Making Responsible Decisions

Making Responsible Decisions

Responsible decision making is defined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) as “the ability to make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on ethical standards, safety concerns, and social norms.” Essentially, all aspects of a potential decision and its consequences must be considered before a choice is made. To make the most appropriate behavioral choices, students need to learn how to evaluate the situation, analyze their options, and consider the potential consequences of each of those options for themselves and others.

What Skills are Associated with Responsible Decision Making?
In order for students to effectively make responsible decisions, they must develop competency with the following abilities:

  • Identify the problem
  • Analyze the situation
  • Solve the problem
  • Consider ethical responsibility
  • Evaluate and reflect

"When possible, make the decisions now, even if action is in the future. A reviewed decision usually is better than one reached at the last moment."
–William B. Given, Jr.

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School-Wide Making Responsible Decisions Activity Ideas

Random Acts of Kindness for Kindness Week: January 13th-19th

Ideas for everyone with adaptations for use in the classroom.

Important Dates This Month

January is National Mentoring Month:

  • January 4, 2019: I Am a Mentor Day
  • January 17, 2019: International Mentoring Day
  • January 21, 2019: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
  • January 31, 2019: #ThankYourMentor Day –

January 1st- New Years Day
January 11th- Human Trafficking Awareness Day
January 13th- 19th- Kindness Week in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 21st- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 25th- National FUN at WORK Day!
January 25th- Wear NEON

Parent Connection

As parents, we know about consequences to choices. Forget to set the alarm? You're late for work. Need to visit grandma? How will the family get there? Car, train, or plane? Adults make decisions every day, but learning to make decisions and solve problems is something kids need to learn over time, and you can help! The next time your child breaks a friends' toy, or leaves a mess at the neighbor's, have them write an apology letter before borrowing or visiting again. Making amends can teach younger kids about consequences to choices. For teens, get them involved in planning. Is the family car in the shop? Ask them to help you figure out how to get everyone to school, practice, and work. And don't always stick with the first solution. Realizing there are multiple ways to solve the same problem will help your teen further develop decision-making skills.

From: https://www.nbclearn.com/parent-toolkit/supporting-social-and-emotional-development/cuecard/104333

Coming Attractions:

Next month's theme is: Diversity & Tolerance
Newsletter will be published on January 15th
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