My name is Michael Fryda. I am a full time 9-12 science teacher and adjunct professor of teacher education at a MidWest university. I advocate for teacher rights through the National Education Association. I have strong views on a variety of political, social, and religious topics. This blog will feature none of that.
In my spare time, I play games. It isn’t a lot of spare time as I take my “real” job very seriously. I run a Game Club for students where I teach. I’ve co-published game information articles for the Star Wars Miniatures line by Wizards of the Coast, entitled “Star Wars Miniatures Strategy Showcase”, from 2008-2009.
I’m hoping that my collected thoughts here could eventually lead to the publication of a book on teaching games. It is an art and a science and most people are pretty terrible at it. My combined experience in K-16 education and gaming for most of my life has helped me to see common pitfalls to avoid and necessary skills for success that many gamers could benefit from reflecting on.
Games I play:
Battletech, The X-wing Miniatures Game, Nintendo 3DS and DS RPGs, a variety of tabletop RPGs (mostly DND and Savage Worlds), tRPGs, 4X games, a variety of board games and card games
I’m interested in the skills of effectively teaching games.