The Role Of Role Playing As An Effective Teaching Classroom

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Lectures have dominated the history of education. It is time that society pushes lectures aside for a more effective teaching style; this style is active learning. Lectures need to be pushed aside due to the lack of participation that they promote in the classroom. Active learning opens the classroom up to more participation from the students rather than the teacher dictating the classroom. There are several techniques that can be used within Active learning, role-playing is one of these techniques. Role-playing allows the students to experience the subject matter first-hand, solve problems as a group, and reinforce what they have previously learned. Unlike lectures, role-playing requires active participation from the students. During my field experience, when the teacher gave a lecture, many students seemed uninterested and inattentive. Role-playing will not completely get rid of lectures, but it will provide students with an extra incentive to be attentive. When role-playing is implemented into the classroom, lectures will be less frequent, because they will only be used to prepare the students for the role-play. With less lectures and the knowledge that they are only used for preparation, the students will be more interested and attentive. I experienced this first hand in my State and Local Politics class. In that class, we participated in a simulation where we acted as a local city council. We spent the two classes prior to the simulation going over the rules and regulations. During those two days, the students asked more questions than any class period prior. There are normally a select few individuals that ask questions or answer the professor’s questions, but those few days before the simulation and during, the majority of ... ... middle of paper ... ...hey were able to associate the leader with one of their peers that played that role (274-275). In order for the student to experience the subject matter first-hand, increase their problem-solving skills, and reinforce what the student has already been taught, role-playing must be implemented into the classroom. Role-playing promotes active participation from the students and provides them an incentive to be attentive during the preparation lecture. Every individual must deal with a wide-variety of problems on a daily basis. Role-playing provides the students a foundation to tackle problems head-on. It also allows the student to have fun and learn at the same time. This increases the overall satisfaction of the students and in turn, the teacher. It is time for society to push the ineffective lecture aside, and strive to make learning enjoyable and practical for all.
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