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I Decide, You Decide, We Decide

Pearls of Wisdom
By Guillermo Machado
I Decide, You Decide, We Decide

For over 30 years international school leaders, teachers, and counselors have come together for Principals’ Training Center (PTC) professional learning experiences. Each day of every program begins with a “pearl of wisdom,” a “nugget of knowledge,” or a “gem of inspiration” from one of the participants. We are delighted to offer our readers around the world these powerful stories, insights, and strategies, all dedicated to our shared mission of ever more and better learning for our children.  

In this Pearl, Guillermo shares the value of using the “I decide, you decide, we decide” method with his team. He tells of his experience being trained in peer-to-peer assessment. Some aspects of the process were decided by the leadership (I), some were decided by the teacher (you), and some were decided by the team (we). The group found this process effective and recognized the benefits of using it outside of assessment as well. It made the communication process and expectations clear. In “I decide,” teachers were receiving a mandate with very little power. In “we decide,” the conversation was open for discussion and debate. In “you decide,” the responsibility for decisions fell on the teachers. He encourages leaders to ask themselves, “How much of myself is necessary in this process…and how much can I delegate and give away?” 

Professional positions cited were the ones held at the time of recording. The positions and schools of those quoted may have since changed.

Guillermo Machado is the curriculum designer at the Authentic Learning Lab in Mexico.

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