Many bright and capable students don't succeed like they should because of deficits in their executive skills, such as impulse control. By the time these students are in high school, these skills can be so insufficient to meet school demands that it can take many months or years to help them get where they need to be. Starting early is key to helping these students succeed and that is why I have started this series on executive functions.
This interactive lesson on strengthening impulse control takes it down to an elementary level in ways that are useful and accessible to them. This lesson explains with engaging visuals just what impulses are and how to use STOP and THINK strategies to gain better self-control.
Each lesson in this executive function series includes a mini intro PowerPoint to explain executive functions. It is the same intro for each lesson, so if you have purchased another lesson from this series it won't be necessary to start with it.
Overview of Self-Control PowerPoint :
• Begins by explaining what impulses are and why it's important to learn to control them.
• The students are then given an option to either play one impulse control game now, or wait until the end of the lesson and play TWO games. This will help reinforce the rewards that come from using self-control.
• Students identify areas where they might have problems with self-control so they can prep themselves.
• Students learn the STOP and THINK strategy and practice counting to five, breathing deeply, and asking themselves questions like, "How will this affect others?" "Will I regret this?"
• Students then review what they've learned by helping students in different scenarios learn impulse control. They get to choose whether a student stops and thinks or acts on impulse.
• Ends with two games that reinforce impulse control. In the first game, a color word comes on the screen and the students must say the color of the letters in the word, rather than name of the color that the word spells. The second game is Simon Says, which also helps students learn to pause before acting.
• Bonus Task Cards! Includes 18 task cards to help reinforce impulse control over the long term. One idea is to read one card daily and have the students practice by stopping (counting to five, etc) and thinking about what would happen if they acted in impulse in each situation.
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