8MEH.2.2 The Decision Making model

Step 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 party you responded to first. You really want to be a part of the popular crowd. What do you do?

                                                             Step 2: List the Options

Option 1: Go to the not so popular girl's party

Option 2: Go to the popular boy-girl party

Option 3: Stay Home

                                                          Step 3: Weigh the Possible outcomes

You can go to the not so popular girl's party and become friends with her. Or you can go to the popular boy-girl party and become popular and become friends with everyone you wanted to be friends with.

                                                         Step 4: Consider Values

If I go to the not so popular girl's party I would be being nice and I would be friends with a small group of people. But if I go to the popular boy-girl party I will be friends with the popular people and I will also be popular.

                                                        Step 5: Make a decision and act it

I have decided to go to the popular boy-girl party. The not so popular girl was a little sad but it was worth it.

                                                      Step 6: Evaluate the Decision

I made a lot of friends going to the popular boy-girl's party. And I was able to hang out with my other friends that went to the party.

Second Scenario

                                                         Step 1: Situation

You are an eighth grade student. Since the seventh grade you have been on the Junior Varsity Cheer leading Squad. You recently tried out for the Varsity team next year. You were notified that you made the team, The cheer leading 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 2: Options

Option 1: Be on the Varsity cheerleading squad and cheer at the football team.

Option 2: Be in band and play at the football game.

                                                     Step 3: Possible Outcomes

I can be on the cheerleading squad and play at the football game. Or I can be in band and play at the football game and go on the band trips.

                                                     Step 4: Values

If I be on the cheerleading squad I will have to quit band and I won't be able to go on the fun band trips that I enjoy so much.

                                                    Step 5: Act it

I have decided to stay in band, and quit cheerleading. I think it was a good decision because I enjoy being in band.

                                                   Step 6: Evaluate

Making this decision was a good thing. I went to the game and I played my instrument and I had fun. Next year I'm going to Disney World.

 

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