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Modeling Time Out
Old 08-02-2011, 04:33 AM
 
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I think your idea to give them something to help them calm down is getting at the real heart of the time out chair: How do I teach my students to calm down while they are in Time Out?

Instead of adding something to the time out spot, try using a think aloud when you model it. The think aloud should highlight and model the job of the child and how best to calm down and get ready to do their best work in the classroom. Think aloud while in the chair about how you are feeling as you pretend to have been sent there by a "teacher". First you are angry, but then you take some breaths. As you model this, talk about your feelings and how you process them. When you have calmed yourslef, return to your spot and debrief.

Also, this DVD http://www.responsiveclassroom.org/product/time-out is excellent for the process of proactively and positively teaching Time Out to children. You should pick it up!


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