If you are a teacher, Quest can add excitement and challenge to your classroom. While our badges are not based on state school standards, they are very flexible and you can either use them as-is, or adapt the requirements for your own purposes. Badges can help students visually see what they have been learning over the course of the school year, increasing motivation and responsibility towards their own education. Just a few ideas on how to use Quest in your classroom are:
Monthly Research Projects:
With an average 10 month school year, have students choose a badge from one Area of Discovery per month to work on as a research project. Since there are nine Areas of Discovery, that leaves the last month to have the kids learn to write their own badge. For example, in September you may have them choose from badges in Discover Art; October might be Discover the Outdoors; November Discover Character, etc. At the end of the year, kids should be familiar with what is needed to earn a badge and they can write one around their own interests, taking that interest to the next level.
Individual Unit Studies:
If you are looking for ideas for a specific subject, check to see if we have a badge written for it. For example, if you are looking for a way to make the holidays a little more fun and educational, check out the requirements for the Holiday badge, the Christmas Ornament badge, or the Holidays Around the World badge. If you are studying water in your science class, check out the requirements and ideas in badges such as Water, Oceans, Water Safety, Marine Life, Fish, Natural Wonders, etc.
Improve your students' character by working on badges such as honesty, responsibility, diligence, and kindness. Each badge has ideas both for discussions and activities that revolve around the chosen character trait.
Award badge pins (if your budget allows) or present printed certificates to the kids as badges are completed to show off their accomplishments and interests.