West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.

Business

West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.

Education

West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.

Employment

West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.

Family

West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.

Health

Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.

Tourism

Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 Classroom Simulation Games


Based on a grant obtained through the Governor's Office all West Virginia teachers have free access to the following classroom simulation games. Although the links below take you to an external website to download the games you can get your free access code to activate the games by contacting Nancy Sturm. This is a free resource for all West Virginia teachers so you do not need to purchase the software.

All classroom simulation games feature normal and disruptive events that frequently occur in primary and secondary classrooms. The randomly-selected events provide opportunities for pre- and in-service teachers to:
  • Differentiate between normal and disruptive classroom events at the primary level,

  • Make decisions that affect the physical and emotional health of students,

  • Practice relationship-building skills,

  • Efficiently utilize time in the classroom, and

  • View the classroom as a system and understand how decisions affect all components of this system

K-2 Classroom SIM
In this simulated K-2 classroom children put their pants on backward, cry over lost puppies, throw up, and lose their pencils. How will you respond to each event?

3-5 Classroom SIM
A typical day in grades 3-5: One allergic bee sting, a spilled water bottle, one fire drill, a new student, and two calls from concerned parents. This is just the beginning of the decisions to be made in this simulation.

6-8 Classroom SIM
Middle Schoolers! One is applying nail polish and another has a pencil in his nose. You, the teacher in charge, must decide on the most effective option.

9-12 Classroom SIM
Who made that cat call? The school is under lockdown! A student just cursed you. Respond to simulated events before encountering them in a real classroom.

Working with Parents SIM
Working with Parents is one of the most challenging tasks new teachers face--What is Mr. Jones’ agenda? How should I address this parent’s concern?