Opportunity: Having been a member of the North American Simulation and Gaming Association (NASAGA) since 2004, Fran Kick offered to create and coordinate the 2008 and 2009 Teacher/Educator Days at the annual conferences in Indianapolis, IN and Washington, DC. The day was specifically created for teachers who wanted to explore how to design learning games, activities, and simulations, or improve how they facilitate learning games, activities, and simulations. Filled with real-world, practical application approaches, participants learned how to create activity-based connections to classroom content standards.
Results: For both years, Fran coordinated with each State Department of Education to secure professional development C.E.U. credit hours for participating teachers. Clinicians were secured, programming scheduled, promotional flyers and web support was provided. Follow-up handout materials and evaluations were created and sent to all teachers following the program.
- Use more interactive ways to help students pay attention and respond appropriately.
- Bring participatory demonstration, debrief and discussion to life in your lessons.
- Actively apply the philosophies of learning styles and multiple intelligences.
- Demonstrate and experiment with some newly available processing tools.
- Develop techniques to enable students to take responsibility and ownership for experiences and transfer those experiences to real-life situations.
- Utilize activity to help groups move beyond conflicts into healthy discussion.
Preview Experiences: Play with, learn from, and talk to the kind of people who create learning games in the real world and the virtual world such as…
“Fran is easy to work with, flexible, and well prepared.
He not only talks leadership and motivation, he walks the talk.”
Russ Simon, Senior Policy Associate
New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals, Inc.