Controlling Your Behavior

What are the rewards to learning self-control at an early age? A discussion-based lesson simulates the Stanford Marshmallow Experiment before assessing the positive and negative consequences to controlling one's behavior.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the lesson for students with emotional regulation issues or for learners who have a hard time controlling their impulses in class
  • Instead of a paragraph, have pupils write advice letters to their future selves regarding behavior choices and reward opportunities
Classroom Considerations
  • Check with district policy regarding classroom treats
Pros
  • Addresses speaking and writing skills in addition to behavior control skills
  • Provides links to similar lessons and resources
Cons
  • None
Common Core