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Focusing on Principal Preparation: What if I don’t have any experience?

April 7, 2016

Transitioning to administration can be a daunting leap.  Additional education plays a role, but nothing beats actual principal experience.  In several education universities across the country, administration students are finding there’s a different way – simulations actually let’s them experience being a principal with space and time to think and consider each aspect of a variety of real-world scenarios.


And what resulted was more than students expected – and more than professors planned for!  This is not just an advertisement for simulations.  It’s an opportunity for you to hear in the administrative students, in their own words, how the simulation exercises transformed their thinking on becoming an administrator.


At Drake University, Erin explains:


"The online simulations have been highly beneficial and have offered me a unique learning experience. I have completed a total of six simulations to this point and plan on completing the remainder of them. I enjoy the interaction and the ability to reflect and think through various situations in a way that instant feedback is provided (and also to quickly learn the effects of my actions). The simulations are valuable and encompass a wide range of situations future administrators will more than likely find themselves in. The simulations are a proactive way to prepare future administrators and guide them towards more dynamic self-reflection.


I found myself doing the simulations more than once to see which course of action would have been a better choice from my original decision. The simulations are amazing learning tools and led me down a path of deep self-reflection regarding my actions and thought process."


Check out other student experiences – all slightly different:


Chelsea:  http://flipgrid.com/#23bae55a

Erin:  http://flipgrid.com/#6c27835e

Kyle:  http://flipgrid.com/#8d5a9e35

Carrie: http://flipgrid.com/#d168984e


Their professor, Trent, commented:

"Simulations are one of the best ways for students to learn and leaders to prepare.  Ed Sims are a user-friendly tool that truly engage participants in real-life scenarios and allow them to learn the implications of their choices.  The simulations are timely, relevant and well done.  I have found that the aspiring school leaders I am tasked with preparing both enjoy and appreciate learning through these simulations and would recommend them with confidence to others."


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