to make this a great time. Do you know of any good resources? What other challenges could I use? What would make great prizes? Are there any good video clips I could use?