Main Idea: Avoiding things can be more harmful than good.
I had a conversation with the wise and wonderful Lisa Dinhofer this week, and one word leapt out at me: AVOIDANCE.
That had me thinking about my day-to-day and how much I avoid doing things that I think will be uncomfortable. Not just the painful stuff, but the merely uncomfortable.
Then I got my butt out of my chair and went for a walk and ‘had a think’ (one of Lisa’s phrases) about the significance and the prevalence of avoidance in schools.
And let’s be honest: actually doing it is (99.9%) never as bad as we imagine it will be.
This week, try this: On your to-do list, find the thing you least want to do. Take a few seconds and figure out why that’s so, and then do it first.
Quote: "The avoidance of suffering is a form of suffering. The avoidance of struggle is a struggle. The denial of failure is a failure. Hiding what is shameful is itself a form of shame." ~Mark Manson
Educator Resource: First Five - Jumpstart reader April B. recommends this resource. Her school uses it and loves it. You receive an email everyday that has a bundle of resources for primary, and a bundle of resources for secondary. Some are super-quick (a meme or a joke you can use in class), some are longer activities. Produced by Edtomorrow. Register.
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Matt Weld, Area 5 SEL Coach
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SEL Coach Matt Weld creates and delivers in-person and online SEL-related content.