Simulation workshops facilitate group encounters between teachers and educators, in order:
- to practice interpersonal communication skills in conflict situations that occur in the educational field;
- to discuss these experiences in a safe environment;
- to promote coefficient reflection on the learning process.
Workshops are held in Hebrew, Arabic and English.
Simulation workshops present real-life scenarios based upon the situations with which the participants face in their profession. The simulations are video recorded with the participation of trained professional actors who play the role of "standardized others" (students, parents, colleagues).
Our Goals are:
- To develop educators' interpersonal skills
- To implement reflective feedback as a learning tool in education
- To develop emotional, social and academic skills
- To improve communication skills in common conflictive situations
- To support teaching and learning processes
The National Program for Simulation Centers in Education
- The program was established in order to advance interpersonal communications skills among educators and teachers, by means of simulation-based study and practice.
- The Israeli Ministry of Education allocates budgets for operating education simulation centers around the country. The centers were initially opened in education colleges that demonstrated proven experience and knowledge in the field of simulation workshops.
- Following the success of the Educational Simulation Center (LEV) at Bar Ilan University, additional centers were opened in other academic institutions.
- Each of these simulation centers holds free simulation workshops for Hebrew and Arabic speaking educators.
The National Program for Simulation Centers in Education at The MOFET Institute
The National Program's R&D Center was established by MOFET Institute in 2016. The center focuses on:
- Monitoring and assisting in establishing and developing simulation centers, by providing methodological, technological and academic guidance.
- Planning and conducting research and training workshops for different stakeholders in the simulation centers.
- Leading the research forum on simulations in education.
- Developing relevant materials on simulation tools and workshops, and disseminating this information among relevant agencies in order to seek support for the program's activities.
What is the Simulation?
- The simulation is an educational tool used to instill and to practice interpersonal communication skills throughout the various stages of the professional advancement/continue of educators: from the first stages of training preservice and novice teachers to contributing for the professional development of in-service teachers and educational teams.
- The simulation scenarios focus on real-life situations in which professional actors play as "standardized" interlocutors. In this way, the participants practice their interpersonal communication skills in different situations in a safe environment. The simulation is filmed: thus, enabling the participants to analyze the scenario and conduct personal and group reflection.
- The workshops at the simulation centers enable participants to practice their interpersonal communication skills in conflict situations presented by professional actors. The actors portray the role of the “standardized other” (the student, a colleague, the school principal, a parent, and so on) in the situation.
- The played out scene is documented on video, and is later analyzed by the participants with the guidance of an expert moderator.
- The analysis includes feedback from the participants and the actors, and enables a personal reflection in a supportive and safe environment.
- The professional actors are trained to play the roles of students, parents, school principals, etc.: thus, they are able to simulate authentic interactions based upon relevant occurrences from the participants' professional world.
- The simulation enables the participants to interact in a simulated reality and to learn from this experience, while developing their interpersonal communication skills required to cope with such situations in the professional world.
- The simulation workshop assists in exposing the patterns and mental maps that underlie beneath the participant's behavior. The workshop contributes to clarifying which skills promote the participant toward his/her goals and which skills prevent him/her from achieving these goals.
What are the Goals of the Simulation Centers in Education?
- To obtain interpersonal communications skills and strategies to employ in conflict situations in education.
- To acknowledge conflict situations as an inherent part of learning and teaching relationship.
- To gain the understanding that conflict situations are preventable and may be solved by employing interpersonal communications skills.
- To clarify the connection between the teacher's inner world and his/her reaction in conflict situations in order to promote possible solutions.
- To train teachers and educators to work in a heterogeneous and multi-cultural society; and to promote awareness, knowledge and understanding of teaching in a versatile and multi-cultural learning environments.
Who is the Target Audience?
Simulation workshops are for educators, preservice and in-service teachers and preschool teachers, pedagogic instructors, supervisors, teacher mentors, teacher educators, moderators; principals, school staffs.