Stop. Think!

Being able to control impulses and reactions to different situations is an important skill. This activity asks students to stop and think before they react.

Year Level



5 minutes


  • In class activity

SEL Competencies

  • Self-awareness
  • Social awareness
  • Relationship skills

Learning Intention

Students understand that managing their impulses allows them to handle conflict more effectively.

Key Outcomes

By the end of the lesson, students will understand that:

  • being resilient involves controlling their impulses
  • there are many kinds of impulses.

Instructions 5 min

  1. Explain the Think–Impulse Strategy:
    • Stop. Think. (Delay your response.)
    • Breathe.
    • Think of three responses. (Don’t say anything until you have thought of three responses.)
    • Respond.
  2. Organise students into pairs and ask them to think of a recent conflict situation they observed or experienced.
  3. Have the students role-play handling the conflict more appropriately using the Think–Impulse Strategy.