Embedding simulated learning opportunities for teacher candidate pedagogical development throughout a pandemic
COVID-19 caused K-12 schools across the United States to close starting in the spring of 2020, which cascaded back to educator preparation programs (EPPs), greatly reducing and altering the clinical practice experiences of teacher candidates. This continued into the 2020-21 academic year as schools in many communities remained closed for in-person instruction (Goldhaber & Theobald, n.d.). The pandemic directly impacted the extent to which teacher candidates gained any experience in the ‘practice’ of teaching due to these school closures. Lessons learned from the pandemic have informed how practice opportunities for teacher candidates are provided and must be modified. Technology, through use of a simulated learning environment, is one way that can afford teacher candidates practice opportunities regardless of closures or limited in-person opportunities and it is worthy of consideration across EPPs.
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