How to Give Children Choices – Teacher’s Corner

Teacher’s Corner

Writing Prompts and Discussion Topics on the Subject of Giving Children Choices.

  1. For a very young child, give only two options at a time.
    *  Give an example of the above statement. Describe the age of the child, the situation, and the choices being offered.
    *  In your scenario, do you agree or disagree that it is best to offer only two choices at a time? Why or why not?
  2. All options should be OK with the adult when offering a child choices.
    *  Explain what is meant by the above statement.
    *  What do you think will happen if a child is offered a choice that is unacceptable to the adult? How will the adult react? How will the child react?
  3. What are three (3) important questions to ask yourself when you have to choose among several options? Describe why each of your questions is important and how it will help you make a good decision.
  4. Why are choices good for children?
  5. What is intuition? How is it important in a person’s life?
Read more about children and choices at The Benefits of Art, Choices, and Discipline: Part 1.
Teachers, you can use this blog in classrooms. Here are two ideas about how.
  1. For middle or high school parenting or child development courses:
  • Use the blog for discussion topics
  • Require students to research the topics and agree or disagree with what the blog is suggesting.

2.  For all courses, especially English Language Arts:

  • Use the blog for writing prompts for paragraphs, theme papers, journal entries, class starters, etc. Have students read the blog and respond to:
    • Do you agree with what is being said about kids? Do kids really act, think or feel that way?
    • Do you agree with what is being said about parents, grandparents, teachers and child caregivers? Do or should they act, think or feel that way?
    • What would be your advice on this topic?
    • What was left out of this article?
    • If you were a parent, would you use any of this information? How?
Why can this blog be a useful teaching tool?
  • Students that see connections between their coursework and their lives do better in school.
  • Most students will either be parents one day or have children in their lives that they care about, so the topical information can help them build their knowledge about children and parenting and develop a positive image of the type of parenting they want to do.
  • The new core literacy standards adopted by most states call for frequent writing in all courses.
  • Newly developed end-of-course assessments to be used by many states will require that students demonstrate that they can think critically. These prompts help students practice critical thinking.
  • Newly developed end-of-course assessments to be used by many states will require that students demonstrate that they can analyze what they read. These prompts help students practice analysis.

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