The Decision-Making Model

1. State the Situation

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 that 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?

Marie is in the eighth grade at East Middle School. She earns above average grades in all of her school courses except science. Her favorite after-school activity is playing basketball. She would like to play basketball in high school next year. However, the high school says that athletes must pass all their classes in orders to participate in a sport. This summer Marie can participate in a special summer science school that will help her in science. She also has been given the chance to go to basketball camp. The basketball camp takes place the exact same time as the science school. Marie has two weeks before she either has to sign up for basketball camp or summer science school. What should she do?

2. List the Options

You could either decide to go to the not-so-popular student's sleep over or the the more popular student's boy-girl party.

Marie could choose to go to the summer science school or the basketball camp.

3. Weigh the Possible Outcomes

If you decide to go to the not-so-popular student's sleep over, you could make them really happy and gain a good friend, but you wouldn't be able to hang out with the popular students. If you decide to go to the popular student's party you could get in well with the more popular crowd, but you would probably be leaving the not-so-popular student all alone.

If Marie decides to go to the basketball camp then she could have fun and enjoy her summer vacation, but wont be able to play basketball in high school. If she decides to go the the summer science school then she'll be able to improve her grades and play basketball in high school.

4. Consider Values

I would feel like I need to support and be kind to the not-so-popular student because they wouldn't have many people go to their sleep over if everyone's going to the popular student's party. I would be wrong to not go.

I feel that grades would be more important that playing basketball. You could do that at anytime, while you only get one chance to improve your grades.

5. Make a Decision and Act On It

I would choose to go to the not-so-popular student's sleep over because I would be making someone extremely happy and that, in turn, would make me happy as well.

I would choose to go to the summer science school so I could improve my grades AND get to play basketball in high school. Therefore it is a win-win situation.

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