Most of us make a lot of our decisions with very little thought. However, children need to develop these skills to help them make big decisions. Help your students by introducing them to the 7 step decision making process.
Instructions: Start a dialogue with your students. Tell them that our everyday lives are made up of decisions. We make decisions about what to wear, what to eat, what we are going to do on the weekends. Ask your students to name some of the decisions they make every day.
Most of the decsions we make every day are easy ones. Feel like where a short sleeve shirt? Then you pick out a short sleeve shirt from your closet and put it on. Do you feel like playing video games? Then you turn on your game console and play your games.
Some decisions are harder because they are "bigger".... like should I play baseball this summer or should I tell my friend that I am mad at her. When we have to make "bigger" decisions, it can be helpful to break the decision-making process into small steps.
Next break down the Decision Making Process. These are outlined in the handouts along with example situtations to help them practice the decision making process.