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Using Current Events to Develop Classroom Simulations
Unformatted Document Text:  2. Go with the flow. Students are likely to take simulations in directions the author of the exercise never thought of. Sometimes this can detract from the learning experience, but most of the time it greatly enhances it. Instructors should stay out of the actual simulation process as much as possible and let the students work it out. Benefits of Bringing Current Events and Simulations Together As discussed in the beginning of this paper, many teachers have found that using current events and using simulations are good ways to get students interested and engaged in political science material. I believe that bringing these two teaching tools together holds a number of benefits for students and instructors alike. Benefits for Instructors. Simulations are excellent teaching tools that have been shown to engage students in the study of political science. And as any teacher knows, more interested students mean a more rewarding teaching experience. However, the number of well-developed simulation designs that fit perfectly with specific course material are certainly limited. Thus, the ability to design simulations, and to do so using current information, is a good skill for any professor to have . Another benefit of this teaching technique is that it can allow professors to further their own research interests while also preparing teaching materials. This will be helpful for any faculty member trying to balance the demands of teaching and research. Benefits for Students. As rewarding as current event-based simulations can be for instructors, they hold even more benefits for students. By addressing the needs of many different learning styles, this technique is able to reach more students in the classroom, and reach them in a more significant way. The approaches described in this paper brings together the concrete experience of current events, the abstract conceptualization of theories and readings, and the 11

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2. Go with the flow. Students are likely to take simulations in directions the author of the
exercise never thought of. Sometimes this can detract from the learning experience, but
most of the time it greatly enhances it. Instructors should stay out of the actual simulation
process as much as possible and let the students work it out.
Benefits of Bringing Current Events and Simulations Together
As discussed in the beginning of this paper, many teachers have found that using current
events and using simulations are good ways to get students interested and engaged in political
science material. I believe that bringing these two teaching tools together holds a number of
benefits for students and instructors alike.
Benefits for Instructors. Simulations are excellent teaching tools that have been shown to
engage students in the study of political science. And as any teacher knows, more interested
students mean a more rewarding teaching experience. However, the number of well-developed
simulation designs that fit perfectly with specific course material are certainly limited. Thus, the
ability to design simulations, and to do so using current information, is a good skill for any
professor to have . Another benefit of this teaching technique is that it can allow professors to
further their own research interests while also preparing teaching materials. This will be helpful
for any faculty member trying to balance the demands of teaching and research.
Benefits for Students. As rewarding as current event-based simulations can be for
instructors, they hold even more benefits for students. By addressing the needs of many different
learning styles, this technique is able to reach more students in the classroom, and reach them in
a more significant way. The approaches described in this paper brings together the concrete
experience of current events, the abstract conceptualization of theories and readings, and the
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