Responsible Decision Making

Grade Level: 
PreK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Social issues
Definitions and activities to learn about and engage with the SEL core competency Responsible Decision Making through community and generosity.

SEL Definition of Responsible Decision Making:

According to CASEL
(Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning)

"The ability to make constructive and respectful choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on consideration of ethical standards, safety concerns, social norms, the realistic evaluation of consequences of various actions, and the well-being of self and others"

According to Learning to Give - SEL in the context of teaching generosity:

"The ability to make responsible and respectful choices in advocacy for the community and its needs based on  research, safety, and the well-being of the greater good, for today and the future." 

Activities to Build Responsible Decision Making through Community and Generosity:

What Would You Do? Activity 
  • What Would You Do? Activity: Ask the following questions and allow for open dialoge and discussion as they each answer in turn. 
  1. What would you do if you saw a friend being bullied?
  2. What would you do if an elderly person in the community needed help?
  3. What would you do if you saw trash on the ground?
  4. What would you do if you felt wronged by a teacher?
  5. What would you do if your family needed help with chores?

​Play the video below for conversation starters and ideas related to the What Would You Do? activity: 

What would you do? - SEL Connection

Service Learing Project Idea 

Reduce Plastic Service Project: A Simple Safe Service project from home! Conduct research on the quality of water in your community or home. Tell your friends and community members about the safety of the water and encourage people to stop buying bottled water and carry a reusable water bottle. Share this video in your classroom (Grade 5+) to help young people understand and explore responsible decision making for self and community. 

SEL Connection to Responsible Decision Making

Additional Social Emotional Learning in Community Resources