Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Do You Want Fries With That...And Other Quick Decisions We Make

It is pretty startling when you think about all the decisions we are faced with daily.  I am not referring to decisions that will make a major impact on our lives per say, but rather the quick and on the spot choices we practically make without even thinking.  Which check-out line to get in?  Should I get paper or plastic bags?  Am I in the mood for hot or iced coffee?   Should I take this parking spot or that one?  Should I stop at the yellow light or go through it?

Very few professionals are put in the position to make more swift decisions than teachers are.   Even though the best teachers are well prepared, know their students, and have previous experience to draw upon, they too are often required to think on their feet and make split second decisions.

Here are 10 examples of choices teachers need to make every day while facilitating learning in their classrooms.  There are of course no incorrect answers, each situation is unique, but it is good to know that there are options available.

  • Small group or whole class
  • Confront the student or look the other way
  • Plow through or stop and regroup
  • Independently or cooperatively
  • Wrap it up or extend time
  • Explain it or let them wonder
  • Private or public feedback
  • Hide or show your emotions
  • Intrinsic or extrinsic motivation
  • Paper and pencil or something else

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