Is The Make
It Real Game a game or a program?
The Make It Real Game is a demanding and ambitious career development
program, fully compliant with the Blueprint for Life/Work Designs (Canada) and
the National Career Development Guidelines (United States) competencies and
performance indicators for the Primary/Elementary level. However, the program is
experiential, involving creative role-playing and simulation activities. As a
result, students (and teachers) have fun as they learn about adult life and work
roles in the context of their own career and educational planning. The Make It
Real Game is, then, an educational program, with clearly defined learning
outcomes and performance indicators, presented in the form of a game.
How much time
does it take to play The Make It Real Game?
It takes from 14 to 16 hours of class time to complete the "core" activities
of the program. Optional activities are also included in the Facilitator's Guide
which complement the core activate and create opportunities to involve working
people from the community, other teacher and parents or guardians. Thus, the
program can be extended for a term, a semester or even a full year.
Do I need
training to present the game to students?
Although complete and easy-to-follow lesson plans are provided for
facilitators, training is strongly recommended. Both students and teachers
benefit more from the program when facilitators attend a one-day training
session. Incidentally, in over 35,000 classrooms now using programs in The Real
Game Series, a team teaching approach is most common. English, Math, Science,
Home Economics, Geography, Social Studies, Physical Education and other
teachers, and, of course, career counselors, librarians, administrator's, parent
volunteers and peer facilitators (students from older grades), can all
facilitate key activate in the program.
How do I get
the training I need?
Canada: Through the Canada Career Information Partnership, each Canadian
province and territory has designated a Real Game Series Coordinator who
coordinates training and awareness-raising activities and events for all
programs in The Real Game Series. You can get in touch with your Coordinator
through the Career Services unit of your Department of Education, or through the
Career Cruising (1-800-965-8541 ext 118).
United States: The Real Game Series training is coordinated through the
National Life/Work Center-US. Availability of training may be learned by
contacting your local ACRN Director, Career Cruising (1-800-965-8541 ext 118).
Can The Make It Real Game be presented as a
community project outside the classroom?
Yes, as long as the facilitators have experience in a classroom or group
learning environment. For example, the program can be very popular at summer
camps or evening or weekend sessions with community groups. If the facilitators
are not teachers experienced with the program in schools, it is recommended that
they attend Make It Real Game training.