I was asked the question: ďIf you could use one word
to describe why a teacher should use simulations in
the History classroom what would it be?
The answer would be
I think when teachers see their
students are engaged in an activity and interested
in it, a lot more learning occurs.
Itís the difference between
assigning them something and they just try to get it
done and them wanting to do something.
This may seem like a small
shift in attitude, but when Iím interested in
finding out something, I find it a lot more
enjoyable then when Iím assigned to do something Iím
not interested in.
When students are involved
in the World War One Simulation, which is their
first exposure to this type of lesson plan, they
initially are a little overwhelmed by the mechanics,
but it doesnít take them long and they are totally
In fact, many have commented that it
takes over their whole life!
They are negotiating and
planning strategy at home, in the halls and at
Lunch can be a tense situation as
friendships part momentarily along the Alliances.
ďYou canít sit here, this is a Central Powers
Some teachers donít like the fact
that my class is being discussed during theirs.
After doing this for twenty
years, I am still amazed at the amount of critical
thinking going on and the creative strategies they
come up with to try and complete their objectives.
I am thankful that I work in a
school that encourages me to take risks and try new