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Archive for the ‘Computer Simulations’ Category

The Grand Finale

You’ve been able to “herd the cats”. You have monitored and adjusted against the students’ needs and your own instructional / learning needs. Students have engaged well and have followed the flow-process of the simulation and now you are able to bang the drums for the great crescendo, the Grand Finale.

Let’s talk about this. How did you design the simulation to end?

MATHEMATICALLY? That is, you fashioned a process that inexorably leads the simulation to specific conclusions. For example, Cutthroat, a Simulation of the Industrial Revolution, uses a Supply and Demand graph that dictates how many cars the Automobile Companies can sell at the price they set. A profit chart helps the companies decide whether they made money to sustain themselves. Computer simulations are even more complex about this approach. They will have logarithms that will determine the outcome along the flow of decisions made and not made. (more…)

The Thrill of the Instructional Chase!

Don’t you feel it? You know, when a lesson you have designed, or a “discrepent event” that you have grabbed for the teaching moment, or a student’s reaction downright catalyzes AND galvanizes your learners beyond the beyond.

It has happened to all teachers, presenters, leaders, at least once  and probably more than you even knew it. For me the first time I realized this was when a parent called me. I knew that he had a reputation as difficult parent and was prepared for most anything.

He said, “I want to know what’s going on in your classroom.” I said I wasn’t sure I knew what he meant.

He proceeded to say that for the “first time in his son’s life he wanted  to got to school, indeed for the first time, was enjoying learning.” (more…)

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