A false choice is when we ask a student:
“What would you like?” and then ignore their preference.
“Would you like to start on Unit 2?”, knowing we are going to start Unit 2, nonetheless.
“What feedback do you have for me as a teacher?” and then promptly defend our actions.
A false choice conditions students to believe there are no real choices. Students learn not to trust that they have a say. They learn a question mark is just another type of
. exclamation point
So, when we actually provide a real choice, they will give a blank stare. They will shrug, waiting for the inevitable instruction.
have no choice. Q Students learn they instructions in disguise. uestions, they realize, are just
So, we come to believe that they are incapable of making decisions. That we must tell students what to do. So, we tell them more, and ask them less.
is developed one interaction at a time.