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Memoir '44 History Club Update! Mon, 19 January 2009 18:47
Last week my Memoir '44 History Club got underway with our first two sessions. The first session was spent reviewing the rules and then playing "Carentan Causeway". The second session was spent going over Tactic Cards the students aren't familiar with and learning about the online resources for Memoir '44. You can read more about our first week of History Club on our blog:

http://jewellmemoirclub.blogspot.com/

There's another addition to the club and the blog: I've added a way for anyone who wants to support the History Club and donate money to the cause. 100% of the money will be used to expand the club and buy materials or items for the students in the club. You can read more about it on the blog. Cool

If President-Elect Obama taught us anything about fund raising, it's that every little bit counts and it all adds up to more than we could expect. Not that I expect to raise millions for the club! Laughing

Thanks, everyone, for your excitement and support of this whole project!
      
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Re:Memoir '44 History Club Update! Wed, 21 January 2009 05:53
I wanted to thank Charles Cabell, of South Carolina, for being the first Memoir '44 player to donate to the Memoir '44 History Club!! Very Happy

Thank you Charles, for your donation and for your excitement about the club. Your time and help is very appreciated!

Have a great day, everyone, and feel free to follow the progress of the club even if you can't make a donation. I'm happy to have moral support as well! Cool
      
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Re:Memoir '44 History Club Update! Thu, 22 January 2009 02:43
hi Rasmussen,
great job you've done there, keep updating the blog, it's exciting
keep posting about the tournament later Smile
      
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Re:Memoir '44 History Club Update! Fri, 23 January 2009 21:27
Our Memoir '44 History Club started a "D-Day Landings Tournament". We actually started with a pre-June 6 landing by playing Yellow Beach and talking about the failures of the attempt.

There are some fun pictures of the club and even a short video clip of our Thursday, January 22nd session. Just at the end of the clip one of the girls says to her opponent, "You sound like Hitler." The last word is kind of cut off...but where in the world did she come up with that! Laughing

We're all having a lot of fun. Cool
      
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Re:Memoir '44 History Club Update! Thu, 05 February 2009 09:42
Very heavy battles went down there in the History Club! I read the news about the landings in Normandy.Wish them good luck on the Omaha beach!They'll need it!

[Updated on: Sun, 08 March 2009 16:05]

      
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Re:Memoir '44 History Club Update! Thu, 05 February 2009 23:31
Great job Rasmussen! By jove, you've even got the girls interested in it! I once played a few games with my nieces who were 10 and 13 at the time, but they quickly lost interest and haven't wanted to play again. Now they are older, (the oldest is driving now, whew!) and have gone on to bigger and (mostly) better things than playing games with uncle Ron!
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Re:Memoir '44 History Club Update! Fri, 06 February 2009 02:34
Thanks for the posts, guys! We spent today talking about and learning about D-Day and everything that went into the landings. They didn't get to play but I hope they learned something!

I got some fun news the other day... Rolling Eyes I got an e-mail from a local reporter for our city newspaper. She wants to come visit the club and do an article about us! She's coming next Thursday. Very Happy The kids were excited that they might be in the paper!
      
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Re:Memoir '44 History Club Update! Tue, 10 February 2009 07:29
so, how's the kids response after playing carentan?
are they all liking it (the game, i mean) Smile
      
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Re:Memoir '44 History Club Update! Tue, 10 February 2009 18:56
Steve Nightrain wrote on Mon, 09 February 2009 22:29

so, how's the kids response after playing carentan?
are they all liking it (the game, i mean) Smile


The club is going great! Thanks for asking. We aren't playing Carentan because they're still working on getting off the Normandy beaches. We're in a D-Day tournament where we're playing all of the official D-Day beach battles.

The kids love the game. Last Thursday and today we're working on learning history, so they're itching to start battling again.
      
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  Re:Memoir '44 History Club Update! Fri, 13 February 2009 06:07
This afternoon, the students in my history club were very excited and a little goofy. Yes, they got to battle again after two meetings full of history lessons, but that wasn't the main reason for their excitement.

We were visited by a reporter and photographer from our local newspaper, the Bend Bulletin!

The reporter contacted me a few weeks ago and set up a time to come watch what we're doing. She interviewed me and talked to the kids. They took lots of pictures. They watched the students play. They both took copious notes. The article will be in the paper sometime this weekend!

One student, when I told her which newspaper they were from, said, "Oh! Everyone reads that!" She's right...everyone in her life reads that paper and there might be a picture of her and her friends playing Memoir '44 in it. Exciting stuff!
      
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Re:Memoir '44 History Club Update! Fri, 13 February 2009 14:16
Dear Jesse,
It's great for the kids to get this little reward for having fun and being interested in History. Keep up the good work!
      
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Re:Memoir '44 History Club Update! Sun, 15 February 2009 17:14
Great job with the history club!

Do you know if the newspaper report will be available on The bulletin`s internet site?

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Re:Memoir '44 History Club Update! Mon, 16 February 2009 23:14
stigmb wrote on Sun, 15 February 2009 08:14

Great job with the history club!

Do you know if the newspaper report will be available on The bulletin`s internet site?


I don't know when it'll be up. I thought it might be in the paper this weekend and was out of town so I couldn't check, but I don't think it has run yet. I'll provide a link when the article is up!
      
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Re:Memoir '44 History Club Update! Tue, 17 February 2009 17:34
I just found out that the article about my Memoir '44 History Club will be in the paper tomorrow. I guess Wednesday is normally focused a little bit on education and that's the section where the article will be.

I'll put a link to it and it'll also be up on my blog when I see it. Very Happy
      
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Re:Memoir '44 History Club Update! Wed, 25 February 2009 16:02
Just a quick update before I head off to work...

The newspaper article was great! The author took a very positive stance on my Memoir '44 club and did a good job explaining how the club works and what I'm teaching the students. If you're interested in reading it, click on the link that I have to my blog down in my signature area. It's worth the read! Very Happy
      
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Re:Memoir '44 History Club Update! Thu, 26 February 2009 00:22
Nice article about the club!

It`s also posted as news on the frontpage, that`s something. Congrats!

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Re:Memoir '44 History Club Update! Thu, 26 February 2009 04:53
Hi, Ras --

Great article! Sounds like the reporter did a good job of capturing the essence, and sounds like you must be a really cool (and effective) teacher!

By the way, check out Stefan Fatsis's book, "Word Freak." It has a great section about games (Scrabble) being used in schools.

Sam
      
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Re:Memoir '44 History Club Update! Thu, 26 February 2009 06:14
Thanks guys. I'll have to look at that book, Sam.

It's amazing what a little bit of possitive publicity can do for a cause. I've talked to people who are excited about the club simply because they read the local paper and saw the article. It's great. Cool
      
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Re:Memoir '44 History Club Update! Thu, 26 February 2009 06:57
Jesse

There simply are not enough teachers like you...

Great stuff !!!
      
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Re:Memoir '44 History Club Update! Thu, 26 February 2009 10:58
That was a good piece without the oft encountered Jounalist-Filter looking for someting controversial. Congratulations to the Club and the Bend reporter.
      
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Re:Memoir '44 History Club Update! Thu, 26 February 2009 15:34
Great article, it even looked like you were having fun!
      
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Re:Memoir '44 History Club Update! Thu, 26 February 2009 15:47
stevens wrote on Thu, 26 February 2009 06:34

Great article, it even looked like you were having fun!


It's always fun! Cool It sometimes makes for a long day, but it's always fun. Laughing
      
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Re:Memoir '44 History Club Update! Sat, 28 February 2009 19:52
You know, and I think I've said it before, I always hated history in school and thought it was boring and not useful. If I had a teacher like you that made it fun, well that could have made the difference. I now love history, because I collect old stamps and coins and wanted to find out what happened in the year they came out. And I got into WWII history because of this game and the game luftwaffe. Smile




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Re:Memoir '44 History Club Update! Sun, 01 March 2009 05:24
hi jesse,
just read a bit your blog, and looks like pickled ponies is beating almost everyone, which one is he (or she?) at the photograph ?

the other day, you're recommending a great book of WW2, can you remind me of what is it and who's the author ? Smile
      
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Re:Memoir '44 History Club Update! Sun, 01 March 2009 18:39
Steve Nightrain wrote on Sat, 28 February 2009 20:24

hi jesse,
just read a bit your blog, and looks like pickled ponies is beating almost everyone, which one is he (or she?) at the photograph ?


The students are battling in teams right now (which is why there are only 6 teams but 13 players) and the Pickled Ponies is a team of two girls; Simmi and Alyssa. They're the last two girls on the left of this picture:
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_KOLNA_bIdP4/SZ5RJRl6yhI/AAAAAAAAAV4/csfKFEBEA3w/s1600-h/DSCN2043.JPG


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The other day, you're recommending a great book of WW2, can you remind me of what is it and who's the author ? Smile


The book is called "Great Battles of World War II" by John MacDonald. It's a great resource book for battles and has amazing illustrations! Here's a link to that blog entry if you want to see what I wrote about it.
http://jewellmemoirclub.blogspot.com/2009/01/researching-wor ld-war-ii-battles.html

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Re:Memoir '44 History Club Update! Mon, 02 March 2009 20:46
Hi everyone,

I wanted to share some exciting news about the Memoir '44 History Club. At school today I recieved a letter from a woman named Judy Stiegler who is the State Representative for District 54 (where Bend, Oregon is).

She wrote to congratulate me on my system of teaching history to elementary students and to "applaud your efforts and hope that you can share your talents and ideas with other staff members in the District."

The fame of Memoir '44 and the History Club is spreading across the state and has even reached our state government!
      
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Re:Memoir '44 History Club Update! Mon, 02 March 2009 22:47
Nice one!

You`ve done a good job. Being a teacher myself I will share in applauding the effort you have put into the History club. The students are lucky to have a teachers that goes the extra distance to make teaching rewarding and fun.

Keep up the good work!

Local newspaper. Check.
State government. Check.

Will the next caller be calling from Washington, maybe?
      
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Re:Memoir '44 History Club Update! Tue, 03 March 2009 04:16
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The students are battling in teams right now (which is why there are only 6 teams but 13 players) and the Pickled Ponies is a team of two girls; Simmi and Alyssa. They're the last two girls on the left of this picture:
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_KOLNA_bIdP4/SZ5RJRl6yhI/AAAAAAAAAV4/csfKFEBEA3w/s1600-h/DSCN2043.JPG


oh i can see that, kinda fun to see those girls whacking up the boys lol, great job Smile

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The book is called "Great Battles of World War II" by John MacDonald. It's a great resource book for battles and has amazing illustrations! Here's a link to that blog entry if you want to see what I wrote about it.
http://jewellmemoirclub.blogspot.com/2009/01/researching-wor ld-war-ii-battles.html


ok thanks for the recommendation
will try to look into it

keep updating the progress jes
      
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Re:Memoir '44 History Club Update! Sun, 08 March 2009 11:30
That was a nice piece. I was happy to see that the reporter managed to convey what you were doing and explain the game in a way that did not make me wince.

Our local newspaper, over the years, has printed several articles on the historical wargaming hobby (both board and minis). Often statements made by the gamers are misinterpreted and the end result is less than satisfactory from the gamers point of view. I know our hobby can be confusing to outsider (including reporter involved). I also know that it can be difficult for a layman to explain our hobby. I just wish I had a chance to edit certain parts of some of those articles before they went to press as they would have a tendency to mislead the reader. As they say the devil is in the details. Sort of like a letter to the editor of our local paper from a SUNY professor. She named a snake species (described in a Kipling work as brown and dusky) as a krait. It is quite obvious that she knew little, if anything about snakes and I do not know how she concluded that was the snake in question. She could not be further off base. A krait is actually a brilliantly colored animal. The correct snake would be a carpet viper (or saw scaled viper). A minor point perhaps, but not from my standing as an amateur herpetologist.

At any rate, nice job - I just wish I had a teacher like you way back when -- of course Mem 44 was not around at that time, but I am sure you would have come up with something else Smile

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Re:Memoir '44 History Club Update! Sun, 08 March 2009 13:15
I think the history club is Amazing and the time and effort your putting into this Rasmussen is a real credit to you and to the importance of a subject that here in the UK in these crazy times of political correctness is overlooked.

I recall reading a survey one time in which 75% of primary education children didn't know what D-Day was or who Winston Churchill was. I am from a generation of children who's "Milk Teeth" were cut playing soldiers and war and personally had relatives, sadly now deceased, who saw action in North Africa, Italy, Burma and France. My late grandmother used to tell me tales about my grandfather trying several times to enlist but being refused as he has a forman in Steel foundry so they wouldnt let him sign up. My uncle Archie use to tell me about his flying missions over North Africa which contrasted with Grandad Vickers who never spoke about about his time in Burma ending up as a japanese prisoner. I guess what im trying to say its not about the glorification of war as many seem to think but the importance of the war and the way it has shaped all our lives and the way in which the world is today.

The way in which you get kids to hands on play and act as generals in your club is so great. WW2 is a big subject and one that must be hard to find an entry point teach to children especially when you look at the loss of life. I had a great European history teacher for my A level who regularly would bring in his batterd old copy of "diplomacy" so we could get a flavour of the political and military decision making back in the day which we would play, learn and enjoy

So great to here about such dedication in teaching and helping shape the hearts and minds of future generations Smile
      
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Re:Memoir '44 History Club Update! Sun, 08 March 2009 13:43
Great job, Rasmussen ! Very Happy
Saving and teaching memory is a great task !
Go on, Soldier ! Cool
      
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Re:Memoir '44 History Club Update! Sun, 08 March 2009 15:33
Hello Rasmussen,

Congratulations for your Memoir'44 History Club !
This is a very good idea to learn History by this way for the new generations.
I hope really that your success give some ideas to teachers in History in France as well.
I think a lot of Kids (and some parents now) don't know nothing or very few about World War 2 and your History Club participate in the knowledge of this (awful but interesting) period.
I share with you this "memory duty" (I don't know if this is a good translation of what we say in french : "devoir de mémoire").
So, once again, congratulations for your great job ! Smile Smile Smile

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