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Classroom Behavior Management - Cool Down 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

To make this you will need…

Reusable ice cubes

Permanent marker

Clear plastic jar

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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I am a Teacher Librarian from the UK working in Japan. I create all the artwork and videos for the teaching materials within this website and Teachers Pay Teachers. New products and special offers will be announced here first. Everything I post is about products or services that I have tried in my own classes.