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Think Sheets - Students' Written Responses to Inappropriate Behavior


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A Think Sheet for Problem Solving
Think Sheets - Students' Written Responses to Inappropriate Behavior

A problem solving think sheet


Think Sheets are part of a consequence for a student who breaks classroom or school rules. Rather than sending the child to the principal's office, as part of progressive discipline, a child can spend a lost lunch recess or time after school writing about the problem behavior and making a plan.

By focusing on the "problem," this think sheet provides instruction as well as a consequence. When we focus on the problem that was created, and ask the student to identify more productive ways to deal with the problem, your focus is on the behavior and not on the student.


Rodney got into a fight on the playground when another child picked up the ball Rodney was playing with. Rather than sending him to the principal's office, his teacher, Miss Rogers, is keeping him in during the afternoon recess.

Miss Rogers and Rodney talk about the problem: Rodney lost his temper when the other child took the ball without asking. Rodney's plan is to tell the other student he needs to ask to play, and if the other student doesn't respond, he will tell the teacher with recess duty. Miss Rogers is putting the think sheet into the behavior binder behind Rodney's divider. They will review it before he goes out for recess the next morning.

A Free Printable Think Sheet for Problem Solving.

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