Subject: In-School-Suspension
Social Skills
Recognizing Loss of Self Control
The student will learn and use strategies in order to recognize the internal changes in their body that signal they are about to lose self-control.

A. Introduction-

The teacher will lead a discussion on the internal and external forces, and how these forces can affect self-control.

1. Make a list of situations over which you do have some control.

2. Make a list of situations over which you have little or no control.
What strategy can we use to determine the two types of situations.

B. Development-

List the following skills on the board:

1. Identify what's causing you to lose self-control
2. Identify your feeling (anxiety, anger)
3. Assess what happened to make you feel this way.
4. Discuss the stressful situation.
5. Ask for help if needed.
6. Focus on positive outcomes.
7. Strive for self-control (count to ten)
8. Accept those things you cannot change.
9. Be responsible for your own happiness.

C. Practice-

One student will role play a situation involving self-control:

1. A student will be prepped by the teacher to act out the following situation: The student will enter the room late, making noise. After he is in his seat, he will lay his head down on his desk and refuse to respond to the teacher or his classmates. He still continues to make noises.

3. After the role play, the teacher and class will identify the inappropriate behavior they observed and reinforce the correct behavior. The teacher will emphasize that we all have "bad" days, but if we employ "self-control," a "bad" day could end up to be a "good" day.
4. Describe a "bad" day for you and explain how you handled the situation.
5. Do you feel that if you use "self-control" in any situation it will prepare you better for adulthood?

D. Independent Practice-

Give the students copies of the following story starter, "The School Bus Incident." The students will write a short story about using self-control and describe the self-control technique used to resolve the conflict.

Checking for understanding-

Have students share their stories with the class and be able to describe the self-control technique they used to resolve the conflict


Have students identify the skill components that were identified at the beginning of the lesson.
7. Evaluation-
Have students turn over their short story and write why they think it is important to demonstrate self-control.

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