Which should we do?
How do we plan?
What’s for dinner?
When are we going to the store?
What is essential?
Our answers are NOT the same as they were March 1st. It’s amazing that a month has made such a difference in our daily lives. So many new views. So many new plans. So many books to read and stories to write. Choices used to feel more black and white with opposites as choices. Lately choices seem to vary more.
How many choices? It may depend on the question. Perhaps we even have to back up before we can go forward.
How do we make decisions?
Some folks use decision trees to lay out their options for high stakes decisions. If the question is Which do you want with dinner: tap water, water with ice, bottled water, or water with lemon? you may not need a decision tree. It’s a fairly easy decision. You might flip a coin if you are feeling adventurous or just can’t seem to make a decision. But if you are making a decision about enrolling in a class, you may lay out your options in a decision tree. (Link)
The chart below came from twitter and Katie Muhtaris and Kristin Ziemke’s work in their new book, Read the World. From this chart, many believe that their are two choices for schools and teachers as they plan for technology-delivered instructional sessions: synchronous and asynchronous. Check out thes echaracteristics as you think about what a THIRD or FOURTH category might be.
I’ve been teaching online grad classes for over a decade now and we are NOT allowed to have synchronous sessions. The goal is to be flexible when meeting the needs of students. Prior to this, I also taught blended courses that I really liked because we built community, trust, and shared expectations with synchronous sessions as beginning and ending bookends and then filled in the learning time with asynchronous sessions. This flexibility was appreciated by students who were teachers, coaches, administrators with multiple demands on their time from work, school, families and other commitments.
How would you determine whether synchronous or asynchronous would be best for your students?
What would be your key criteria?
What role would equity play in your decision?
Thank you, Two Writing Teachers, for this daily forum in March. Check out the writers and readers here.