Pencils, Backpacks, and Perspective: Zombies in the Classroom

Zombie-based learning – what? Maybe you have yet to hear about this new mini-trend in education. Don’t worry, I only recently heard of this new craze. So what’s the deal with zombie-based learning and what exactly is it?

Well, it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Using the latest sci-fi craze to educate students. This has branched into every subject from math to English and rather incredibly seems to get the job done. Students (non-zombies, of course) across the country are tackling mathematical formulas hypothetically predicting the spread of a zombie virus, writing epic stories of the zombie apocalypse, and even learning a bit of geography – gotta be prepared. And though this all sounds like a pretty strange way to be educating students, doesn’t it also sound just a bit more fun and exciting than your run-of-the-mill teaching method?

If you break it down, it’s easy to see the appeal of incorporating zombies in the classroom. The potential lessons can meet standards while also fostering critical thinking skills and creativity. And the emotional appeal of it (similar to what I discussed last week, here) means students can really get into learning, enjoy themselves, and hopefully retain a lot more information and practical experience. Let’s also not forget that it would give teachers a chance to get really creative with their curriculum.

Alright, so maybe you’re not convinced. Maybe it all just seems a bit too gruesome to focus on zombies throughout a curriculum. That’s fine, I mean, it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. But I for one wouldn’t hesitate to sign up for a zombie-based class if I was given the opportunity.

If you’d like to read more about zombie-based learning, here are a few more things to check out:

From Edutopia

From ZombieBased