Making Everyday Choices: Helping Students in Grades 2-5 Practice the Art of Thinking

Making Everyday Choices: Helping Students in Grades 2-5 Practice the Art of Thinking

by Lin Josephson


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This book will serve as a “Think Button” for any educator who has ever heard a student say, “I can’t think” or “I can’t decide!” Fifty prompts or thinking conduits are the catalysts that will give students a chance to practice thinking. The prompts (many with option answers) are formatted as brief stories, exercises, poems, and activities and are designed so kids can use the same thinking skill sets that are essential in making everyday decisions.

Whether the prompts pose silly questions, “Would you rather bathe a gorilla or take an elephant for a walk?” or practical ones, “What’s the best way to express your opinion?” they are all crafted to spur children to think hard and sensibly so they can make levelheaded decisions and defend their thinking in a stress-free think forum environment.

The intention is for students to take the essence of something they’ve learned from a prompt and adapt it, stretch it, and use it to help solve a problem or make a tough decision. Every prompt comes with guidance, explanations, and suggestions so educators can clarify why certain options or decisions are better than others, and respond to thinking choices and decisions students may have made.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781475840803
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 06/18/2018
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.97(w) x 8.97(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

Lin Josephson is a former business journalist and first grade teacher. She is a Philosophy for Children Practitioner, endorsed by The Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children (Montclair State University) and a 2013-2014 recipient of a PLATO (Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization) Award for excellence in philosophy teaching by a non-classroom teacher. She is the author of several language arts and science workbooks and has written freelance articles for such publications as Barron’s and The Chicago Tribune.

Table of Contents

Preface: Why?
Acknowledgments: Thank you
Introduction: How

Chapter 1: Do’s & Don’ts

Chapter 2: One Step Ahead
Buy Now . . . Uh Oh . . .
No Time?
The Dreaded Homework
Tipping the Scales

Chapter 3: Action Figures
“No Thanks”
Which Way?
Rain, Rain, Rain
Sick to Your Stomach
Adults Make Decisions, too

Chapter 4: Opinion Lab
Back It Up . . .
The Majority Rules
Open Minds
Should I or Shouldn’t I?
Honest Opinion?

Chapter 5: Streamlining
Write About “Anything”
Too Many Library Books!
Recipe for Friendship
Mixed Up
Zeroing In
Pick a Number, Any Number!

Chapter 6: Side By Side
Meet the Inventors
Gorilla or Elephant?
Juggling Act
Six Words
Me, Me, & Me
What’s In a Name?
Take Me to Your Leader
Who Says I’m Bossy?
Companion Sidebar on Brainstorming

Chapter 7: Don’t Jump!
Is Seeing Believing?
Fair or Unfair?
How Does Your Garden Grow?
Race in the Park
What’s Inside?

Chapter 8: Huh? What Did You Say?
Better Safe Than Sorry
The Early Bird Gets the Worm
Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew
Don’t Count Your Chickens Before They Hatch
Haste Makes Waste
Two Heads Are Better Than one

Chapter 9: How Did This Happen?
Oh, That Little Voice
Walking the Dog
Who Did It?
We Can
You Never Know
Imagine If
Cause and No Effect

Chapter 10: Words of Wisdom: From the Experts

Chapter 11: Food for Thought: A Menu for Educators
Leave It Alone
Outside the Cocoon
In My Opinion
What Do I Really Think?
Getting Full
Wrong Foot Forward
Cut It Down
Who Me?
Before It Spirals . . .

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