Teachers in Public School districts across the country are struggling to tackle important curriculum in their classrooms due to the rise of negative student behaviors that have been seen since the pandemic. Currently, there is a lack of training for educators in this area.
I identified the need for this training after conducting informal interviews and polls with teachers across the nation who felt that they were not trained well enough to handle the uptick of behaviors in the classroom, and that they lacked the knowledge of strategies that would help them. These gaps lead teachers to feelings of doubt in themselves and increase the likelihood that they would leave their roles. I confirmed the need and decided to develop scenario-based eLearning to help bridge the knowledge and skill gap.
In New York City specifically, there is time built into the week specifically devoted to professional development for teachers, so this training could be added seamlessly in a very cost-effective way to improve teacher performance and skill effectiveness.
This project was developed for use by teachers in a Brooklyn public elementary school.
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I developed this Scenario Based eLearning course by applying a combination of my own experience and discussions with SMEs in the education field. I used action mapping, scenario-based learning, gamification, Articulate Rise 360, and Microsoft PowerPoint to design and create this eLearning experience.
I was able to identify the actions that teachers needed to perform in order to handle difficult behaviors successfully. I compiled this information in an action map, and then I worked with the SMEs to identify the 5 most vital actions for us to address.
There are MANY different causes of behavior in the classroom, so I spoke with SMEs to determine the most prevalent functions of student behavior and how those might present in the classroom. I then mapped out the skills and strategies that teachers would need to try to modify these negative behaviors.
Using my own experience as well as informal interviews with the SMEs, I came up with scenarios that teachers would be able to interact with and make decisions about.
Backgrounds and characters were created and presented as visual mockups to be shared efficiently with all stakeholders.
The prototype was then developed using Rise 360.