[caption id="attachment_107500" align="alignleft" width="215"] Students can discuss different strategies and probabilities by playing simple games.[/caption]

While most students enjoy games, even the simplest kind—such as tic tac toe—can help children develop important 21st-century skills such as critical thinking and mathematical reasoning, experts say.

During a webinar hosted by edWeb, Sarah DeLeeuw and Patrick Vennebush from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics demonstrated how basic games can help students become more engaged in math lessons.

Many rudimentary games give students a chance to make their own decisions, reflect on those decisions, and...

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