Switchboard Operator is a partner game that can be used in cooperative learning groups and math centers. This game was designed after the vintage switchboard operators. One partner is the “operator” who delivers the message and the other partner is the receiver who listens and records the message.
Game Play: Students will be paired with a partner and select who will begin the game as the “operator”. They are to place their file folders back to back, paper clip for sturdiness and place their number cards on the side of their game board. The operator will randomly select a number card and place it on the game board. As the number is placed, the operator will read the message aloud. (For example: “8 in the hundreds place”). The “receiver” must listen to the message and place their number card in the correct placement on their game board. The “operator” and receiver will repeat these steps until the nine digit number is created. Both partners will then record their number on the recording sheet and then compare and discuss their recording sheets. If the “receiver” recorded the number correctly he/she receives a point. On the next round students will switch roles and game boards. The game will continue until allotted time is reached. Student with the most points wins.