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A Principal
  
          
          
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Secretary
Has been in this school since it was built and quite indispensable to its smooth functioning. Runs most faculty social functions.

  
        
  
  
C

Janitor

  
        
  
  
D

Math Chairman

  
          
          
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Math Teacher

  
            
              
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Math Teacher

  
      
      
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Science Chairman

  
    
    
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Science Teacher

  
          
          
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I

Science Teacher

  
          
          
J

Social Studies Chairwoman
Although competent and knowledgeable, she is head of a somewhat troubled department characterized by a high turnover rate. Most of the work, administrative and pedagogical, has to be done singlehandedly by her. Working on a Master's degree in American Studies.

  
          
          
K

Social Studies Teacher

  
              
            
L

Social Studies Teacher

  
    
    
M

Language Arts Chairman

  
        
        
N

Language Arts Teacher

  
        
        
O

Language Arts Teacher

  
      
          
P

Foreign Language Teacher

  
    
    
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Q

Industrial Arts Teacher

  
      
      
R

Art Teacher

  
              
            
S

Music Teacher

  
        
        
T

Boys' Phys Ed Teacher

  
            
              
U

Girls' Phys Ed Teacher

  
          
          
V

Home Ec Teacher

  
        
        
W

Guidance Counselor
Formerly in personnel in a small advertising firm in the city. Is happy with this position, but aware of its limitations. Engaged in developing alternative procedures for dealing with discipline problems. The object of some resentment from teachers who feel he is more supportive of difficult students than is necessary.

  
      
      
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Library / AV Coordinator

  
      
      
Information
COST INFORMATION
1
week
Personal: Find out what sort of people the staff members are.
1
week
Lunchmates: Observe carefully to see who lunches with whom each noon.
1
week
Committees: Find out who are members of the various formal committees set up in the school.
2
weeks

Social: Observe the out-of-school social patterns to learn who plays poker together, who bowls together, etc.


Diffusion Activities
COST DIFFUSION ACTIVITY
1
week
Talk To: You make a conscious effort, over a period of about one week, to engage any ONE person in a number of one to one conversations.
1
week
Ask Help: You ask any ONE of the staff for advice or for help in one of your projects... preparing some learning materials, setting up a demonstration, running a workshop, etc.
2
weeks
Pilot Test: You attempt to influence ONE teacher by asking to let you conduct an informal pilot test of peer tutoring with his/her students.
4
weeks
Site Visit: You select any FIVE persons to visit Lighthouse School, in the next state, where an exemplary tutoring program is in progress.
1
week
Print: You circulate a brochure describing the many advantages of peer tutoring to any FIVE persons.
3
weeks
Presentation: You get on the agenda of a regularly scheduled staff meeting to explain about peer tutoring and encourage discussion about it.
3
weeks
Demonstration: You invite the staff into a particular teacher's classroom (an adopter's!) to see peer tutoring in action.
5
weeks
Training Workshop (Self): You conduct an in-service workshop which trains teachers in the operational details of setting up and carrying on a peer tutoring program in their classrooms.
2
weeks
Training Workshop (Prof): You arrange to have Professor Portney of Centralia Teachers college conduct an in-service workshop on "Peer Tutoring: Its Role in Student Self-Development."
5
weeks
Materials Workshop: You conduct an inservice workshop in which teachers team up to develop creative materials-games, flash-cards, etc. for student tutor use.
1
week
Local Mass Media: You arrange to be interviewed about peer tutoring by a reporter from the local Eyewitness News program.
6
weeks
Compulsion: You persuade the principal to issue a memo directing all teachers to institute some form of peer tutoring in their classrooms next year. (Use only if the principal has adopted the innovation.)
6
weeks
Confrontation: You work behind the scenes with a group of parents, encouraging them to protest about the students' poor reading achievement. They take their protest to a school board meeting. (Use only if you have used mass media twice.)

If you are playing this game and it suddenly starts over from the beginning, or the game seems to show moves you did not make and the calendar advances faster than it should, then this means that someone else has logged in under the same user name that you are using and is now playing the game while you are playing. The game is designed to work correctly when only ONE user logs in under the same login name at a time. Two or more users cannot play under the same login name at the same time without "stepping on each other's toes".

To obtain a license and a unique login name (or to change your login password), contact the Diffusion Simulation Team.

The Diffusion Simulation Game was created in the Department of Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University. The Web version was led by Dr. Ted Frick with designers Barbara Ludwig, K. J. Kim and Rui Huang. The DSG is based on a board game originally developed by Dr. Michael Molenda and Patricia Young.
Questions or Comments? Email the Diffusion Simulation Team.