What Were You Thinking?

Bryan Smith
Lisa M. Griffin
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Strengthen executive function skills and empower impetuous young people with a humorous story about an impulsive third-grader. Teach students a strategy of four simple steps for stopping, thinking, and decision-making. Third-grader Braden loves to be the center of attention. His comic genius, as he sees it, causes his friends to look at him in awe. But some poor decision-making, like ill-timed jokes in class and an impulsive reaction during gym that left a classmate teary-eyed and crumpled on the floor, forces the adults in Braden's life to teach him about impulse control. But will the lessons shared by his teachers and his mom really help Braden manage his impulses? Find out in this hilarious story by Bryan Smith. 32 pages

Also available What Were You Thinking? Downloadable Activities

Published by Boys Town Press

ISBN: 978-1-934490-96-9

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2 Reviews

  • 5
    AMAZING book on controlling your impulses

    Posted by Andrea Boyd on Dec 1st 2018

    I read this book with my social skills group last week and they loved guessing what the boy was going to do next, what he should do, and what they would do if they were in his situation. This book is funny, easy to read, and relatable for students. I also love the process that they provide in the book for thinking through your actions and deciding whether they are going to make your situation better or worse. We created posters for our classroom and their desks to remind them to follow the process in order to be impulse control experts. I have already purchased the downloadable activities to keep instructing on impulse control! Thanks!

  • 5
    Book reivew

    Posted by Kevin on May 31st 2018

    Great way to teach about impulse control.

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