DENTON — One student is putting on lipstick in class while another has headphones on. A third student talks to his friend sitting next to him.
When the teacher suggests that the students do a worksheet, a girl puts her head on the desk.
So begins a computer program designed to prepare teachers for the modern youngster and help stem the flight of educators from the nation’s classrooms.
Future teachers are given profiles of students with different “expected academic performance, openness to learning and emotional stability.” Some have disabilities.
The program ends with a graph that follows the effectiveness of the assignment and the teacher’s comments with each student.
Those who’ve played the game rate their own teaching skills higher and say they have more confidence in their ability to reach students with different characteristics.