SEL; Responsible Decision-making

In the first blog post of this series,  I looked at the definition of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and its five components according to CASEL 5.  So far, two components are discussed:

  1. Self-awareness link
  2. Self-management link
  3. Social awareness link
  4. Relationship skills link

This blog post is about the last blog post on the SEL series and it discusses the last basic element: Responsible Decision-making

What is Responsible Decision-making?

According to CASEL5 (reference), responsible decision-making is:

The abilities to make caring and constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions across diverse situations. This includes the capacities to consider ethical standards and safety concerns, and to evaluate the benefits and consequences of various actions for personal, social, and collective well-being.

Which topics do belong to Responsible Decision-making?

  1. Curiosity and open-mindedness
  2. Analyzing situations & consequences




Let’s look at some picture books in each category.

Curiosity and open-mindedness 



Analyzing situations & consequences

Tidy (2017) by Emily Gravett is the story of a badger who likes to tidy things. The badger takes this too far: he gets concretes over the jungle. Then rain converts to a flood and the badger see the consequence of his action.







I write blog posts about the craft of writing picture books regularly. The list of the previous posts is on the PictureBookPedia. Also, I publish a quarterly newsletter that includes links to my recent blog posts.

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