With students that are diverse learners and have diverse backgrounds, you need to find different resources and different avenues for the students to really get into the material. When I found Mission US, it just changed my approach, and it changed a lot of the students’ interest levels.
I see Mission US as a jumping off point for our students. Some of them are great visual learners, some can’t read very well, and by playing the games from the beginning to the end, everyone is able to get something out of the game. They’re able to bring something to our conversations, they’re able to bring something to our class. I don’t see Mission US as a supplement to my curriculum, I use it as the crux of my curriculum where everything branches off of the game. I see the game as a way just to provide what a textbook would provide but in a more interesting and a more well-rounded way.
I think that Mission US truly allows students to become a part of the history. For a teacher, you can’t hope for better than that.