Simulations provide an opportunity to practice critical thinking in a safe space. Participants face high-stakes situations and cope with the consequences of their decisions without real-life implications. This experience builds confidence and improves judgment.
Simulations enable participants to gain experience dealing with authentic challenges before actual situations occur. By playing simulations multiple times, learners can try different routes and realize the consequences of each choice so they can draw on that knowledge when faced with similar issues in real life.
Improve Retention and Build Principal Pipelines
Learning by doing has proven to be the most effective form of training. Participants practice decision-making and are given real-time feedback to understand what went wrong and how they can improve. Having the opportunity to learn from mistakes safely improves engagement and knowledge retention.
Promote Peer-to-Peer Learning
Simulations provide opportunities for discourse among participants – during and after each simulation. These conversations compel learners to understand not just the “how” but also the “why” and often reveal biases and uncover areas of improvement.
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What Do the Simulations Include?
The SchoolSims Simulation Library includes many engaging simulations that create a collaborative environment where current and aspiring school leaders and teachers can improve their critical thinking and judgment skills. Our simulations can be used in both a K-12 setting and higher education educational leadership programs. Simulation topics include:
- Social-Emotional Issue
- Difficult Conversation-Focused
- Instructional & Operations Leadership
- Leading Change
- Student Safety & Security
Delivering Simulations Asynchronously
When simulations are used asynchronously, current and aspiring school leaders and teachers feel more freedom to repeat the simulation three or even four times to try new decisions and learn from decisions they may not ever choose in real life. They can play the simulation in different ways, even making the worst decisions so they can experience the consequences of their mistakes.
Delivering Simulations Synchronously
When simulations are used synchronously, educators get the natural back-and-forth communication between their peers in the same room. After a decision point, educators can discuss why they chose that particular answer. Hearing from a different perspective allows others to think differently about the situation. Delivering simulations synchronously is excellent for monthly professional development meetings or during a lecture in an educational leadership program.
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