Why Smart People do Stupid Things Practice Scenarios Marie Varner, Brian Campbell, Mario Jacquez EDTEC 670, Fall 2009
Instructions for Use ► This slideshow offers narrated scenarios Watch in “Presentation Mode” for audio to function ► To be used in conjunction with the book Why Smart People Can Be So Stupid ► For each scenario, there will be: Narrated slide with key features of scenario Choice of possible actions Reflection ► Document choices and reflections on accompanying worksheet
Scenario #1: Beth ► Successful College Student ► Majoring in Psychology ► Advisor recommends Applied Research Would help her obtain Career Goals Requires taking difficult Math coursework Student struggles in Math
Scenario #1: Choices ► take the courses in Math to better her chances in her chosen field? OR ► Decline the coursework and focus on her goals without the Research experience?
Scenario #1: Reflection ► What makes your choice the smarter one? ► What are the factors Beth would have to consider to make this choice?
Scenario #2: Education ► Chemistry Major in College Hard-working student, overcomes obstacles Successful as a result – high marks ► Professor recommends Biology Courses To supplement Chemistry courses Rationale: realistic employment opportunity ► Local positions require Biochemistry background
Scenario #2: Choices ► Consider courses in Biology knowing that you don’t have much experience? OR ► Continue studying Physical Chemistry and plan to move to another area?
Scenario #2: Reflection ► What makes your choice the smarter one? ► What are the factors you would have to consider to make this choice?
Scenario #3: John ► John just started a new job with high salary ► Past financial life has been frugal, juggling Minimum payments just to get by ► Driving an old car (100K miles) In dire need of repair/maintenance
Scenario #3: Choices ► Should John buy a new car now that he can afford it? OR ► should he keep his old car and make larger payments on his credit card debt?
Scenario #3: Reflection ► What makes your choice the smarter one? ► What are the factors John would have to consider to make this choice?
Scenario #4: Apartment ► Must move out of apartment within 30 days ► You make $3,000 per month ► Rent + Expenses = $2500 Leaves only 500 for disposable income ► 5% pay raise in the next 60 days ► You find two prospects for new apartment
Scenario #4: Choices Which apartment do you choose: ► Apartment A: more desirable than old one, but costs $100 more per month OR ► Apartment B: comparable to your old apartment that is $50 less than your old apartment
Scenario #4: Reflection ► What makes your choice the smarter one? ► What are the factors you would have to consider to make this choice?
Scenario #5: George ► Just received two free tickets to Major League Baseball game ► Good seats, well-liked team ► Early morning commitment Presentation in Sociology Class Has a low grade currently Needed to pass the course
Scenario #5: Choices ► Should George go to the game and work on his presentation when he gets home and hope for a good grade, OR ► stay home and work on the presentation to get the best possible grade?
Scenario #5: Reflection ► What makes your choice the smarter one? ► What are the factors George would have to consider to make this choice?
Scenario #6: Leaky Roof ► You notice your roof is leaking ► Committed to fixing it next available time ► friend invites you to awesome concert Short notice, must leave with the hour ► You say yes, realizing shortly after there’s a big storm coming tomorrow
Scenario #6: Choices ► Do you go with your friend to the concert? OR ► Do you skip the concert to fix the leaky roof?
Scenario #6: Reflection ► What makes your choice the smarter one? ► What are the factors you would have to consider to make this choice?
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