Helping Students Pause and Reflect on Behavior

Source: From Managing Today’s Classrooms [DVD], (1997), Alexandria, VA: ASCD.

Once problematic behavior has been stopped, teachers in this video clip give kids an opportunity to pause and collect their thoughts before discussing intervention options. Kids in a heightened emotional state need a chance to step back and get perspective on a situation before addressing their behavior.

Students also respond positively to framing alternative behaviors as options that other kids have tried and then choosing the response that works best for them. By emphasizing choice and critical inquiry around misbehavior, students are more likely to internalize positive options and exercise self-regulation in future, similar situations.