Before You Watch
Respond to the following questions:
- What are the challenges and benefits of teaching provocative issues like inequities in the distribution of resources?
- What are the advantages of using simulations and role-playing as classroom strategies?
- What are some teaching strategies you use to help students relate abstract concepts to their own lives?
Watch the Video
As you watch "Population and Resource Distribution," take notes on Ms. Forristal's instructional strategies, particularly how she prepares, implements, and debriefs the simulation. Write down what you find interesting, surprising, or especially important about the teaching and learning in this lesson.
Reflecting on the Video
Review your notes, then respond to the following questions:
- What struck you about the classroom climate, background, preparation, strategies, and materials used in this lesson?
- What concepts were students learning? How do these concepts relate to one another and to Ms. Forristal's goals for the unit?
- What did you notice about how Ms. Forristal conducted the simulation?
- How is this class different from yours? How might you introduce these concepts to your own students?
Let's take a second look at Ms. Forristal's class to focus on specific teaching strategies. Use the video images below to locate where to begin viewing.