Role-Play & Simulation: Purposes in Learning for Traditional and Digital Writing

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.





2 thoughts on “Role-Play & Simulation: Purposes in Learning for Traditional and Digital Writing

  1. Megan,
    I liked how you focused on how online role-play and digital learning will help with communication between the students and the teachers. I think that communication is extremely important in the classroom — and achieving it isn’t always easy. There is usually a big gap between students and their teachers as soon as they reach that age where students feel as if they don’t need the teacher any longer. It helps for the teacher to put themselves on the same level as the students, instead of playing head of the classroom.

    I also really enjoyed the link you provided. I didn’t think to apply online-role play to careers and how it may help people down road. I only thought to apply the idea to writing skills. It was interesting to see how online role-play can help students in every aspect of the real world – not just writing.

  2. You both make interesting comments about the authority position of teachers, how this is supported through language, and how role-play (when teachers participate) can shift these relations. It will be interesting to see how those who playing teachers, parents, superintendents and students interact with each other during the discussion.

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