TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR BEHAVIOR 6.20
Goal: To improve conflict management skills
Objective(s): The student will demonstrate the ability to appropriately take responsibility for behavior.
1. Review behavior with self or another person.
2. Decide what their part in the behavior is.
3. Accept your part using "self-talk".
4. Decide if you should follow-up. (apology, restitution, alternative behavior).
Definition: Taking responsibility for behavior means you will admit when you've done or caused something without denying, arguing, or blaming others. You will also try to right a wrong.
Rationale: Ownership of or responsibility for behavior is the first step toward personal power. Only by owning what we do, do we have the possibility to make changes in our own lives. When we blame others for our behavior we have no power to change a situation.
• Use this skill when you realize you have done something wrong or when an authority figure confronts you on something you've done.
• Discuss possible outcomes of taking responsibility for behavior and consequences of not taking responsibility.
• Discuss why taking responsibility for behavior is good and shows maturity.
• Discuss situations where students have and have not taken responsibility for behavior.
Model/Role-play with Feedback
• Each student lists a specified number of things he/she is responsible for on a daily basis.
• Students make "Job Chart" for classroom responsibilities.
• Initiate honesty training.
Role play situations:
• You forget homework.
• You are told to clean the kitchen but watch TV instead.
• You get caught taking money from your mother's purse.
• You are told to wash family car.
• You need money for field trip.
• You want to earn increased privileges at home or school.
• Your teacher leaves the room during work time and catches you sleeping when she returns.
• You knock over a glass of milk in the living room.
• You are going on an errand for parent and meet a friend along the way.
• You hit another student by accident in P.E. get called on it.
• You get caught talking to a friend during math.
Application with Feedback
• Teacher sets up situation that makes each student responsible for a specific job.