SIM: Teaching Decision-Making Routine (SWD)
Teachers can use this routine to help students engage in higher order reasoning when thinking about an issue that may have more than one option, or way to respond. In this process, students and teacher engage in a range of high-level reasoning skills. Examples of such skills may be referred to as critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, judgment, etc. Teacher and students identify an issue and possible options that could be used to respond to the issue. The process enables students to clearly state an important issue, explore possible options, understand necessary background knowledge about the issue, identify and analyze reasons to support each option, evaluate, judge and rank each option, propose compromises or alternatives, and come to a decision, explaining the reasoning that led to that decision.