I teach to inspire

In a recently published article titled ‘Two wrong reasons to be a lecturer’, the writer (with 20 plus years of experience in education) argued that would-be and/or current educators motivated by their passion to make a change in the younger generation through education, will not prevail in the current Malaysian education climate. In their article,…

The Biggest Challenge Pt. 1 – Measuring Historical Thinking & Literacy

How do I justify ‘historical thinking and historical literacy’ as valid measurements for the alternate history role play assessment to an education system accustomed to rote learning?

The Brothel System Gameplay

How the introduction of a ‘brothel system’ gameplay opened the eyes of the students to the reality that History isn’t all about random dates, events and dead people’s names.

Feedback Time

Role Play #4 has come to an end and as per usual, at the end of each role play, I ask the students for feedback and suggestions – reminding them that none of it will affect their grades so as to encourage them to be honest about the practical framework. Despite having the smallest group…

Traitors – a good or bad addition?

Traitors – a new gameplay added to the alternate history role play framework – which required the selected students to betray their original groups, to achieve a newly customised manifesto. In the 2018 alternate French Revolution role play, the Traitors served as a separate secret faction that exploited their positions in the other factions such…

“Too much brain power” or is it just a Malaysian thing?

One of my biggest worries whenever I introduce the alternate history role play assignment to a new group of students is that the assignment is too challenging but just as I begin to doubt myself and the effectiveness of the assignment, I am reminded of the two main objectives of the role play: i) to…

Power of Play: Small Victories Are Victories Nonetheless

Another class discussion has come and gone, and thankfully in this latest discussion, the class finally picked up their pace though not drastically, it was sufficient enough that I did not have to be more hands-on.    In fact, I was impressed with their progress especially the following two groups:  Egyptians: Their long-term plan is…

A Rough Start: A Slightly Disheartened Humanities Educator

Here is an honest post.  It has been a month since the Ptolemies successfully conquered Egypt yet they have not fulfilled the first set of checklist: 1/ Permanent settlement – draw out a city plan for Alexandria which should include the Greek, Egyptian and Jewish quarters  2/ Law and Order – create a legal system and a…

Power of Play: Reimagining Graeco-Roman Egypt

Deciding on a civilisation to develop and manage was harder than I expected. While discussing with the students, I kept in mind the primary objective of this assignment: to provide students with the opportunity to develop their historical thinking, literacy and imagination – skills necessary of historians and archaeologists – in an immersive context. Hence, the following…