Teaching Students Self-Control

Description of the Strategy

Teaching students self-control is one of the ultimate goals of education. Self-control provides them with a sense of ownership for their behavior and is an important component for promoting general behavior change.

Self-control typically involves two responses: (a) the target behavior to be controlled or changed (e.g., eating, completing math problems, temper tantrums) and (b) the behavior displayed to control or change the target behavior (e.g., recording everything eaten, asking for assistance to complete math problems completed correctly, rewarding oneself for having a decreased number of temper tantrums per week). A problem putting this conceptualization into practice is that it is difficult and confusing to determine what behavior controls the behavior to be controlled. For example, if writing a ...

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