Det skete i Dalmose
The World Game was taught in English for the first time in Denmark by a Dutch educator— and I was there.
It happened in Dalmose. In April, I was invited to be trained in the World Game by author and educator Marion van de Coolwijk at Kind en Beeld. That experience may have changed my life forever. The World Game is a non-verbal assessment to determine the visual-spatial or verbal-sequential preference of children. The game was first developed by H.G. Wells in 1902; and in recent years, it was further developed by Maria Krabbe and Nel Ojemann and passed down to Marion. Grith Tschorn, educator and everywoman from Denmark, is correlating the game to cognition, as in IQ testing, as in the oft used WISC and WPPSI. Although research is still in process, the results are promising. So how did this training change my life? I will now tell you— thank you for your patience.
When we talk to children, we generally speak to them using adult concepts. We may simplify our words, but we have a conversation on our terms and expect the child to be nimble enough to make sense of things. With the World Game, we are able to invite children to speak in a familiar language, namely imagination. In short, a child is asked to build a village using buildings, trees, animals, and other common materials. And through analysis of the built village, learning preferences and a cognitive profile emerges. The game will likely change my life (and more importantly the lives of children), because The World Game is designed to create a common ground between teacher and student. I can think of no greater gift.