Every other month, my school has grade level team meetings that focus on core instruction and student behavior. For the behavior section, I bring data and facilitate a discussion on how to manage the personal/social concerns of our students. This year, I decided to bring 1-2 behavior management strategies to each meeting as a way to introduce fresh, exciting ideas.
The ice cube strategy (described at Entirely Elementary...School Counseling blog) is great for individual students and small groups. I altered the technique slightly by having numbers on the cubes instead of words. That way, you can reuse the cubes with different cool down strategies. Click here to purchase your own ice cubes.
Here is a different behavior management technique (from the Something to Chirp About blog) that is easy to explain and implement with your students. When your group demonstrates positive behaviors, you add a part to Mr. Potato Head. If they put him back to together, then your group can earn a reward, whatever you decide is most appopriate.