When a student breaks an expectation listed in the PBIS section they can be sent to Think Time to reflect upon those actions. Think Time should be a place that can be monitored by an adult but ideally not in your particular classroom.
Students remain in Think Tine until they fill out a Think Time Debriefing Form. The debriefing forms (example below) require the students to identify the expectation that they breeched and then identify the correct behavior for that situation. The students then must check that they are ready to adhere to the expectation and are ready to return to class.
Here are some of my experiences with Think Time...
- Use Think Time as a initial behavioral modification and not as a weapon of last resort.
- Apply liberally when first starting the PBIS program. Let the students know that these are the expectations, you will verbally or non-verbally warn them once, and then "here is your ticket."
- Require complete sentences and proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation for both the identified misbehavior and the remedy. Obviously, you need to adjust given the grade level and ability of the student. But I make it challenging and will not accept return until it is correct. This is an important piece and it accomplishes many things. First, it teaches the students some written English skills. Second, it helps take some of the emphasis off of the negative behavior and creates a more neutral issue for the student to focus on. Third, I find the English skills requirement is a huge deterrent for student. Most would rather behave than to write a complete sentence.
- Develop a planned stepped-up consequence. For example, a student who gets three Think Times in a week is awarded a detention.
- Keep all Think Time Debriefing Forms. You now have a written dated record of the student's behavior in their own handwriting.
Below is an example of a written Think Time Debriefing Form. printable pdf
Below is an example of a graphical Think Time Debriefing Form for younger students or students who may have difficulty writing. printable pdf