Hello Everyone, Thank you in advance for your honest opinions and advice. I am a second year special education teacher. I teach 4th grade resource replacement for Math and ELA. This year I have a very behavioral class (diagnoses of ADHD, Mood Disorders, Autism, etc.) Our morning is broken up by specials and science/social studies in their homerooms, but our afternoon (12:30-3:10) is straight up instructional time. When the school year first started, it was extremely rough. Not to mention I have eleven students and no paraprofessional.. but that's beside the point. Behaviors were high, focus was lacking, and it was just very rough for my students to make it through the day. My students REALLY enjoy art. So as a behavior management technique, I cut out 15 minutes of their day for "Choice Time" where they can choose from three options: color, free draw, or another choice (it'll usually be a math mystery puzzle, mindfulness meditation, etc). Since I've implemented this, I have seen behaviors significantly go down and focus has been MUCH better. I mentioned in passing to my principal that this is something I do and she immediately said that if an administrator was to walk in during that time they would flip out because instructional time is being taken away from the students. I defended myself by saying that these 15 minutes HELP them refocus themselves once we return back to work and it has really helped behaviors in my class, but she wasn't buying it. She suggested I tie it in with curriculum or do away with Choice Time altogether. I guess my question here is... do any of you implement a similar type of thing in your classroom? Or do you have any suggestions on how I can tie it in to curriculum somehow? Thanks so much.