A Grid for Comparing Different Options
Each week, Instant Meeting presents an idea or activity that you might use to make staff meetings more interesting, teacher-centered, educational, or fun.
An Option Comparison Grid is a graphic way to look at how well different options meet your agreed-on criteria.
Flip chart paper or, even better, a larger piece of paper (4'x6') that you can tape to a flat wall. You'll need watercolor markers, since permanent markers will bleed through the paper to the wall.
The exercise can be done in 20-40 minutes depending of the size of the group and the complexity of the issue.
"Instant Meeting" Idea
Imagine that your hiring team is looking at three finalists for a teacher in your gifted and talented program. The candidates are great, but each brings a slightly different background and set of skills. How can you compare them effectively and make a clear choice?
First, you must take a close look at the criteria you have established for the position.
When the criteria are agreed on, use a large sheet of paper and construct a grid with the criteria listed down the left side (include a space for extra comments) and the candidates' names listed across the top.
Now you should have a pretty clear visual image of which candidate best meets your criteria.
|Must have Criteria:|
Masters in Education or related field
|Experience in teaching gifted||YES||YES||NO|
|Adds diversity to staff||NO||YES||NO|
|Collaborates well with other teachers||YES||NO||NO|
|Additional Comments:||Received very positive comments from parents||Is fluent in Spanish||Some references mentioned a problem with collaboration|
This idea was submitted by Dee Kelsey and Pam Plumb, authors of Great Meetings, Great Results! Be sure to visit the Great Meetings Web site to learn more about Dee and Pam, their book, workshops, and other products and services.