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Managing Impulsivity

Effective problem solvers have a sense of deliberativeness: They think before they act. They intentionally form a vision of a product, plan of action, goal or a destination before they begin. They strive to clarify and understand directions, develop a strategy for approaching a problem and withhold immediate value judgments about an idea before fully understanding it. Reflective individuals consider alternatives and consequences of several possible directions prior to taking action. They decrease their need for trial and error by gathering information, taking time to reflect on an answer before giving it, making sure they understand directions, and listening to alternative points of view. Often students blurt the first answer that comes to mind. Sometimes they shout out an answer, start to work without fully understanding the directions, lack an organized plan or strategy for approaching a problem or make immediate value judgments about an idea—criticizing or praising it— before fully understanding it. They may take the first suggestion given or operate on the first idea that comes to mind rather than considering alternatives and consequences of several possible directions.

Meets GL Expectations

·         Asks relevant questions appropriately

·         Listens attentively

·         Follows written and oral directions as well as classroom routines

·         Uses a planning strategy and makes adjustments to meet goals

·         Motivated by the results of his or her actions

Approaches GL Expectations

· Usually asks relevant, on-topic questions

· Normally attentive to others when speaking

· Difficulty following written and oral directions as well as classroom routines

· Developing planning strategies and the ability to make adjustments to meet goals.

· Sometimes affected by the results of his or her actions.

Does Not Meet GL Expectations

· Asks off-topic questions

· Inattentive/Interrupts when others are speaking

· Does not follow written and oral directions and/or classroom routines

· Does not plan, strategize, or make adjustments to meet goals

· Unaffected by the results of his or her actions