Lisa Fontaine-Rainen has been teaching gifted children in the public school system and working with homeschoolers for 18 years. She earned her MA in Gifted Education from William and Mary in 2001, and has been lucky to be able to work with these amazing young people ever since. Lisa relocated with her family to South Africa in 2014 and When she’s not teaching she loves to read, play games, do puzzles, and experiment in the kitchen with her two year old and five year old. Both children have been largely unscathed by this so far. Teaching and learning are passions – schooling is not.
Do you love escape rooms? Have you heard of the MIT Mystery Hunt? Are you intrigued by a bunch of puzzles that work together towards a single meta-solution? Do you love working with others as a team to tackle tricky teasers?
This class is all about teamwork – we’ll come together to work on solving a small puzzle hunt in the style of MIT Mystery Hunt. Each student will also create at least one puzzle with an extractable solution, which I will then work into a meta-puzzle for our own mini puzzle-hunt.
This is a light, fun course that will also prepare students to hit the ground running in GHF’s Puzzlecraft course. Each term this is offered, we will tackle a different issue of P&A Magazine, so students may choose to take this course multiple times and will have a different experience each time. If you’d like to try out the magazine, there is a free sampler at http://www.pandamagazine.com/panda_sampler.pdf. I highly encourage families to try the sampler out together.
This class is recommended for learners aged 11-15. We meet once a week for 8 weeks. Students must be prepared to work on puzzles outside of the live class time, collaboratively through Google docs and forum discussions. Come sharpen your puzzle solving skills in ways far beyond the typical! Come puzzle with us!
Sample Course Outline
This class has 8 meetings. Each meeting includes collaborative puzzle solving. Additionally, learners may have the opportunity to explore aspects of puzzle crafting as time allows. The first class features an overview of puzzles with extractable solutions, tips for solving puzzle hunts, and an introduction to the issue of P&A magazine.
Puzzle Masters is offered Summer 2019 and Fall 2019.