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Develop Foresight Through Hindsight


Social-Emotional Learning All Ages Strategy


Flexible Thinking Self-regulation

Develop Foresight Through Hindsight

All students, particularly those who are prone to impulsive behavior or repeatedly make the same mistakes

Teach It!

  1. Objective: Students will understand and connect how their actions or decisions impact themselves or others.
  2. Model and Practice: a) Find the delicate balance of not making a child feel bad about himself, yet still discuss past situations to help him develop hindsight and begin to prevent future mistakes. b) Discuss situations as soon as you can, so details are fresh and some of the emotion remains to get at the "why" events transpired. c) For some, engaging in role play around what happened can be effective for them to understand and work through a bad decision. d) Collaborate with the student to develop specific strategies to help him avoid repeating the behavior. Improvement begins with self-awareness and continues with effective strategy use.

Why It Works (the Science Of Learning)!

While there is plenty of truth to the adage that we learn best from our mistakes, we only improve when we understand why the mistake happened and make an effort to correct where we went wrong. It is natural to want to forget about mistakes and move on, but it is important for adults to help students go through the difficult process of reflection so that the mistake becomes a learning experience.