Superbowl! Super Sale!!
Quote of the Week
I must have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a week sometimes to make it up.
How do any of us make a decision, big or small, consequential or trivial? Teachers make hundreds of decisions every day, many of those in split seconds, some of those agonizingly. Often we ask students to either make decisions or think about the decisions they did make and the consequences of those decisions. And, often students have no clue or idea how to make a decision because they have not been taught a process for decision making in a safe environment where consequences are just on paper. Our Decision Making Lesson for The Hunger Games provides students with a decision making process that they can practice first with the characters from The Hunger Games and then with their own decisions. While one lesson may not turn adolescents into decision-making masterminds, it’s what all teachers know, you never know when one lesson profoundly impacts a student’s life. And, teaching a decision making process is good practice for critical thinking!
The key steps in decision making take place constantly in students’ lives, and once we acknowledge that good decision making is an important and learnable skill, many doors open. Students can become more actively engaged in the classroom and can learn to work successfully in groups to address complex problems. Moreover, students can extend their learning beyond the classroom as they apply their decision skills to real-world problems. Without a doubt, decision skills can be introduced successfully in a broad range of classroom settings, a fact which lies at the heart of our hope for students to become active and creative decision makers (Gregory & Clemen, p. 7).
It’s Superbowl weekend and Teachers Pay Teachers is running a sale and so are we on all of our lesson plans for The Hunger Games and Wonder as well as a couple of great Ideas for Managing Instruction. Enjoy the Superbowl!
Gregory, R. S. & Clemen, R. T.) Improving students’ decision making skills. Durham, SC: Duke University. Obtained January 28, 2013: https://faculty.fuqua.duke.edu/~clemen/bio/DMSkills.pdf