The ‘WHY?’ For Choice Education! - YES! MAKING CHOICES CAN BE TAUGHT!
- The “Why?” of Teaching Decision-making, Goal setting, and Other Basic Life Skills
- ACCORDING TO: Stephen R. Covey, Daniel Goleman, , Chick Moorman, and Robert Marzano
- Research abounds showing the need and efficacy of teaching decision-making, goal setting, conflict resolution, problem-solving and other basic life skills. Open this document to find pertinent statements from these and others in support of Choice Education.
By getting students to recognize their choices (cause) and the result their choices produce (effect), the students can experience increased personal power. This personal power boosts self-esteem and motivation while it reduces discipline problems.
Excerpts from Testimonial to C.R.O.S.S.ROADS CHOICE Effectiveness
“This C.R.O.S.S.ROADS CHOICE process was birthed from incredible frustration at having to handle one situation after another as a result of negative choices by the students at the middle school where I was principal. I asked the question, “Can making better choices be taught?” and discovered that, YES, IT CAN!”
“ With C.R.O.S.S.ROADS in our toolbox, the ” if I’d only……” ‘s in our lives can be turned into “I’m so glad I did!” ’s.”
“More importantly all of a sudden it was the students resolving the potential conflicts and not the staff. The role of the staff had switched from that of disciplinarians to facilitators of self-discipline by the students.”
“The change in the dynamics of the potential conflict situation was dramatic from the traditional teacher intervention to students empowered to solve the problem themselves.”
1) The student felt safe enough to bring the problem to an adult knowing they would be allowed to work it out between themselves.
2) The students evaluated their own behavior/choices.
3) The students determined what consequences would be fair. (with a few hints from me)
4) Instead of “This is what you’re going to do!” from a teacher or administrator, it was “This is what I’m going to do!” from the student/s.
Who were the winners here? Who learned to take responsibility for their own actions? Who worked out other ways the problem could be solved? Who was not angry because of consequences handed down by ‘that teacher’ (or other person in authority)? Who has a better chance of making different choices in the future?
For a full account of the development of the C.R.O.S.S.ROADS process, see Testimonial to C.R.O.S.S.ROADS CHOICE Effectiveness
“We are a product of the choices we make, not the circumstances that we face.” -Roger Crawford