A single page that students use to apply the concepts of the Decision Chain. It includes visual representations of Decision Quality concepts.
Straightforward and powerful. The Decision Workspace lays out the Decision Chain with guiding questions and a simple rating in a way that students find immediately accessible.
It makes the theoretical concepts tangible and applicable to a relevant decision, whether it is something a student is currently working through or a decision case that is part of classroom curriculum. The Decision Workspace is structured directly into DEF programs like Steps to Success (9thGrade College and Career Readiness) and Healthy Lifestyle Choices (CC&R +Health). Teachers have adapted it directly into their own lesson plans.
While the Conversations for Clarity tool has more process built in and more videos supporting its use, Decision Workspace can feel like it is less work to a student--it’s not as intimidating. That may be because Conversations for Clarity was designed for adults to use with students, whereas the Decision Workspace was suggested by a counselor to use cooperatively with the students coming to see him.
In the video below, Sara Eads, a Grad Coach at Junction City High School in Oregon, explains how she uses it with her students in this interview with DEF Executive Director, Chris Spetzler.