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12 apps to help students improve their self-control


Resources to help promote self-control in every classroom every day

4. Kialo
Kialo is designed to foster thoughtful debate of complex issues. Have students pre-plan some of their arguments, and then reflect on how being prepared made them feel differently from how they felt when they made claims in the heat of the moment.

For math classrooms

5. Time Timer
With Time Timer, students will learn the numbers and sequences involved in telling time and use it to focus behavior. Kids can time themselves during assignments and transitions and create an infographic showing how the results change over time.

6. Choreo Graph
Students will want to jump right in to this fun animation and geometry app. Let them, but go back and make a second animation, this time planning out each step ahead of time. Compare the two results and discuss how being mindful can have a huge impact.

For science classrooms

7. The Human Body by Tinybop
Let students explore the heart and lungs in this app. Students then can measure heart and breathing rates when they’re scared, sleepy, and so on. From the data, have kids draw how their body systems might behave differently based on emotions.

8. LifeLiQe
With these 3D models, students compare the anatomies of various organisms. Show students videos of animal behavior, and analyze how structure relates to function when it comes to our impulses, our instincts, and how we self-regulate.

For social studies classrooms

9. PenPal Schools
With PenPal Schools, students around the world can work together on collaborative projects. Customize a rubric that includes self-control, and have students assess themselves as they discuss provocative topics like race in America.

10. Listenwise
Students will be practicing patience and control as they listen to these public radio stories about current and historical events. As students listen, have them rank the strength of their emotions on a scale to see the changes as the story progresses.

For all classrooms

11. ClassDojo
With ClassDojo, teachers can send students daily text reminders of homework. Students will need to make choices that affect their goals, answering questions such as: Is it more worthwhile to keep playing this game or to finish my work?

12. Twitter
Show students some of the consequences that have arisen from people who tweet based on emotion or impulse. Have students tweet about a topic from class but also have them write out beforehand how they think people will react to it.

 [Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on Common Sense Education.]

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