I like to begin class with a Q/A. A Q/A is a question or an idea to be explored. Here is an example:
Q/A: What kind of Decision Maker are you?
A. That won’t happen to me, you are over reacting
B. I know, I know; I just don’t care
C. Get off my back
D. I Always do right
A. represents the naive person: No matter how old you are, in any area of life where you lack experience, you will lack judgment and may be Naive.
B. represents the fool: someone who rejects all authority. The Fool will do the same thing over and over again and suffer the same consequence.
C. represents the scorner: a clueless, careless and critical person. The Scorner holds any authority figure in contempt.
D. represents the wise person: a mature person who values instruction and will seek wisdom. They listen to and model their life after authority figures who demonstrate wisdom.
This is my theory of high school kids.
Several years ago during a Tobacco unit, the kids explained to me, “kids don’t smoke anymore; it’s not cool. Marijuana was cool; it was a Herb. (because you know, if it’s a Herb, it’s got to be healthy). Synthetic marijuana was even better, particularly if you are on probation (stuff you learn from an older brother). This conversation happened very quickly. It told me a lot about their Decision Making skills. Kids have always experimented to fit in and impress who they want to be with. They are not thinking of the future or addiction.
2. I believe there is an A to C progression to problems. We start out with a lie we tell ourselves, No one will know or I’ll only do it this once. Followed by, we get comfortable with what we are doing and believe nothing bad is going to happen; until, it does happen. There is a choice get wise or continue as before and suffer consequences, which progresses to a confidence of I don’t care what you think— because I will deal with whatever happens. That’s what I do.
When we get in a position where we become defensive about what we are doing, Get off my back———-. We are now a difficult, hurtful person in someone’s life. You cannot change them; their behavior alienates.
Decision Making Profile, information then 3 application of knowledge activities where they go thru each progression and deal with consequences that affect them and everyone around them.
I like to begin each class with what I call Q/A. I use it for: