A great tool for having students reflect on inappropriate behavior is a Think Sheet. You can use it when a student breaks a classroom rule or doesn’t meet expectations for good behavior.
And an even better use is in the context of Restorative Practices when one student does something that causes emotional harm to someone else. In that case, you may also want to have the student write an apology to the student they hurt.
We recommend that you move the student to area away from the larger group, so you may want to use this think sheet in conjunction with our Cool Down Corner.
Recommended Grade Level: Elementary
SEL Skill(s): Emotion Regulation
Duration: 30 minutes
- A copy of the worksheet
- An area of the room away from other students
- Optional: A timer
Think Sheet Instructions
- Print out a copy of the worksheet for the student or provide a laminated copy with an appropriate pen.
- Ask the student to meet you at the Cool Down Corner or an area away from the other students in order to avoid distractions.
- Explain to the student the specifics of the behavior or problem and why they need to complete the worksheet in order to rejoin the other students.
- You may give the student a fixed amount of time to complete the worksheet.
- After the time ends and/or the student completes the worksheet, you should review what the student wrote.
- Depending on the behavior, you may want to have the student apologize.
- Hacking School Discipline by Nathan Maynard and Brad Weinstein
- Lost at School by Ross Greene
- Implementing Restorative Practice in Schools by Margaret Thorsborne