It's too easy to point out Confucius' saying that ends with "I do and I understand". But it's also true! Learners must be highly involved in experiential teaching strategies to be successful 21st century citizens.

Archive for June, 2012

It’s All in the Group Recipe

Ingredients:

Two teaspoons of task – tenacity plus

A cup of organization skills plus

Three tablespoons of communication plus

A half cup of creative thinking plus

A pound of collaborative skills!

Look at your students / learners. Let them form their own groups or use the recipe above? I say for the most part you and they are better served by your using the recipe! Most every group in a simulation needs individuals with a variety of skills and dispositions to make the process run smoothly. (more…)

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Now We Can Put Your Simulation in Motion! Part II

You’ve carefully developed all the dimensions of your simulation, with one possible exception:

– What are your learning goals?. Seems pretty obvious doesn’t it but curiously I’ve seen many a simulation, commercially prepared and otherwise, that doesn’t exactly know what the simulation is intended to do for its participants. Worse, I’ve seen too many teachers pick something off the shelf and just use it because it “might” meet their goals. Ecch.

There can be two ways to do this: One would be developing your goals beforehand. You know, the good old-fashioned way. The second way would be inside out, that is, pilot the simulation once or twice and through observation and debriefing, sift out what learning goals the simulation appears to be most productive for. (more…)