Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Expecting Outcomes Before Skills are Built

Jim is always reminding us that there are many things that need to be learned but often aren't taught.  We expect our students to be able accomplish tasks like advocating for themselves by talking to teachers and professors, we want them to be wise with their money, we want them to be able to manage their time, etc.  Let's face it!  Many people were never taught the skills and behaviors involved to be able to accomplish these outcomes.  We quickly realized that we can never just assume all students learned to actually accomplish these tasks and we find ourselves, more and more, immediately assessing skills before expecting positive results.

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