I'm using the art and science of experiential education six days a week; whether it be in space aboard the Starships Voyager and Cassini or in my sixth grade classroom at Renaissance Academy in Lehi. Let me give you an example from this week. My challenge - how do I take something as mundane as the creation of the Triple Entente of 1907, and its significance in creating the world we live in today, from a lecture to an experience? The task pulls my thoughts far to the right side of the brain where creativity thrives.
Last week, as part of the modern history segment of my hour long history class (my class period is divided into modern history - 1900 - present, and ancient history) the students worked their way through the reasoning and rationale for the creation of the Triple Entente by seeing it play out in the room. They saw the students playing the German and Austria Hungary ambassadors working together on an alliance called The Triple Alliance. They read the posted headlines on Germany's push to build battleships. The classroom Czar was concerned. He discussed a possible alliance with the French and British classroom ambassadors. Their discussions resulted in a new treaty - the Triple Entente. The treaty was signed in class on Thursday and is now in force.
The Czar signing the Triple Entente
The Hallway News Announcing the Signing