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Classroom Management Mastery Series Part Four: 7 Impulse Control Strategies That Work to Set Your Students Up For Success From the Start

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Are you ready to say goodbye to blurting, tantrums, and interruptions? These are challenges that every teacher faces and they have only increased in the recent years post-COVID. We’ve all tried things that we thought would help our students with their impulse control, and many times, our efforts simply did not work. But that doesn’t mean that nothing will work.

There are many reasons why children act impulsively and one big reason is that impulse control does not fully develop until young adulthood. That means that it is so important that children are given tools and strategies to help them manage and control their impulses. We cannot expect students to be able to demonstrate impulse control when they have never been taught how to or been given the tools needed for them to be successful with it.  

Whether students lack impulse control because those skills are underdeveloped or whether they are simply excited, frustrated, or not getting enough sleep, there are ways that we can help them with their impulsivity! We have the opportunity to set our classroom up in a way that supports our students in learning impulse control skills. We want our students to be successful and our students want to be as well so I am incredibly excited to share how we can set them up for success!

Believe it or not, we can prevent impulse control problems and teach students the skills to help prevent interruptions by making simple environmental shifts. In this episode, I am sharing seven strategies that actually work to help kids learn the skills they need to control their impulsivity including using schedules, timers, and regular check-ins to set your students up for success. These strategies are so impactful and can be implemented in your classroom right away.

If you want help implementing these strategies and are already a  READY for School Academy member, join us inside the Classroom Management Club. You’ll get access to over 70 amazing classroom management hacks, 80 resources, and all past trainings to set you and your students up for success this school year. I can’t wait to see you inside!

Inside this week's show, you'll learn:

  • What impulse control is and when it is fully developed
  • Reasons why children lack impulse control and the importance of finding out why children may be acting more impulsive than normal
  • Four things kids who struggle with impulse control might also struggle with, and how to support them
  • Seven strategies that actually help set your students up for success

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I hope this information is helpful as you prepare for your first, second, or third year of teaching. Until next time, remember, just because you're a beginning elementary teacher, there's no need for you to struggle like one.

πŸ’› Lori

Dr. Lori Friesen | Beginning Teacher Mentor

Creator of the R.E.A.D.Y. for School Academy, Dr. Lori Friesen has mentored thousands of beginning teachers across the country through her workshops and courses. Host of the popular podcast, Beginning Teacher Talk, and creator of the innovative literacy program for 1st and 2nd grade, Dogs Help Kids Read and Succeed, Dr. Lori is dedicated to serving educators and inspiring learners. Learn more at and at

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