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.
1. Know what’s expected.
2. Keep my commitments.
3. Do my best.
4. Not make excuses.
5. 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)