The plate looks gorgeous. Colorful. Artistically arranged. White space. Yet organized. How well did it match my expectations when I placed my order?
Do I dive in?
Confirming and correcting my prediction?
Do I admire?
Savoring the physical attributes before it is consumed?
Do I snap a quick picture and send it off?
I take a picture but don’t send it anywhere.
I have a friend who often uses snapchat or messaging to share her dining cuisine. It’s not a typical go to for me. But sometimes, I think, “Wow. I should take a picture of that.” It’s not that I am thinking of an award for cooking but awards have been on my mind.
Do I fill out surveys about food and service at restaurants? Sometimes. How consistent are my ratings from each time to time? And is the criteria the same? That goes to reliability and validity. How critical are these ratings? Are they contextual?
How does this apply to life?
Awards: Who is included? Who is excluded?
Who gets nominated for the CMA Entertainer of the Year? There were 5 male candidates? Why only men?
Part of the criteria is crowd size in large venues, meaning tours, so if women are not out on the road for long tours . . . criteria is not met.
Wow! Criteria for audience rating the winner is . . . audiences putting their bottoms in seats at concerts. So different from having a captive audience where the buses deliver students to school.
What about books?
Books: How do you rate them?
Informal rating? Formal rating?
In your head? On Goodreads? On Amazon with formal reviews?
How do you share your response to books?
Book Rating: What works for you? A? B? C?
REALLY, YOU MUST READ!
DESPERATE, YOU MUST READ!!!
My Goodreads account consists of mostly books rated 5 with a few 4’s sprinkled in. Does that mean that all books I read are automatically that good? I’m sure that you will be disappointed but books that would be below a “4” or “5” star rating on Goodreads, just don’t get entered. Selective memory? Or was it once a conscious choice to only include the top books. But you wouldn’t know that unless you knew my methodology for reporting. A bit erratic! A bit unplanned. My concession to compliance and using someone else’s rating system.
Daily life decisions: Using skills and strategies steeped in literacy. Determining importance. Predicting. Confirming predictions. Re-predicting. Aligning expectations with the “real” thing. Comparing and contrasting. Developing criteria. Communicating.
How do your students rate their books?
How do your students share their response to books?
What do they prefer?
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And yes, the vegetarians in my family would rate the meal pictured above as a -10. The devout pork producers might rate it a 0. The poultry eaters might rate it a -5. And then you all who hate any medium rare meat might not have gotten past the “shudders”!
It all depends on perspective . . .
and your own definition of a quality meal!