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Key Words: Instructional strategies, language, K-12

Submitted by: Kristy Marsh

Role playing is used not only to build self confidence in students, but also to add to their learning in a different and fun way. Role playing can be used in Language Arts or Reading as a means to develop character traits. Role playing is mostly used in my practicum teacher's class as a means in which to help students feel more comfortable speaking/ signing in front of a group or in a group setting. One example of this is the "No Laugh" game. A student volunteers to act in front of the class and try to make the other students laugh. The student can do anything to make the other students laugh except touch them. Points are given to those students who watch the entire act without laughing.

Role playing is used in this hearing impaired class to build the students' self esteem and to help them feel more comfortable speaking/ signing in group setting. Hearing impaired students often feel as if all eyes are on them when they are signing or speaking (which is often true) and this activity helps students to build confidence in their signing and/or speaking in front of people. This activity appears to work well in my practicum class in that more students volunteer role play each time the game is played. Where:

1. Carrie Sullivan. Horace Mann Middle School. Lakewood, Ohio.
2. Canfield, J. & Wells, H. (1976). 100 Ways to enhance self-concept in the classroom. Boston, Mass.: Allyn and Bacon.
3. Jacobs, M. Turk, B. & Horn, E. (1988). Building a positive self- concept. Portland, ME: J. Weston Walch.

Uploaded by = Sheri Gezann/ K.S.U. Student/ Deaf Ed. Major