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But it did. My first $5,000 grant for board games.
Three years ago I decided to start a "Game Day Friday" in my classroom and dedicated every Friday for my students to either read silently or play a board game I had brought from home. Even though this became popular with the students, the administration was skeptical. We do MAPPS testing twice a year with our students and the students on my team showed a slight increase in problem solving skills which was above the norm for the rest of the teams in our ninth grade academy. When asked, I attributed it to the games. They gave me about $300 for games for my classroom for the remainder of the year.
Two years ago I wrote several small grants and didn't receive any money. I would supplement my classroom games with games from my collection that didn't see much table time.
Last year I wrote a few small grants but didn't get even one. I wrote a $3,000 PNM grant around the same time and they sent it back asking that I resubmit it in a year after rewriting the proposal.
While I was rewriting the PNM grant this year, I stumbled across a NEA grant for Classroom Innovations. I went ahead and wrote a proposal for them as well. I'm still waiting to hear about my PNM grant (in April), but the NEA funded my grant in late January. I just completed my order with funagaingames.
By the way, this year I also received two PIE grants of $500 each for games for my classroom.
So I've created a geeklist of the board games I purchased with the NEA grant. Some of them might seem a little long for a regular class, but I also teach in the Saturday History Academy we do every weekend at our school (compliments of a Guilder-Lehrman grant). I am currently teaching a Cold War class and usually run 5 games of Twilight Struggle on any given Saturday.
Some of the games on this list are multiple orders as several other teachers have asked for games.

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26. Board Game: Ingenious [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:214]
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I brought this game from home a few years ago (Jeffles gave me a copy for my wedding so I have my own copy once again) and I have purchased several for different classrooms. This game easily plays in the time frame of my classes and the students truly dig it.
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27. Board Game: Inkognito [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1026]
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This is a fun game for the classroom. I'm hoping the game can fit in the hour class period.
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28. Board Game: Jantaris [Average Rating:5.80 Overall Rank:7516]
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I have no idea about this game. It was on the Essen list at funagain so I randomly chose it. Reading rules and trying to figure out how the game plays is a completely different type of learning that I think all students should learn to master.
 
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29. Board Game: Kremlin [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:563]
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They had an old copy on the used list so I picked it up. This can be a great game in the classroom and I think that certain students of mine will love it. I haven't played in a while so I'll read up on some strategies and try to maintain my status as the best gamer in my whole school. Those that disagree shall be purged.
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30. Board Game: Lifeboats [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:873]
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We are using my old copy and we picked up another earlier this year. I ordered several copies and will spread them to other classes. My students are mean when they play this game and will usually pick one player to totally sink out of the game. We play a "three leak" variant so a game can be finished in the hour.
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31. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:87] [Average Rating:7.53 Unranked]
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I had this one in my classroom a few years ago, but the rainstorm happened and it was tossed (by the way, I was out for the summer break when the rains came down and instead of consulting me, the custodians were instructed by the administration to toss anything that "looks damaged"). A number of my old students will still come looking for it when they have a sub.
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32. Board Game: Mordred [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:2533]
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I played this one a number of times at the Game Bistro on Tuesday nights and I think it will be a great classroom game. It has some tricky game endings and the scoring is different for each ending. It will be a way to introduce most of my students to a slightly different level of gaming.
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33. Board Game: Neuroshima Hex! [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:160] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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No idea about this one either. It has tanks though.
 
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34. Board Game: Oasis [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:839]
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I like this game and think it'll play well in the classroom. I have been reluctant to bring in my copy, but I have no reason why. I also gave this one to Kevin for Christmas as it's not a race game and it has a slight "back stab".
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35. Board Game: Onward, Christian Soldiers [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:2988]
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I picked this one up as it will play several players and I think it might work for the History Academy.
 
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36. Board Game: Queen's Necklace [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1299]
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I picked up several copies at funagain because they were on sale. I played it once a few years ago. I think it'll work well in the classroom.
 
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37. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:95]
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I'm happy with this one even though it was the last game on my order list. I am hoping the students enjoy it so I can put it on the "give to other classrooms" list.
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38. Board Game: Picus [Average Rating:5.79 Overall Rank:7417]
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I have no idea what this game is going to be like. I've never seen it or heard of it.
 
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39. Board Game: Rotterdam [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:6285]
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Another game randomly chosen off the Essen list.
 
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40. Board Game: Scrabble [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:1126]
Zack Boatman
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I picked up ten copies of this one and will probably keep them in my class and have a tournament one Friday. If that doesn't go as well as hoped, I'll put them in different classrooms.
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41. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:157]
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Purchased several copies for professional development. Since I have to teach to non-gaming teachers, I thought I'd be well served to introduce a classic.
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42. Board Game: Siena [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:2664]
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Another game I know absolutely nothing about.
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43. Board Game: Techno Witches [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:2496]
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I had a copy in my classroom, but I haven't seen it in a year or so. Some students borrowed it and I'm pretty sure it's never left that classroom. I ordered a few copies of this one.
 
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44. Board Game: Teraforming [Average Rating:4.64 Overall Rank:9811]
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I liked what I read about the game, but I've neither played nor seen it played.
 
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45. Board Game: TurfMaster [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:912]
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I really like this game and I thought the kids would too. They seem to gravitate to the racing games and this is a great one. I picked up the new course as well.
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46. Board Game: Um Reifenbreite [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:770]
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Another race game with a bit more going on than with Turfmaster. As I've mentioned, the race game goes over rather well in my classroom.
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47. Board Game: Blockers! [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:942]
Zack Boatman
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I know Kory and I played this game last year, so when funagain picked it up I purchased several copies for different classrooms. One of my long-term ideas is to create an elective class on board game design.
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48. Board Game: Wadi [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:4880]
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Another one I don't know anything about, but have read a few interesting things about it so I decided to give it a try.
 
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49. Board Game: Wayfinder [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:4285]
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I like this little brain-burner from Ben. I know him and I picked up one of his games a couple of years ago and brought it into my classroom. The students seem to be intrigued by it and I like playing it. I would also use it in my elective "board game design" class if I ever get a chance to teach it.
 
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50. Board Game: Wellington [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:1446]
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I have no idea about this game. I figured I could use it in a Saturday history class one day.
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