Brown Bag Series: Toshio Mochizuki

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 11:45am - 1:00pm

GSE Room 124

Brown Bag Lecture Series

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Fostering and Reflecting on Diverse Perspective-Taking to Prepare Student Teachers through Dialogic Simulation

Developing effective lesson plans is an essential skill for schoolteachers. While creating a lesson plan, the teachers must assume how their students will learn with the educational materials, understand and respond to the instructions, take interest in the subject, and ask questions and increase interest based on the teachers’ instruction. In order to create a more student-centered and inquiry-based lesson that is required for nurturing 21st century skills in the classroom (Darling-Hammond, 2006), the teachers need to brush up their imaginary skills to design effective questions and anticipate possible reactions from their students in order to accomplish dialogic teaching. Nonetheless, the development of an appropriate lesson plan by student and novice teachers, based on the estimated perspective of learners, is especially difficult. This is particularly the case with undergraduate students, who have few opportunities to participate in real classroom lessons in actual schools; it becomes difficult to create interactive lesson plans that are constructed around appropriate questions and answers between learners and teachers.

In this talk, I will discuss the method called "cartooning teaching simulation” that fosters perspective-taking of student teachers in their preparation of lesson plans. Cartooning teaching simulation is a training method whereby student teachers create and revise their lesson plans from the viewpoint of learners, designed based on dialogism. I will illustrate how such teaching simulation and additional scaffolds can enhance the student teachers’ viewpoint in their preparation program in these years. Finally, I will introduce a tangible puppetry-based teaching simulation support system, which enables the student teachers to achieve and dramatize possible insights of various characters in the simulation, in order to address further problem that student teachers tend not to anticipate dialogue with possible students in the embodied teaching simulation (such as microteaching).

This event will also be live-streamed on the GSE's YoutubeChannel.


Rutgers Graduate School of Education (GSE) Brown Bag Series is a weekly, informal forum of research presentations led by invited outside speakers and faculty-sponsored Rutgers graduate students across various educational disciplines. This flexible, strand-based organization of the Brown Bag Series is intended to encourage insightful, productive conversations between scholars from different areas of the education field.  Pizza and drinks are provided by GSE Student Affairs Committee (GSAC)


Who to contact:

Randi Zimmerman