Seven years ago, I created a book to help the kids in my classroom…they struggle with school and have a tendency to avoid and resist work. I use this book each year and the kids really like it and gain lots of benefit from it…and so do I.
So….how did I come up with all those “excuses” and avoidance strategies??? Was it from watching the kids or watching myself? 🙄
I intended this to be a “children’s” book…
but I think it’s amusing and applicable for adults, too.
( it’s short…just 2 minutes…and is more enjoyable viewed full screen)
There are lots of really wonderful bears in this book!
(click forward arrow to view book)
8As I was creating the book, I realized that I have several “specialty” avoidance strategies of my own…and chuckle each time I look at the bears on those particular pages. And so, although I created this book for the kids in my class, I find it equally helpful for myself…and amusing to recognize a few of my own favorite avoidance strategies…..Even more important, I find the positive strategies and steps are helpful too.. “Bearable,” indeed….
Any favorite bears from the pages?
Here’s one of my favorites….
little bit, little bit…little bit at a time….
The next day after this was posted: Oh No!! I forgot a page!
I went to school (work) today and was showing the kids the video presentation of the book…and seeing who preferred reading the book as the 8 1/2 x 11 hard copy of the book, and who preferred seeing on the laptop screen (which wasn’t very big). Well, as we were going through the hard copy of the book… I came to a page that I had actually FORGOTTEN to put into the slide show…and…
it’s one of the avoidance strategies that I have a real “challenge” with…
that tendency to just put off doing something I don’t know how to do,
or that I find confusing,
and then to put it right out of my mind….
whooosh!…simply disappears!…as did this page! 🙄
Updated: Several people have come to this post who mentioned they might be using the ideas with children. There are a few games that can help to reinforce the positive strategies. One is a gameboard. The other game is like “concentration.” The boards, pieces and cards can be printed and cut out. The kids I teach really enjoy both games…and remember both the strategies, and what to avoid, far better, too. (click on images to enlarge)