Skill: Predict Consequences
Goal: Improve decision-making and problem-solving skills
Objective(s): Given a situation, student will be able to list possible outcomes of various behaviors.
1. Stop and think.
2. Ask yourself, "What will happen if I...?"
3. Ask yourself, "Is that what I want?"
4. If "yes", do it!
5. If "no", go back to step #2.
"We have talked about consequences and learned steps to help us predict consequences. How does predicting consequences help us?" (elicit student responses)
"Remember that problem situations have more than one solution. For instance, if I forget my homework I can tell the teacher, I can say nothing, or I can lie about it. You can see that the outcome might be different, depending on my choice." Teacher charts on board:
"What are some consequences you can think for each
Teacher adds to chart, below solutions.
"I'm going to put you in groups, and give each group a situation. You chart your possible solutions and the likely consequences for each. In about 10 minutes, we'll share what the small groups have done." Teacher facilitates group work and student presentations to class.
Each of you may well have different consequences at home. Tomorrow we're going to discuss how our consequences at home - like for breaking curfew or skipping school - may vary.
Social Skills Curriculum Guide, 1992
Special School District of St. Louis County