Surprise Endings: toolkit part 2 #sol18

Surprise Endings: toolkit part 2 #sol18

March 24, 2018

It’s the things we don’t anticipate that are the trickiest to negotiate. Often occurring, we plan and anticipate a certain response from students and colleagues. Occasionally these surprise leave us reeling, struggling to recover. Scaredy Squirrel thinks he has prevented these through preparation and avoidance, but that doesn’t quite work out for him. Sometimes it doesn’t for us. Here are some ideas for our surprise endings toolkit.

10 Ways to Prepare for Surprise Endings

or What I learned from Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt or commercials

  1.  “Real People,  Not Actors”     every person brings their own perception, this is a good hint but unpredictable
  2.  Please Give Yourself Extra Time       we can take a moment to process or regroup
  3.  Items in mirror may appear closer       as Ferris Bueller says. Things come up fast and we have to be ready.
  4. Make a Chart,  “Ways to Prepare for Tricky Things”     a anchor chart is good, things are tricky for kids and for us.
  5. The struggle is real.      It’s just ok, no matter what.
  6. If we aren’t sightseeing, we are driving. (Colleen Cruz).     Get in there and mess about. Don’t you love those Jeep ads where they are 8 inches from out of control.
  7. Disequilibrium strengthens our core.     Just that. That’s where the learning is, read more Path Change #sol17
  8. Hope is not a tactic (Deepwater Horizon).      Read more Hope is Not a Tactic.
  9. If we want people to take risks, they have to know that we are there to catch them. (Innovator’s Mindset )       this is a great book to motivate innovative educators
  10. . There is such a thing as adjacent possible.

Day 24 of the 31 day Slice of Life Story Challenge. Slicing along with some amazingly generous and talented writers. Check them out at

5 thoughts on “Surprise Endings: toolkit part 2 #sol18

  1. I love how you took a kids books and wrote a slice about what you learned from it. There are so many great picture books out there…maybe adults (not just teachers) should read them more often.

  2. Such a great list! I love how you used Scaredy Squirrel! I am reminded how important children’s books are for everyone, not just the littles.

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