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HSFPP Stories of Impact

Exploring Creative Decision Options

HSFPP Stories of Impact

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by Tammy Darling, Family and Consumer Science Instructor, Kennewick, Wash.

Last semester, as I was discussing SMART goals and the DECIDE action steps in lesson 1-2 with my high school independent living class, we talked about a dilemma from the booklet where Michael needs new tires for his car.

As we were discussing viable options for getting new tires, one student pointed out that waiting to save up money to buy tires could be dangerous if the tires are severely worn. Then he really started to think out the situation verbally and weigh out the options of borrowing money, or even better, going to a wrecking yard and getting inexpensive but safe tires to hold him over until he could get new ones.

This student's insight then started the idea that creative decision options could really pay off. We were then able to look at the pros and cons of this decision. This student was really able to appreciate this process and run with it, letting his ideas flow. He caught the vision that making wise and sometimes creative goals can be an effective way to solve problems.