There's a Game for That! Teaching with the Reacting to the Past Pedagogy


Contributed by Wade Pickren

Monday, February 24, 2014, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett Center
Presented by Keri Watson, Assistant Professor, Department of Art History

The Reacting to the Past (RTTP) pedagogy, which was developed at Barnard College in the late 1990s, consists of elaborate games, in which students are assigned roles informed by primary texts. The games draw students into the past, promote engagement with big ideas, and improve intellectual and academic skills. The RTTP curriculum, which presently includes over 65 games in numerous disciplines, has been implemented by faculty at hundreds of colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad since 2001. These games, which are typically played over several weeks, were designed for use in freshman seminars, but can be adapted to any number of situations including theme-designated courses in IC's Integrated Core Curriculum. Please join Asst. Professor of Art History Keri Watson as she shares information on the pedagogy, the possibilities for its implementation at IC, and her own experiences of teaching "Modernism vs. Traditionalism: Art in Paris, 1888-89."
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