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RESPONSIBILITY/Accountability

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!

Accountability is a noun that describes accepting responsibility, and it can be personal or very public. A government has accountability for decisions and laws affecting its citizens; an individual has accountability for acts and behaviors. Sometimes, though, taking accountability means admitting you made a mistake. Punishment may result, but accountability shows ownership and a willingness to admit mistakes.

If you take responsibility for your own actions, you show accountability. Stepping up and admitting it when you break something shows accountability.

 

 

 

I WILL:

1.    Know what’s expected.

2.    Keep my commitments.

3.    Do my best.

4.    Not make excuses.

5.    Correct my mistakes.

DISCUSSION STARTERS:

·       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

 

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