Decision Making

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.”

We need to teach EL students that all components and consequences of a potential decision must be considered before a choice is made.

EL students need to develop skills in recognizing when they have a problem, being able to analyze the problem by looking at it from different point of views, and solving a problem after they have explored options and consequences of each option. They also must be able to reflect on their choice, so they can think about what went well and how they can improve.