8 MEH.2.2 The Decision Making Model

Scenario One

You are an eighth grade student. Since the seventh grade you have been on the Junior Varsity Cheerleading Squad. You recently tried out for the Varsity team next year. You were notified that you made the team. The cheerleading sponsor informs you that you can no longer be in band if you are cheering on Varsity football nights, since the band marches during half time at the football games. You have been in band since fifth grade and have really enjoyed being in the band and going on band trips. Next year the band is going to Disney World. What do you do?

  • Step One: State the situation- Situation is above.
  • Step Two: List the options- Band or Cheerleading?
  • Step Three: Weigh the possible outcomes-If you do cheerleading, you will miss out on the Disney trip but if you do band, you will miss out on a great opportunity.
  • Step Four: Consider Values- You might get rid of something you have been working hard in and loving to go to something you just made and might not like.
  • Step Five: Make a decision and act it- I would do Cheerleading because you can always go to Disney another time and join a different band that can work around your schedule.
  • Step Six: Evaluate the decision- I think it is a good decision because there will be plenty of other bands to join and other choices just waiting for you.

Scenario Two

A not so popular student has invited you to a sleep over at a birthday party on Friday night. You have accepted the invitation and are planning to attend. On Wednesday, you are invited to a boy-girl party for the same Friday night by one of the most popular students in your school, someone you have hoped to become friends with. After talking with your friends, you realize most of them will attend the boy-girl party. Your parents have told you it is your decision, but that you should attend the party you responded to first. You really want to be a part of the popular crowd. What do you do?

Step One: State the situation- Situation is above.

Step Two: List the options- Popular or not popular?

Step Three: Weigh the possible outcomes- If you go to the sleepover, you wont be apart of the popular crowd but if you go to the boy-girl party, you could be a part of the popular crowd but be letting a friend down.

Step Four: Consider Values- If you go to the boy-girl party, the friend that you invited you to the sleepover will be hurt & disappointed of you for letting them down. If you go to the sleepover, your self esteem may lower because you aren't popular.

Step Five: Make a decision and act it- I would go to the boy-girl party to be apart of the popular crowd and if that friend was true, she would understand why you would want to be popular.

Step Six: Evaluate the decision- I think this is a so-so decision because you might hurt your friend if they don't understand but you can be popular so i think this is more of a good decision than bad.

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