We all make mistakes; that's how we learn and grow. For some students, a behavior mistake is an easy fix in the moment, with a genuine apology and a plan for what they will do differently in the future. For other students, however, realizing they made a behavior mistake and upset a friend results in a meltdown or shutdown - and reflection, apologies, or plans for growth won't happen in that moment. In these circumstances, it is especially important to give the student a chance to step away from the situation, reflect independently, and implement the plan when he/she is ready. In my classroom, I use 'think pages' for just that.
Within this product, you will find four different variations of a ‘think page:’
1. Feeling options to select from & drawing box rather than lines for writing.
2. Feeling options to select from; writing lines for written reflection.
3. Written response only, but with sentence starters.
4. Written response only; no sentence starters.
You will also find a cover page in case you plan to make compile many copies of your chosen think page into a ‘Think Page Journal.’
Here are some ways you might consider using these pages:
-Make a ‘think station’ for any student to use; provide one or more variations for students to use
-Make a ‘think journal’ for a student needing this reflection time frequently; keep it as a way of tracking data
-Have student(s) use a single ‘think page’ when necessary and sent a copy home as communication for families
-Other ideas? I’d love to hear them!
*It is NECESSARY that you teach the student how to do this before they are in a situation that requires it. Teach it and practice it with pretend scenarios FIRST so that 'think pages' don't become another source of frustration.