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ERIC Number: EJ878505
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1056-0300
Let's Teach Students to Prioritize: Reconsidering "Wants" and "Needs"
Gallagher, Suzanne; Hodges, Shannon
Social Studies and the Young Learner, v22 n3 p14-16 Jan-Feb 2010
Early on, children learn they can not have everything they desire. In this article, the authors discuss how to teach students to prioritize and help them make better choices. The authors suggest teachers to make a list of items that students desire, and then divide those items into two categories--(1) wants; and (2) needs ("needs" being things that are necessary to support life; "wants" being possessions that one could survive without). This division might seem an easy one to make. The process of making the distinction between wants and needs has become a staple of the kindergarten social studies curriculum. The authors suggest it's not quite easy to make this distinction, and they invite readers to consider whether trying to do so actually takes the emphasis away from helping students learn real decision-making skills. The authors conclude that it is the job of educators to provide guidance and opportunities to empower their students become good thinkers. Developing the habit of thoughtful decision making early will be valuable as they continue making choices every day as consumers, producers, savers, borrowers, investors, and voters. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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