Classroom Behavior Technique: Stop-Think

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Andy recognizes the predetermined metaphorical cue, smooth sailing, and takes note of the visual cues on his wristband. He becomes aware of his behavior and makes the decision to transform his anger into calm. He returns to his work, and the teacher continues with the lesson.

Johnson (1992), when referring to “stop-think” training, a Cognitive Behavioral Training technique used to control impulsivity, states “ Children are taught techniques to stop themselves before acting, to ask: What’s going on here? What am I being asked to do? What’s the Problem? Then they reflect on various courses of action.”

From Professional Learning Board’s online continuing education course for teachers: RTI – Using Metaphors to Change Behavior

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