General

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. There are recommended teaching methods that focus on a combination of cooperative learning activities combined with the development of a diagrammatic summary of the decision making process. The cornerstone of the GOOD Decision Model is the development of the choice model and familiarizing students with its meaning.

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Trade Off Method

The LifeGoals Critical Thinking Skills curriculum views the educational process that we must teach our children as the ability to analyze a new situation and select a logical course of action grounded in a long-term perspective. These decision-making skills we hope to give to our children must also be put in a context that builds self-confidence, making him/her comfortable in acting upon the choice made. The GOOD Decision Model has two interrelated structural components that together make it effective delivering decision-making skills to elementary age children. The first is the GOOD Decision Model with its definitions and logical, graphical structure, identifying and connecting future implications to each of their respective choice options. The second component involves developing the students' evaluative skills in analyzing the trade-offs between the higher-level implications of the choice options. This section will focus on the second component, namely, the teaching methods required to get students comfortable with using the GOOD Decision Model to select the most appropriate course of action for them, individually.

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