Tandem 5th graders are currently participating in a life-changing experiential learning activity as they take on John Hunter's World Peace Game. The World Peace Game was designed by local educator Hunter (also a parent of a Tandem alum) as "a hands-on political simulation that gives players the opportunity to explore the connectedness of the global community through the lens of the economic, social, and environmental crises and the imminent threat of war. The goal of the game is to extricate each country from dangerous circumstances and achieve global prosperity with the least amount of military intervention. As “nation teams,” students will gain greater understanding of the critical impact of information and how it is used."
Tandem 5th grade teachers Matt Caduff and Carolena Saunders attended World Peace Game Facilitator training last summer, and Buildings & Grounds Manager Roger Bryant built the required three-tiered board for game play. Tandem 5th graders have been assigned world leadership roles and are playing the game over the course of several weeks of school. The students have been especially invested in global warming issues.
You can learn more about Hunter, the World Peace Game, the documentary film made about the game, and Hunter's book World Peace and Other 4th Grade Acheivements at the World Peace Game website.