Extension Activities

Responsible Decision Making | Grades 9-12

Learning Goal 2: Applies and evaluates decision-making skills to engage in a variety of situations.

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Benchmark 1: Regularly demonstrate use of systematic decision-making, by identifying a decision, gathering information, and assessing alternative resolutions.

Take it further — integrate!

Read current events and discuss how a decisions was made and evaluate the quality of the decision against a clearly defined criteria (e.g., did the individual appear to follow a good decision- making strategy?).

Benchmark 2: Identify and ask systematic questions that clarify various points of view and lead to the best solution.

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  • Routinely encourage students to seek additional information, anytime they face a decision.

  • Provide authentic feedback about the process they use to arrive at the best solution, anytime they face a decision.

Benchmark 3: Analyze and evaluate evidence, arguments, claims, and beliefs to inform effective decisions.

Take it further — integrate!

  • Ask students to connect their academic progression with future life goals.

  • Routinely encourage students to seek additional information and evaluate all options, anytime they face a decision.

  • Provide authentic feedback about the process they use to arrive at the best solution, anytime they face a decision.

Benchmark 4: Analyze how their present decision-making affects college and career choices.

Take it further — integrate!

  • Provide planners for students to list their goals and set deadlines for accomplishing those goals and completing projects.

  • Ask students to write essays or respond to journal prompts about their college and career goals. Ask students to analyze how their current decision-making affects their progress toward achieving those goals.