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#SOL19: Decisions


I really want to finish this book but I’m only on chapter 3.

I need to read this book again before my next PD.

It’s book 4 in the series.  I can’t wait to see where it goes.

Time is short.  I need to read before finalizing my plans.

Just one more chapter.  But wait a chapter is short so that’s probably only about 5 minutes.

Read and jot down notes, craft a response.  That could be an hour per chapter.

How do I decide?

I could flip a coin but if I don’t like the results will I change the requirements to “best 3 out of 5 results”?

If I could think of 6 alternatives, I could roll a die.  (Or all even could be one choice and all odd the other.)

Is “luck” a good way to make a decision?

With 425,000,000 results . . . what follows is a decision making process from Google (Link).

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I’m at Step 3 and I need to identify the alternatives.

  • Read text A
  • Read text B
  • Read neither text
  • Read both texts
  • Begin to develop the work for the day and then determine the need to read additional resources.
  • Read text C

So obviously, I’m not ready to make a decision YET.

When perhaps should you have prudently waited? 

Or had a process in place? 

When do we “rush to action” when perhaps patience and thought is required?




Thank you, Two Writing Teachers, for this weekly forum. Check out the writers and readers here.

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#SOL19: Day 31 SOLSC


On this last day of #SOLSC, let’s celebrate. (I know. It was a sneaky way to bring my #OLW back in)

Which would you rather eat?

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This could become a “3 Corner” activity – which do you choose and why?  The choice could be made silently and then after groups are gathered in  their “corners”, they could create a “claim” and supporting reasons for their choice.  (Psst: That’s oral practice first before ever writing a word.)

Where would you rather play?

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All three are outside choices so they are fairly comparable.  Some lend themselves more to “parallel play with a friend.  Would that make the decision harder? Again, this could be a silent, individual choice.  And then what if you introduced the concept that students could choose one activity with a partner.  Now what skills do the students need?

Which would you choose to read?

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What would you choose to write with?

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“The average classroom teacher will make more than 1,500 educational decisions every school day. In an average 6-hour school day, that’s more than 4 decisions every minute.” (TeacherVision, Source)

How do we support students in making decisions? 

Claims? 

Making choices – good, poor or bad? 

How should we support them?




Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Kelsey, Lanny, Melanie, and Stacey for this daily March forum from Two Writing Teachers. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.

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