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Classroom Behavior Management - Cool Down Cubes

Classroom Behavior Management Cubes
I saw this wonderful idea in Pinterest. It caught my attention as a nice straightforward, stand alone solution to behavior management.
This is how I envisage myself implementing this in class

• I create a tub of cool down cubes as seen in the picture.
• When I see a child with known behavioral issues becoming stressed or agitated, I place this on their desk.
• The student then takes a cube and carries out the recommended action.
• Hopefully over time the student becomes familiar with all the suggestions on the cubes, and is able to calm themselves down without it.
Positives that I can see of this system include

• I can give the student the cubes without disrupting the overall flow of my lesson.
• The student independently can choose a solution to their problem.
• Over time the student learns the self-control techniques and would no longer require the cubes.
• It is non-confrontational.
• I can ask other teachers for ideas to write on the cubes.
Suggested Student Strategies to write on the cubes
• Positive self talk
• Go for a walk
• Stop & Think
• Ask for help
• Count to ten
• Write it down
• Walk away
• Go outside
• Tell Teacher
• Take a timeout
• Deep breathe
• Journal
• Play sport
• Squeeze stress ball
• Talk it out
• Draw & Color
Your suggestions?
• Click the floating live chat icon and the bottom right of this page to ask questions, provide feedback or recommend cube text

To make this you will need…

Reusable ice cubes

DINY Reusable Ice Cubes BPA Free 18-36 - 54 Count (18)
by DINY Home & Style
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 111 reviewers in
Kikkerland Square Reusable Ice Cubes, Made of Plastic (Set of 30) | Filled With Pure Water
by Kikkerland
Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 158 reviewers in
Reusable Ice Cubes For Drinks - Made From BPA Free Plastic - Refreezable, Washable, Quick And Easy To Use - Pack Of 30 With Storage Tube
Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 234 reviewers in

Permanent marker

Sharpie 32162PP Twin Tip Permanent Markers, Fine and Ultra Fine, Black, 2 Count
Rated 4.6 out of 5 by a68 reviewers in
Sharpie 32162PP Twin Tip Permanent Markers, Fine and Ultra Fine, Black, 2 CountaSharpie 1810704 Permanent Markers, Brush Tip, Assorted, 12 Pack
Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 234 reviewers in

Clear plastic jar

48 Oz Plastic Storage Jars with Lids Pack of 3 - Large Clear Empty Tight with Easy Grip Handles - BPA Free
by DilaBee
Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 135 reviewers in
48-Ounce Square Plastic Jars (3-Pack); Clear Rectangular 6-Cup Canisters w/Black Lids, Easy-Grip Side
by Cornucopia Brands
Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 137 reviewers in
Ensure that children can reach into easily, and not break the plastic jar if it falls to the floor.

Reference: This version is from Crafty Counselor Chick, which was based on an idea from Entirely Elementary.

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