Responsibility is “taking ownership of my thoughts, words, and actions.” This trait is essential for becoming a healthy, happy, and productive person…and it is the basis for a free and civil society where each person does what he or she is expected to do.
Responsibility begins with “little things” like taking care of your belongings, working with a good attitude, resolving conflicts peacefully, and owning up to mistakes. Taking responsibility in these “little things” prepares students for greater opportunities in the future!
- Know what’s expected.
- Keep my commitments.
- Do my best.
- Not make excuses.
- Correct my mistakes.
- It’s easy to take responsibility or ownership when things go well. Why is it hard to take responsibility when things don’t go well?
- What is the opposite of responsibility? (unreliability, blaming others, making excuses)
- Who do you trust more—someone who owns up to mistakes or someone who covers them up? Why?
- How do you think responsibility can help you in school? At home?
(Permission granted to reproduce this lesson for educational use. Credit: CharacterFirstEd.com)