Our lives run on decisions we make about everything that we come across. From deciding what time to wake up in the morning, to getting yourself to set a goal in life, you decide how things are going to be. Therefore, it is clear enough to notice that "decision making" is a vital process in life.
You have in fact taken an excellent decision into consideration when you chose to be a teacher. Wouldn't it be great if you could help your students make good decisions in their lives? For the fact that you are aware of how essential it is that the children know exactly what is good for them and what isn't, makes this task even more significant.
Here are some ways to help students learn on how to make good decisions...
1) Be the idol:
Your students will follow what you tell them if you are in complete control of your life. Be the model who can weigh things out to aid yourself. Learn how to make up your mind such that they benefit from it. While you do this, you will gain the essential knowledge which you can share with your students, while you teach them how to make good decisions.
2) Encourage them to imagine:
This is an unconventional way of letting them know if they are right or not. Ask your students to imagine the outcome if they decide to do something. Further, ask them to imagine the outcome of things if they hadn't decided to do so. Finally, ask them to imagine what exactly they want out of this decision.
3) Help them finish the puzzle:
Now that they have played their mental movie about the different outcomes of following and not following their choice of thoughts, it is time to help them evaluate what is good and what isn't. Form their own virtual experiences (their imaginations), ask them to evaluate what made them feel better and successful. This is a highly effective form of helping students to make proper decisions and to even take the responsibility of the outcome.
4) Encourage them to discuss:
Ask them to share what they feel is right and wrong. Encourage them to write flow-charts with each event resulting into the probable outcome. It is also important to let them know that in case a change is required in the plan, they must be ready to adapt.
5) Urge them to explore:
There are many books on how to make the right decisions. Suggest some, while you apply some key factors for your own development. Alternatively, there are decision making games, puzzles, e-books, audio books, videos etc. Nurture their ability to decide by encouraging them to explore.
6) Share the secret:
Every successful person knows the secret of success is being positive. Share this fact with your students, give them tips on how to remain optimistic. Not only will your students succeed, but you will achieve things alongside.
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