Simulated Experiences

“Simulated experiences are often just as valuable as real life for elementary school students and are much safer and more manageable for the beginning teacher”(Eby, Herrell, & Jordan, 2011, p 140). I like giving my students a chance to participate in activities that mimic those they may encounter in real life such as keeping a checkbook for students who are practicing their mastery of large number addition and subtraction or running their own classroom city with a government, education system, and businesses. I use these as assignments and as assessments. What are your favorite ways to incorporate simulated experiences for your students?



Eby, J. W., Herrell, A. L., & Jordan, M. (2011). Teaching in K-12 Schools A Reflective Action