||-Use Strategic Thinking
||-Higher Order Thinking
Over spring break, I had the pleasure of observing Mr. Harms while his students were engaged in the World War II Simulation. Each class period, students were debating, plotting, and thinking of new strategies to use to help their countries succeed in World War II. Each class period was different; one class period was very cautious in their risk taking, and in the following class the Axis nations were very aggressive; creating havoc on the Allies and forcing them to readjust their plans. My favorite moment was when one student said, “that’s why Japan invaded the Dutch East Indies”, referring to the large amount of natural resources available to Japan after the conquest.
One of the reasons why I wanted to observe Mr. Harms’ class is that I thought the simulation would be difficult to set up and explain to students. The reality is that once the teacher puts the students’ binders together, the simulation is easy to follow and understand. All of the students in Mr. Harms’ class were involved in active debate or reflecting on their thoughts within their journals. The maps and excel documents are easy to use. The best part about observing Mr. Harms’ class was the excitement it brought to me about using his amazing simulations to improve the learning environment within my own classroom.
Dan Clapero (Middle School History Teacher)
WWII Classroom Videos
Email Mr. Harms
World War II Simulation
Student Orientation Video
Standard 4: The causes and global consequences of World War II
Standard 4A: The student understands the causes of World War II
Therefore, the student is able to: