DC-G Middle School- November 2015
Fixed vs. Growth
Love and Logic
Skill #7: Using Choices to Prevent Power Struggles
Guidelines for Giving Lots of Little Choices
Offer choices that won’t make a problem for you or for anyone else, at times that you find appropriate.
Choices should not be threats in disguise.
For each choice, offer only two options, either of which will be okay with you.
If your students don’t make a choice within a specified short period of time, choose for them.
Offer choices before your students become resistant, not after.
It is important to avoid disguising demands and threats as choices.
Students will resent the pretense of choice:
“Would you rather be good, or get suspended for the rest of your life?”
“Will you all sit still or fail this class?”
“Hand in your papers on time, or get a failing grade.”
Bingo Square Spotlight
If we are creating assessments that ask students to think at higher levels, we need to make sure they are able to practice these skills during class as well. How a question is worded can be the difference in creating a lesson that has students engaged at level 5 or 6 vs. a level 3. As How to Assess Higher-Order Thinking Skills in Your Classroom states, planning your questions out allows teachers to ask more higher-level questions instead of recall questions. Recall questions are easier to think of in the moment.