Creative Teaching Techniques: Role-Playing

They say creativity can’t be taught? But creative ways of teaching can bring out the creative side of your students. In order to encourage out-of-the-box thinking, teachers must use various techniques to stimulate different aspects of a child’s thinking process. A fun and interesting teaching technique is role-playing.

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What is Role-Playing?

This technique requires students to take up the role of the person affected by an issue, and must study an issue or event from the perspective of that person.

What is the Process of Role-Playing? * *

  • Role-playing requires teachers to define the role to the students that they are about to take on.
  • The students must acquire knowledge about the person they are portraying and take part in the discussions or decision making process as the person they playing.

Benefits of Role-Playing

Role-playing approach has been used effectively by many teachers to help solve classroom interpersonal problems and to teach human-relation skills. Also the technique has been used to facilitate learning of historical and literary works, social issues, and economic decision making scenarios. The benefits that students achieve from such activities include:

  • Better application of content to relevant situations.
  • Take personal interest in discussions and decision-making process.
  • Think beyond the confines of the classroom.
  • Immediate feedback in terms of understanding of the content.
  • Better focus and retention of information.
  • Encourages scenario building and incorporates real-world scenarios thus pushing the boundaries of textbook learning.