Teacher's e-course on the S@TM: Decision making on the function of the story

 

E-lesson 5: Necessary Decisions: How to bring the story in the classroom?


Aim of e-lesson 5 is to help you choose how you will bring the story in the classroom, using a decision making tool like grid analysis or advantages & disadvantages list (or SWOT analysis).

Time required: 20΄


  1. Write down the advantages & disadvantages (or SWOT analysis which takes into consideration Strength, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats of each option). Advantages & disadvantages are subjective, thus focus on yourself as a teacher while writing down this list (e.g. requires less time for preparation or I really like doing this etc.) (Time required: 15΄). At this point you need to define criteria which are relevant for your decision making. Relevant criteria may be: time required in preparation, time required in classroom, technical requirements, classroom management, interaction with the students etc.
  2. Look back and locate the option with the most advantages and the option with the most disadvantages. Is there an option with which feels better to you? Exclude the option/options which make you feel uncomfortable. (Time required: 5΄).
  3. Decide how you will bring the story in the classroom (e.g. tell the story to your students, read the story to your students, present the story in the form of a video etc.).
     

Alternatively:

    Time required: 30΄


  • Write first your options as rows on a table and the factors you need to consider as columns [PDF-Form] (Time required: 15΄). Example:

  • Score each factor for its importance e.g. 0 for low importance to 5 for very important.
  • Score each option/factor combination e.g. 0 for poor to 10 for excellent. (time required: 15΄)

Note: Don’t forget that you must use subjective scoring. Score factors’ importance and option/factor combinations according to what YOU think and feel.

  • Multiply this score with the factor’s score for importance and write it at the appropriate cell.
  • Add up the weighted scores (scores multiplied with the factors’ score for importance) to give an overall score for each option. The option with the highest score is what seems more important to you.
  • Choose if you are going to use the story either as a motivational introduction or as the main structure of the entire lesson.

(See more about the decision making grid at: http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newTED_03.htm#sthash.t0gS2NF8.dpuf)

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