The New Teacher


New thing can be scary. I hate thinking about all the things that could go wrong. I like it when things stay the same.

What if I don’t like the new change? What if I’m not very good at it? What if there are scary parts?

My worries want me to stop the change, but I have a feeling that is not going to make things better.

Does this sound like you?

The New Teacher

Gulliver and Emmet just found out they are getting a new teacher. Haley’s brother told her the new teacher is really mean.

How are Emmet and Gully going to keep their worries from getting big before they give the new teacher a chance?

Activity 1

Think about a change that happened in your family. What did you think would happen? What actually happened? Draw a picture of how everyone worked together to work through the change.

Activity 2

Poppy is not looking forward to leaving her house. What could she take with her to make her feel better when the worries start?

Activity 3

Bendy thinking or flexible thinking teaches kids to learn to accept the things they cannot change. Be a bendy thinking role model! Look for opportunities to model flexible thinking!

Great job! You’re becoming a great bendy thinker! Keep practicing.
The more you practice, the better you will become at focusing on the best of a situation instead of focusing on the worst.

Let’s make a plan!

What are some ways we could make a change?

The Plan Example

What happened?

Skating lessons on Saturday morning

How did I react?

Skating lessons on Saturday morning

What can I do instead?

? Maybe I will enjoy skating
? I might make new friends
? Learning to skate will be a good skill to have

Now it’s your turn!

Did you follow the plan? How did it go?

  • Click on the Poppy video that best describes how it all worked out.
  • Don’t forget, plans take practice. Sometimes they work out the first time, sometimes it takes a couple of tries. The important thing is your trying and that you’re working together.

? Yes to success!

? Maybe nextime