Topic: Behavior Management/Social Skills
Instructor: Jodi Slonaker
Method: Online (OWRK)
Sponsor: Teach n' Kids Learn, Inc.
Center Offered: OLPD

Course Description:

Developing Responsible Decision-Making Skills

Each day, we make thousands of choices, some of them unconscious, others we are keenly aware of. Many of our choices lead to positive outcomes and, of course, some do not! As teachers, we make many professional decisions on a daily basis: decisions about what and how to teach, what to say or not to say to students and colleagues, how to manage our classrooms, and more. We also are aware of student choices and how those affect us and the other students in the classroom. Responsible decision making on the part of students helps keep the classroom running smoothly and helps with classroom management.

 Responsible decision making is one of five core competencies identified by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). Social Emotional Learning, or SEL, can be defined as the ability to understand, monitor and regulate emotions. Teaching social emotional learning, then, is helping students to attain the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors that people need to make successful choices. When students have developed social emotional skills, they are better able to manage their emotions, seek help when needed, develop positive relationships, and problem solve in difficult situations. Responsible decision making is a key competency and aspect of SEL.

 Responsible decision making is a life skill that all students will need for the rest of their lives. In order to make decisions, people need to take into account a variety of factors, including their own values and concerns, the various choices that are available to them, and the consequences of what those decisions might be. Decisions students make, from the most simple, routine decisions made on a daily basis, to the decisions that may impact them for the rest of their lives, involve a process that is unconscious to many students. By making this skill explicit to students, and by helping them to practice these skills in the classroom, we will help them to be more successful in school and in the future in general.

Additional Notes:

You can register and begin the course at any time and have until the end of Ashland University’s academic year to complete it. Within 24-48 hours of your registration you will receive an email from your course content provider that contains your course access information. Plan to spend a minimum of two weeks in the course.  Once you complete your course, your grade will be submitted to Ashland University for processing. This course is web-based so you can access it from any computer with internet access. It is also self-paced, so you can work entirely at your own pace, when it is convenient for you. There are no specific times you must be online and no individual deadline dates for assignments. They can be submitted any time, so long as everything has been submitted by the end of the academic term.

Within 24 hours of your registration you should be able to establish a login for your student account at Ashland University, WebAdvisor. You can use WebAdvisor to view your registrations, see when your grade is posted, and print detailed receipts and grade reports. Please click here for instructions on obtaining a username and password. The instructions also include a link to our Records and Registration's webpage where transcript ordering instructions can be found. It is advised that you review your record before ordering transcripts. 

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Cost: $400
Timespan of Course:
September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020
Contact E-mail:

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Course Number: EDU*6130*X16
Academic Term: 20/GW
Academic Level: GW
Semester Hours: 2.00
Subject: EDU