At NAGC 2010, I attended a session about social and emotional needs put on by Tim Gott of The Gatton Academy. His presentation was focused on self-evaluation or, as Stephen Covey calls it in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The Leader in Me, “sharpening the saw.”
Rather than simply offering vague recommendations for students to “get in touch with their emotions,” Gott introduced a very practical pathway to assist children in assessing their own emotions.
This pathway, labeled “TTFBC,” was my biggest takeaway from the talk. TTFBC stands for:
triggers -> thoughts -> feelings -> behaviors -> consequences.
This pathway emphasizes that behaviors don’t appear out of nowhere. They emerge from a feeling that itself is caused by our own interpretation of some event. Using this pathway, we can help students work backwards to identify where anger, frustration, or sadness came from.
I see this working well as a self-analysis tool embedded with the icons of depth, complexity, and content imperatives. Using the content imperative “origin,” students can analyze how someone’s action combined with their own thoughts “converged” to create an inappropriate behavior. You could also use the “rules” icon to specify appropriate and inappropriate ways to handle such feelings.