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Professional Educators

This group is for educators of all levels, whether or not they use wargames in the classroom. You could be a college professor, a high school teacher, or an aid in a grade school, and this group would be for you.

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Latest Activity: Jul 23

Graduation!

When I started teaching at APUS, I found out that I could take courses there for free.  So, naturally as I'm a wargamer, I signed up for the Master of Arts program in Military History, concentrating on World War II.  I finished my last course, an elective on command and leadership in the Revolutionary War, and took my comprehensive exam at the end of June.  I ended up passing "with distinction."

Now, I've passed all the audits and reviews, and I'm scheduled to receive my degree, effective August 15.  Unfortunately I won't receive the paper diploma though for up to another couple of months.

That is the culmination of six years of work, taking one class at a time, while working two jobs and doing a lot of freelance writing, game design and development, and publishing Line of Departure.  It will all be officially over in less than a month.

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Added as a Blog Post, But Applicable Here -- Academic Articles

I already posted this as a blog post, but I think this bit of news bears repeating in the group for professional educators.  I hope that this new page on…Continue

Tags: Online Features, Line of Departure, Jim Werbaneth, Graduate School, Academic

Started by Jim Werbaneth Feb 14.

Extra Credit Quiz 6 Replies

Here is an extra credit quiz that I offer in my Major Issues of Modern US History class at La Roche.  I don't announce it, and give it in the first five minutes of class.  If you're not there when it…Continue

Tags: La Roche College, Undergraduate, Freshman History, Major Issues of Modern US History, Quiz

Started by Jim Werbaneth. Last reply by Jim Werbaneth Mar 7, 2016.

Extra Credit Assignments 7 Replies

This group has been pretty quiet for a while.  Maybe this is a good time to talk about something that has been nagging at me the last couple of weeks.How many of you give extra credit assignments? …Continue

Tags: Students, Participation, Teaching, Extra Credit Assignments, Education

Started by Jim Werbaneth. Last reply by Jim Werbaneth Aug 3, 2014.

Teaching About the Holocaust 3 Replies

We just had Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom HaShoah.  Did anyone introduce any special lessons to commemorate it, or otherwise give special attention to the Holocaust this week?  I'm also asking on…Continue

Tags: Genocide, Teaching, Lessons, LinkedIn, Nazi Germany

Started by Jim Werbaneth. Last reply by Jim Werbaneth Apr 21, 2012.

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Comment by John Bobek on June 23, 2013 at 9:40pm

Do the wargames with miniatures. It catches the eye and the imagination. I did "labs" with minis when I taught history, VERY effective!

Comment by Nathan on June 23, 2013 at 8:19pm

Awesome, I'll check those out in detail (playthepast.org doesn't seem to be working right now). I'm developing a unit at the moment to explore historical re-enactment and historical simulations (ie: board and computer games).

Comment by Rex Brynen on June 23, 2013 at 7:38pm

Nathan,

You'll find some useful resources on incorporating games into education at:

http://www.playthepast.org

http://www.paxsims.org

Comment by Jim Werbaneth on June 23, 2013 at 7:07pm

Hi Nathan,

Right now, I'm teaching a Roman history class online for La Roche College in Pittsburgh.  I'm giving an extra credit assignment for the end of the class, in which students can write an after action report on the Roman-themed wargame, board or computer, of their choice. 

I took a graduate military history class at APUS last year, on World War II in Europe.  That class had several required assignments, not extra credit, calling for AAR's of Combat Mission scenarios.  I picked Combat Mission: Normandy.

Comment by Nathan on June 23, 2013 at 7:02pm

Hi folks,

I've been teaching history at Australian universities for about 10 years. I'm only just now starting to work games into my teaching. Has anyone else attempted this?

Nathan

Comment by Carlos F. Márquez Linares on September 14, 2010 at 9:18am
Hello everyone! I teach English at the Translation Faculty in the University of Granada, Spain. Go teachers go!!! :-)
Comment by Smitty on February 9, 2010 at 7:37am
The fact that Carolyn like KAtie, married men like us tells us they are good and special people.
Comment by Jon Compton on February 9, 2010 at 7:30am
My wife Carolyn teaches special ed. I wouldn't trade jobs with her for any amount of money. Very difficult work indeed.
Comment by Smitty on February 8, 2010 at 5:32pm
Dave:

Kudo's to you. I worked one summer at a camp for the blind and emotionally disadvantaged. Hard work even then for a young resislent man!

Smitty
Comment by Jim Werbaneth on February 8, 2010 at 5:08pm
It still sounds like fun, Dave. You're also a braver man than me for taking on the responsibility of the kids with the worst problems.
 

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