The 5 Habits Framework

1) Evidence (How do I know what's true?)

2) Perspective (Who might think differently?)

3) Connections (What other areas of knowledge are connected?)

4) Supposition (How might it be different if..?)

5) Significance (Is this important?)

Thursday, January 14, 2016

That Moment When You Think You Won Powerball

NJ Workers Celebrate After Thinking They Won the Lottery

Purchased Powerball lottery tickets are shown Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, in Miami.
 (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

1)  What evidence did the employees use to confirm their numbers?  In what ways might this experience strengthen their decision-making abilities for the future?  Weaken?

2)  Why might the manager's reaction be different than that of the dishwasher's or valet's?

3)  In what ways is this connected to the concept of celebrity?  To what degree is this connected to religion?

4)  How might this story be different if it was school employees?  Google employees?  In China?

5)  What are the underlying assumptions about money and work expressed in this article?  How important is money to you?  In what ways might a large lottery jackpot improve your life?  In what ways might it be a detriment?

Extension Activities:

1)  Student's can write a series of apology texts form the perspective of a person mentioned (or not) in the article (i.e. the sender of the wrong numbers, the valet)

2)  Students can calculate the odds of winning the Powerball Jackpot and compare it to other unlikely scenarios (i.e. Shark Attack, Vending machine serious injury, hole-in-one in golf)

AoK:  Math

WoK:  Reason

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