[Socrates] Fwd: Reacting to the Past Workshop on Game Pedagogy

Rob Garfield james.garfield at qc.cuny.edu
Wed Apr 25 09:18:05 EDT 2012

Dear Colleagues,

Here is a quick reminder to sign up for our gaming workshop, led by Dr.
Helen Gaudette, using the Reacting to the Past pedagogy.  We will be
playing part of an actual game together so it should be a lot of fun as
well as instructive.  Reacting to the Past has a long track record of
success as a pedagogy, so we consider this is a great opportunity to
learn about
using games and simulations to add active, experiential and situated
learning aspects to your classrooms.  It is also a great opportunity to
meet like-minded colleagues and share an experience that should be fun,
moving and, certainly, memorable.

*Food will be provided
RSVP Link: http://tinyurl.com/reactingtothepast*


Rob Garfield
Instructional Technologist
Queens College Center for Teaching and Learning
319 Razran Hall
james dot garfield at qc dot cuny dot edu

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Rob Garfield <james.garfield at qc.cuny.edu>
Date: Thu, Apr 19, 2012 at 11:18 AM
Subject: Reacting to the Past Faculty Workshop
To: socrates <socrates at lists.qc.cuny.edu>

*Dear Queens College Educators,

The Center for Teaching and Learning, Dr. Helen Gaudette, and Queens
College members of the Reacting to the Past community cordially invite you
to attend a unique workshop on pedagogy.

Workshop Facilitator:
Helen Gaudette
Director, Offices of Global Education Initiatives
Lecturer, Department of History

When: Thursday, May 3rd, 3 pm to 5:30 pm
Where: Presidents Conference Room 2, Rosenthal Library
Preparation: Approximately four pages of reading is required prior to the

Food will be provided
please RSVP, BY FRIDAY, APRIL 27th, with food preferences by clicking on
the following:

*Reacting to the Past consists of elaborate games, set in the past, in
which students are assigned roles informed by classic texts in the history
of ideas. Class sessions are run entirely by students; instructors advise
and guide students and grade their oral and written work. This pedagogy
seeks to draw students into the past, promote engagement with big ideas,
and improve intellectual and academic skills.

In “Reacting to the Past” courses, students learn by taking on roles,
informed by classic texts, in elaborate games set in the past; they learn
skills—speaking, writing, critical thinking, problem solving, leadership,
and teamwork—in order to prevail in difficult and complicated situations.
 While students will be obliged to adhere to the philosophical and
intellectual beliefs of the historical figures they have been assigned to
play, they must devise their own means of expressing those ideas
persuasively, in papers, speeches or other public presentations; and
students must also pursue a course of action they think will help them win
the game.

This workshop offers you the opportunity to learn about Reacting to the
Past by playing part of a game, <i>The Threshold of Democracy: Athens in
403 BC</i>, to experience a student’s perspective.  After the hands-on
portion, the group will debrief on its experiences and talk about how to
incorporate the Reacting to the Past approach into individual teaching

Read more about Reacting to the Past: http://reacting.barnard.edu/

Please direct questions to Rob Garfield (james.garfield at qc.cuny.edu).*

Rob Garfield
Instructional Technologist
Queens College Center for Teaching and Learning
319 Razran Hall
james dot garfield at qc dot cuny dot edu

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