Background

In the coming sections, you will find a background, teaching concepts, example lessons for each grade level, and assessment overviews. To help give you a better understanding of the LifeGoals curriculum, it is highly suggested that you begin with the background and read through the sections in the order they are presented.

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Curriculum Overview

LifeGoals is a curriculum that develops each component of the choice process, continually reinforcing the need to step back and analyze the options available before making a decision. Concepts are introduced as the students become capable of comprehending and integrating them. At each grade level, the concepts of choice are reinforced and practiced repeatedly.

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Teaching Approach

The LifeGoals Critical Thinking Skills curriculum is intended to emphasize flexibility. The lessons that are selected, the order of lessons taught, and the teaching methods to be utilized are decisions to be made by the teacher, given his or her individual classroom situation. The common thread tying the lessons together is the underlying decision-making theory, which can be (and should be) explained in a myriad of ways.

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Assessments

The LifeGoals curriculum for the first two years of elementary school is directed towards (1) understanding the concept of choice, (2) gaining the ability to label choice options and (3) determining which are the important consequences relative to each choice option.

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Summary

As mentioned in the Foreword, our mission has been to develop a curriculum to teach children good decision-making skills. I hope the contents of this document provided an adequate view of the nature of the lessons and corresponding teaching theory and materials that comprise the LifeGoals Critical Thinking Skills curriculum.

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Appendix

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