Last week, our math teachers' circle meeting allowed us to experience the world of breakout boxes (affiliate link). We were placed in groups of 6, and each group was given an envelope full of questions.
Here's the box we were trying to break into.
Close-up of the six locks we had to unlock:
After two hours of solving problems, my group had unlocked three of the six locks. This wasn't the outcome we were hoping for, but I still really enjoyed the experience.
I liked the instant feedback I received about my answers based on whether the lock came open or not. I worked all evening on unlocking the pink lock. As you can see below, I was ultimately unsuccessful.
On the way home, my husband joked that these should be called "break in" boxes instead of "break out" boxes.
I've always wondered what it would be like to do one of these in my classroom. I'm so grateful for this opportunity to experience it as a participant.
Want to find out more about break out boxes? Check out Breakout EDU.