What Children's Choices Reveal

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Six children and a teacher are about to make a dog’s head by folding paper. The teacher asks the children to choose a color. Think about why the children choose the color they do. Some possible reasons include: a) the teacher currently holds that color, b) an admired child previously chose that color, c) they choose their favorite color in general, d) they want to choose a color not previously chosen, e) they want the color most chosen by the others, f) they are thinking about appropriate colors for a dog’s head, g) their choice is completely random. How might you use your answers to the above question? Would you proceed differently when preparing for this experience?

Keywords: Fours, Children-Teacher, Teaching, Communication, Imitation

Length of stand alone video clip: 1 minute 12 seconds