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Sitting in the front row

“A teacher told me about a girl that was having serious behavioural problems while sitting in the front row at school. In truth, she was becoming too much to handle. It seemed the only thing to do was diagnose her with ADHD, and send her to special education. Instead of doing that, the teacher decided to have a good talk with the student.

As it turned out,  the teacher had put the girl in the front row because of the disruptions she caused during the school day. He figured that would be a good way to keep an eye on her. The girl, once they got a chance to talk, told the teacher that all the noise going on behind her back made things much too hard for her. The teacher decided to move the girl to the back of the class. The result? 75% of the problem was solved with that one simple move.”

According to Jaap Bressers, author of the book ‘Waar een wiel is, is een weg’, even the simplest of changes can make a huge difference. The entire interview is available on Blendle.  Jaap’s story is a great example of how to stop the process of ‘vastdenken’ or ‘stuck-thinking’. How to stop using solutions that only make your problem worse.

Source: TPO Magazine and Omdenken

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