Teacher Prep SIMS

SIM 1 – Burton

This teacher-initiated simulation challenges teachers to present a mother with evidence of her son’s poor academic and behavioral performance. In conversation, additional contexts – socioeconomic status and single-parent status – are presented by the standardized parent.
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SIM 2 – Bolden

This simulation situates teachers in front of a worried single father, who presents evidence that his daughter is experiencing emotional distress, long-term changes in behavior, and different social patterns. Teachers are challenged to construct a plan of action with the father, appropriately involving the student services available within a given school.
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SIM 3 – Turner

This simulation presents teachers with a parent who is challenging the teacher’s academic expectations of her daughter, who is often absent, but obstructive when present in class. In particular, teachers must address questions about academic progress, expectations, and professional rationale behind decisions to modify curricula.
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SIM 4 – Smithers

This parent-initiated simulation presents teachers with increasingly-challenging pressures from a standardized father with regard to an assigned classroom text. Teachers must address issues of requests for alternative assignments, the removal of texts from classrooms, and challenges to professional decision making.
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SIM 5 – Summers

A disruptive, vulgar outburst on the part of a student results in this teacher-initiated conference. Depending on the manner in which the teacher facilitates the resulting conference with the standardized mother, the teacher may or may not uncover significant issues of current and past abuse within the student’s home.
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SIM 6 – Danson

Serving as a proactive advocate for her son with autism, each standardized Lori Danson works with individual teachers to plan for both academic and social challenges that her son might face. Teachers are challenged to synthesize their classroom philosophies for students with disabilities with their instructional and management strategies.
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SIM 7 – Wilson

This simulation presents individual teachers a classic case of bullying – where a younger, smaller male student is physically harassed by older, larger upperclassmen. During the interaction with a concerned standardized mother, each teacher must address questions related to student safety, questions on school anti-bullying/harassment policy, and issues related to the student’s perceived sexuality.
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SIM 8 – Goss

When an excellent, but pressured student athlete is belligerent in class, teachers are situated in a conference with the student’s parents. By design, the teacher faces the dilemma of two parents who disagree on what is best for their daughter – where one parent believes that the only path to success is a perfect academic record, while the other parent believes in good grades that allow their daughter to excel at sports and collegiate scholarships.
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SIM 9 – Hammond

This simulation centers entirely on the issue of plagiarism. Each teacher is challenged to interact with a standardized parent who strongly questions the accuracy of the plagiarism accusation and the resulting teacher-imposed consequences.
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SIM 10 – Meyers

This ‘getting acquainted’ simulation occurs between each teacher and a standardized paraprofessional. While engaging with the paraprofessional, teachers must articulate general classroom philosophy and specific approaches to serving students with special needs. The concepts of inclusive classrooms and appropriately-structured modifications for students with special needs are primary.
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SIM 11 – Mills

This simulation places teachers in front of a standardized father of a high school student who is performing below expectation. As immediate grades and performance are discussed, teachers must also address questions related to long-term, post-secondary learning opportunities and strategies that parents can enact to support a student of low motivation.
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SIM 12 – Causey

This is a content-specific simulation written for future middle or high school science teachers. In this simulation, teachers interact with a standardized parent who does not support the teaching of evolutionary Biology in public school contexts. Teachers are challenged to explain the rationale behind this topic and to address parent questions about alternative curricula.
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SIM 13 – Collins

When a new student joins an established classroom community, teachers must help the student acclimate. In this simulation with a standardized student, teachers are challenged to articulate basic classroom expectations, especially in light of “first day” classroom disruptions on the part of this new student.
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