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    Tool 14 … The art of distraction & diversion

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    A summary of ideas for discussion 

    • If you see trouble coming, taking the easy way out is sometimes a good strategy.
       
    • Choose your battle grounds wisely.
       
    • It is sometimes better not to engage in an issue unless it is likely to be a helpful outcome for everyone in the moment. You may be able to head off an undesired behaviour and not let it happen.
       
    • This is an S9 tool
       

A constant struggle, a ceaseless battle to bring success from inhospitable surroundings, is the price of all great achievement.
‣‣‣ Orison Swett Marden

Choose your battle grounds wisely.

It is sometimes better not to engage in an issue unless it is likely to be a win-win for everyone. You may be able to head off an undesired behaviour and not let it happen.

For the moment at least, it may be wiser to tactically ignore that a breach of guidelines is probably about to happen. In such situations, distraction or diversion may be worth employing in order to head off something ugly!

After a while, a child may even learn to view a certain style of distractive comment as a warning.

Ideas for distractions and diversions could include:

  • asking a question
  • asking the child for help
  • move them onto something else more interesting/engaging
  • change the focus of the children to something else by exclaiming, “Look!”
  • ask an “I wonder …” question. E.g. “The Prime Minister’s socks! Sam, I wonder if you can tell me the colour of the socks the Prime Minister is wearing today?” (Eye contact, get an answer/guess)… “Correct, on with the next activity Sam!”
  • a riddle: Poor people have it. Rich people need it. If you eat it you die. What is it? Answer: ??? (Google it!)
  • other? …
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