Proposal Title

Role-playing Revamped!: An Innovative Teacher Education Practice for Pandemic Learning

Presentation Type

Short (15 minute) synchronous

Start Date

16-2-2021 3:10 PM

End Date

16-2-2021 3:30 PM

Proposal Abstract

Modelling great teaching strategies by instructors and role-playing by students are practices that are nothing new in teacher education programs. In fact, modelling and role-playing are core instructional approaches used in training teacher candidates. But what do modelling and role-playing look like in a virtual and pandemic course delivery? How does an instructor model teaching strategies for students, alone from behind a screen? How do students then practice those teaching strategies, on their own? Great teaching and learning require creativity and taking risks. Reconceptualizing pedagogies to reflect pandemic times has presented an opportunity to do just that. Join me, Ms. Unicorn, and her class of stuffies for an adventure into an imaginative pedagogical approach for teacher education – Role-playing Revamped – where you will learn that with great risk comes great reward, especially during a pandemic.

Statement

Virtual course delivery for applied academic programs, like teacher education, where cornerstone practices are built on proximity between students and teacher, initially seemed like an insurmountable challenge. This presentation speaks to the subtheme of Beyond the Usual: Lemonade from Lemons in COVID by articulating how this challenge was overcome and capitalized upon, to bring high-quality teaching practices to teacher candidates in TRU’s BEd Elementary program.

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Feb 16th, 3:10 PM Feb 16th, 3:30 PM

Role-playing Revamped!: An Innovative Teacher Education Practice for Pandemic Learning

Modelling great teaching strategies by instructors and role-playing by students are practices that are nothing new in teacher education programs. In fact, modelling and role-playing are core instructional approaches used in training teacher candidates. But what do modelling and role-playing look like in a virtual and pandemic course delivery? How does an instructor model teaching strategies for students, alone from behind a screen? How do students then practice those teaching strategies, on their own? Great teaching and learning require creativity and taking risks. Reconceptualizing pedagogies to reflect pandemic times has presented an opportunity to do just that. Join me, Ms. Unicorn, and her class of stuffies for an adventure into an imaginative pedagogical approach for teacher education – Role-playing Revamped – where you will learn that with great risk comes great reward, especially during a pandemic.