‘Better or not’ decision making

My 7th graders just started learning about the cell. I wanted them to do more than just look at the picture of a cell in their book, so I wrestled with the idea of making one as a demonstration- a plastic bag to represent the membrane, water for cytoplasm, and some odd objects tossed in for the organelles. Not the world’s most sophisticated demonstration, but what made me finally decide to do gather the materials and make time for this during the lesson was the thought that my students would better off in their understanding of the cell if I did this demo than if not.  Plain as that.

Another example of ‘better or not’ decision making: I have on my desk right now a piece of a flowering dogwood.  Why?  Because having it there is better than not having it there.

Those are two small, fairly inconsequential examples, and together mean not a whole lot.  But what if we take this idea of intentionally choosing the better, and repeat that process throughout a day over and over so that  all those little “goods” can compound?  Then we might have something noticeable. Then your entire day might feel differently.  Hmm… that sounds almost like it might work.  (Actually it would, and it does; this is what success really looks like- not someone who’s awesomely rich and famous making perfect decisions that no one else can, but rather someone normal, like you and me, making a long series of decent, good choices.  You really are that close.)