The room was a buzz, then, a call to order and all was silent. The moderator asks the World Bank President a question. After reviewing her notes, the fifth-grade student answers clearly and confidently. This is on day-one of a week-long simulation game adapted from the World Peace Games.
The Big Challenge
Using their critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication skills, these fifth-grade kids wrestled with the challenge of how to respond to the call of being stewards of our world and deal with big world problems and Biblical truths presented around us.
Solving Real-World Problems
Assuming leadership roles, the kids were given a challenge, and an opportunity to think for themselves. Fifth-grade teacher, Jackie Lewis recounts, “Many of my students said they learned how to solve real-world problems. They connected with the idea that they will become the future leaders of our world and they were excited to be exposed to some of the real problems adults face today.” They were solving intense and complex world crisis’ like managing oil spills, weather and stock market changes, and defusing international tensions. Ms. Lewis continues, “This simulation game allows for dynamic and complex learning that is absolutely invaluable for our students. They felt a real sense of accomplishment in actually “winning” the game considering they came into the last day of the game with only 3 of the 23 major crisis solved. It was a nail-biter!”
Students Learn to Work Together
Students said they learned how to work together by negotiating, listening, thinking about both sides and realizing it was important to help others. “The confidence and leadership this game demanded of my students really blew me away,” voiced Ms. Lewis. “Students I wouldn’t have expected to step up became leaders and well regarded by their peers. It was a very unique and challenging experience for everyone and I think the students (nor I) will ever forget it!”