14 When you make good choices and decisions, you reap the rewards. When you make poor choices and decisions, you must accept the consequences. Now that you’re in middle school, you’re going to have more freedom and independence than you’ve ever had before. Of course, with greater freedom comes greater responsibility. Remember, youare responsible for your actions and for the choices you make. How to make good decisions You make lots of decisions in middle school, so it’s important that you have good decision-making skills. Whenever you’re faced with a difficult decision, try going through these steps: 1. Figure out what your choices are. 2. Write down the positives and negatives for each choice. 3. Make sure that you have all of the information you need. 4. Think about your choices, and then make your decision. Step – Make Good Decisions and Choices John’s Dilemma Tonight is a big baseball game. All of my friends are going and they want me to go too. But I have a big history test tomorrow that I really need to study for. My grade depends on this test. A. Going to the Game - Positives 1. I’ll have fun being with my friends. 2. I will be supporting my school team. Going to the Game - Negatives 1. I won’t have any time to study. 2. I’ll get a lower grade on tomorrow’s test. 6