Friday, February 18, 2011

Is what you are doing getting you what you want? 11 Questions (Far Side Comic Included)

1.Do you listen to your students?

2.Do you let them question decisions that you made without getting angry?

3.Were those decisions made without their input?

4.Were they made with student input?

5.Do you allow student input?

6.Do they follow you blindly without questioning?

7.Do you use coercion (threats or rewards)to get students to do what you want them to do?

8.Do you want your students to be like sheep?

9.Do you want them to stand up and think for themselves and become responsible learners?

10.Which sheep do you want them to become in the Far Side comic.

11.Is it really necessary to ask question 10?


  1. This could be flowcharted to great effect. Some good questions here. I think there's 12, though, as the title is a good zeroeth question.

  2. Okay. I did it. Sorry in advance.

  3. Great post, Brian! Most people can accept most decisions if we have kept them involved in the process of developing that decision. This post underscores the importance of involving stakeholders!

    Thanks for this.

  4. Thank you Cale. Indeed, we need to involve stakeholders or what's the point?... Thank you John for the flowchart. No need to apologize. I love it.