Practicing for Difficult Situations Using Tag Team Simulation
Educators are often presented with difficult student situations. Attendees will use Tag Team Simulation to practice difficult conversations and situations. The Tag Team approach, invented by a group of Australian simulationists, was designed to involve learners in interactive simulations informed by the practice of forum theater. The facilitator assumes the role of the ‘director’; participants are the ‘cast members’ and observers play the ‘audience’. Participants are tagged in and out of an unfolding simulated difficult student situation. The complexity of the situations may be enhanced by the audience with the use of ‘antagonist cards’ that provide new and sometimes challenging information and directions. Situations are structured as two acts with an intermission in between and conclude with a formal debrief.
- Describe the Tag Team Simulation methodology.
- Use the Tag Team method in a difficult learner simulation experience.
- Envision the use of the Tag Team approach to improve communication in difficult student situations.