Strategy 3: Provide a Roadmap
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Imagine that you are in the lobby of a 5-star hotel located on the Gulf Coast of Florida. The expansive resort has more than 1,350 rooms, multiple conference centers, six pools, four restaurants, and of course a sprawling beach. Your challenge is to blindfold whomever you are with-husband, wife, son, daughter, friend, or colleague-and with the help of a map and the hotel’s signage, use only words to lead your partner to your room from the lobby and then from the room to the beach. This task may be tricky, and at times you may need to redo some steps, but most partners will end up on the beach. So, how is this scenario analogous to education? In the scenario, the leader (teacher) must guide his or her partner (student) to the desired outcome (the beach). But even if the person was able to traverse the hotel to get to the desired outcome, is it repeatable? Does the person know the value of what he or she just did, or why he or she was able to do certain things at certain times? In the increasingly high-stakes world of education, we become so focused on getting students from Point A to Point B that ensuring that students understand the purpose and process to a desired outcome becomes a secondary or tertiary objective. This is not the case in a learner-centered classroom.