Purpose: What kind of thinking
does this routine encourage?
This routine is about identifying and evaluating specific actions
that might make a situation fair. This routine involves students
in generating and evaluating options. Initially the focus should
be on an open generation of ideas without evaluation. Later, students
evaluate their ideas and justify them. This routine helps students
see that fairness and unfairness are not merely judgments that one
makes but that these situations also invite direct actions by finding
ways to repair, prevent, or preclude unfairness.
Application: When and Where can
it be used?
This routine can be used to with issues of fairness that naturally
arise in the classroom, around issues of fairness that have been
studied, or as a way of closing a discussion of fairness that you
may have had using one of the other routines.
Launch: What are some tips for starting
and using this routine?
Present and clarify the dilemma to the class. Everyone should agree
that the situation was not fair, at least from some perspectives.
To facilitate openness in the brainstorming ortion, you might want
to have students think in terms of “I wonder might happen
if…” As students talk, record their ideas on the board
or chart paper. You may want to label the aper “I wonder might
happen if …” to further encourage students to think
about ossibilities. When you begin to sort students’ ideas,
if there is a category where are not many ideas, have students generate
additional ideas for that category.