“Thinking and reasoning processes—such as problem solving, decision making, and the like—have been identified as legitimate and even necessary 21st century skills. Although they are not new skills, what is new in the last 20 years is that we've become aware that some cognitive processes are foundational to higher-order thinking. Inference is one of those foundational processes” (Marzano, 2010, p. 80).
Decision Making Grids Product includes 4 pages:
• Teacher Directions for using the Decision Making Grids
• 3 Reproducible Student Decision Making Grids
Allowing students to engage in a decision-making process that is modeled and practiced, moving from a whole group activity to a small group activity (simple decisions to more challenging decisions), increases their capacity to critically think. This activity fits well in most social studies units or literacy studies. Students are provided decision-making grids to practice with a simple situation and then a grid that can be used with any content.