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Life Skills: Role-Playing. By: Cathy Lally Megan Watts Sarah Gouskos Audra Wiley. Description. Teachers put students in specific scenarios to see how they handle the situation Creates scenarios in a useful environment One that they can associate with scenarios

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life skills role playing

Life Skills: Role-Playing

By:

Cathy Lally

Megan Watts

Sarah Gouskos

Audra Wiley

description
Description
  • Teachers put students in specific scenarios to see how they handle the situation
  • Creates scenarios in a useful environment
    • One that they can associate with scenarios
  • Allows for experimentation, mistakes, success and no real-life consequences
  • Can have positive or negative outcome
how to information
How-To Information
  • Teacher must know what he/she wants the students to learn from the assignment
  • Teacher will:
    • Describe scenario to students
    • Appoint positions
      • Provide students with background
    • Direct students to begin role-playing
    • Then discuss the outcome and importance w/ students
implications considerations
Implications & Considerations
  • Pros:
    • Places students in real-world scenarios
    • Gives students hands-on experiences
  • Cons:
    • Students may not want to participate
      • embarrassed, shy, unfamiliar with scenario
    • Students may not take activity seriously
  • Must explain purpose and ensure clear understanding of the activity
examples of role playing activities
Examples of Role-Playing Activities
  • Answering a telephone
  • Asking for help
  • Greeting others
  • Starting a conversation
  • Interacting well with co-workers
  • Emergency situations
  • Job interview
  • Taking responsibility
references
References
  • Williams, G., & Reisberg, L. (2003, March). Successful inclusion: teaching social skills through curriculum integration. Intervention in School & Clinic, 38(4), 205. Retrieved January 15, 2008, from Academic Search Premier database.
  • Parsons, S., & Mitchell, P. (2002, June). The potential of virtual reality in social skills training for people with autistic spectrum disorders. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 46(5), 430-443. Retrieved January 15, 2008, from Academic Search Premier database.
  • Hanley, G., Heal, N., & Tiger, J. (2007, Summer). Evaluation of a class wide teaching program for preschool life skills. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 40(2), 377-300. Retrieved January 15, 2008, from Academic Search Premier database.
  • Gamble, B. (2006, September). Teaching life skills for student success. Techniques: Connecting Education & Careers, 81(6), 40-41. Retrieved January 15, 2008, from Academic Search Premier database.
additional links
Additional Links
  • These are just a few websites found that contain some good information that teachers/paraprofessionals can use:
  • Starting Point: Role-Playing Exercises http://serc.carleton.edu/introgeo/roleplaying/
  • Enhancing Life Skills http://www.school-counselors.com/counselors_8.pdf
  • Journal of Extension, Creative Teaching: Simulations, Games, and Role Playing http://www/joe.org/joe/1989summer/tt1.html