Summer program to train teachers on use of games in teaching Alabama history

Posted: Tuesday, 11 April 2017

TROY - Troy University will offer a three-day, residential workshop this June to help train Alabama teachers on incorporating the use of games in teaching the state's history.

"Alabama Fever: A Games-based Discovery of Territorial Alabama," an Alabama Humanities Foundation SUPER Teacher Workshop, will be held June 20-23 on the Troy Campus. For more than 25 years, the Alabama Humanities Foundation has partnered with archivists, scholars, higher education institutions and historic sites to deliver engaging professional development experiences rooted in the humanities to teachers throughout Alabama through the School and University Partners for Educational Renewal (SUPER) Teacher Program. SUPER is available to all Alabama educators teaching in grades 4-12. In its 25-year history, SUPER has served more than 4,000 teachers of the humanities, social sciences and the arts reaching more than 500,000 students.

The workshop will be led by Dr. David Carlson and Dr. Scout Blum of Troy University's Department of History and Philosophy and Dr. Thomas C. Hagood, director of the Division of Academic Enhancement at the University of Georgia and co-director of UGA Reacting to the Past.

Participants will attend lectures on the history of Alabama, visit Montgomery's Old Alabama Town and Ft. Toulouse-Ft. Jackson National Historic Park in Wetumpka, and receive introductions to various types of games that can be incorporated into classroom teaching.

The AHF SUPER Teacher Workshop will include the topics "Territorial Alabama," "Teaching History through Games," "History-based Board Games," "Native Americans in the Alabama Territory," "Reacting to the Past Games: Red Clay," "Expanding Slave Economics," and "Online History Games."

The workshop will conclude with the playing of the Reacting to the Past game "Compact of 1802," a game written specifically for the event that is focused on the compact that established the Mississippi and Alabama territories.

To register for the workshop, visit http://alabamahumanities.org/programs/superteacher/. A $50 refundable deposit and an essay are required for registration. Participants can receive 29 professional development hours.