Using Schoology for our class is my first time experiencing role-play and simulation. It will be exciting to see how the class interacts as certain people to develop practice of what we might experience as real teachers in schools. These include parents, students, district officials, principals, and other teachers in the school.
Practicing role-play in the class will promote writing in traditional and digital forms. This will help us learn how to communicate to people that are involved in schooling. In a traditional form of writing, it will help us learn the structure and form of writings we will encounter when we are teachers.
For the digital form of writing, teachers will receive emails from various people and it is important to know how to respond. For example, if a parent emails a teacher it is important for the teacher to note that discussing something with a parent is different than with a student. A teacher may want to think about being more detailed and thorough with the parent because the parent does not attend the school; therefore, he or she may not be fully aware of how grades, assignments, and attendance work. If a student emails his or her teacher, the teacher may want to take into consideration the student may already know the answer but was not clearly focused in class; therefore, the teacher might frame a response to help the student get on the right track.
This article, Simulation-Based Learning: Just Like the Real Thing, relates to the simulation in role play and how it is a technique to learn how to communicate in realistic settings.
This article, Using Role Play Simulations to Promote Active Learning, explains how role-play simulations are beneficial in learning because people are actively learning.