Having been slightly ADHD as a child ( alright, really ADHD as a child and still some as an adult- more on that later) it was very hard knowing that sooner or later I was going to blow it and it would be a really BIG deal. I remember thinking that I was going to be a “nice” teacher when I grew up. I was going to understand how hard it was to be “good”.
In the interest of being a nice teacher- I always tried to introduce class rules with a lightness of being. There is nothing like a little humor to take the pressure off. To that end, I am sharing my “Don’t be a Silly Goose” Craftivity and Class Rules Activity.
The book “Silly Suzy Goose” by Petr Horacek is about a silly goose that gets herself in trouble by not being a part of the barnyard pack. She learns that there is a time and place for everything. There are times when being silly has its place and other times it’s just smart to behave like the rest of the group.
While it’s a bit of a stretch- it is a good lead into to why we have class rules without making the issue so serious. The Craftivity has three writing prompts and the craft is HILARIOUS! Every goose produced is fun and funny. Kids can mix and match the heads, bodies, feet, beaks, wings, etc. The more they mix and match- the better the product.
If you can’t find the book at your local library, you can find it at Amazon by clicking here.
How Cute are these "little guys"?
P.S. The value of Being ADHD (as an adult)
- When you’re 60 years old you have a LOT more energy than your friends!
- People with ADHD have a very high creativity quotient.
- When you enter a crowded meeting, you don’t need to look for a chair- you know you can’t sit still that long anyway!
- You really “get it” when your students or children can’t seem to master that “good behavior” thing.
- You are easily distracted, so when things are tough- you move on more quickly.
- You tend not to sweat the little things.