Cycle of Commitment

Getting kids (and employees) to take responsibility for their work and learning

Cycle of Commitment describes the process more clearly

  1. customer identifies need
  2. customer requests
  3. performer responds
  4. commitment – both customer and performer agree
  5. performer acts
  6. performer checks for customer satisfaction / customer declares satisfaction (or not)

This isn’t new. However when we get kids to become self-directed learners, it is useful to have a simple specific framework. This is written from a business perspective with customers and performers.

In an organization where individual employees are encouraged to be more autonomous and take responsibility for directing their own work and interaction with others, some formalization and tracking is helpful.

“Teacher” and “student” could easily be substituted. There are situations when the student is the customer as well as where the student is the performer. The student/performer commits to doing the homework on time. The teacher/performer commits to reviewing and grading the assignment.

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