D.O.F. The Destroyer of Fun

In the Learning Support Baseroom, social skills instruction is currently taking place 4 days a week with 2 groups of students. In social skills we adapt curriculum from Michelle Garcia Winner and Stephanie Madrigal’s Superflex curriculum, incorporate social skills instructional videos from Model Me Kids and My School Day, as well as teach our own adapted curriculum to best meet the needs of our students.

 Many of these lessons and stories are not just appropriate for students accessing learning support services.  All students in the Elementary School environment can take some benefit to the ideas, suggestions and skills that are being taught.

This month and into March, the First Graders are learning about friendship.  A brief overview of the Superflex curriculum was shared with all First Grade teachers during their team planning time in order to give them some opportunity to use the terminology and stories in conjunction with the Friendship unit.  If you have a child in that grade level here at ISM, you may hear them mention the names, “Superflex, Rock Brain, Brain Eater”.

With annual Sports Day here at ISM, we take the opportunity to teach and remind all students of good sportsmanship and enjoying a full day of wonderful, physical activities that the PE department has taken much time and planning to provide.

Sports Day is a good opportunity to discuss the Superflex Character named The Destroyer of Fun (or D.O.F. for short!), pictured below.  This villain affects people during sporting events, during games and whenever there are competitive activities.  D.O.F. can invade a person’s brain and when this happens, that person becomes extremely competitive and insists on going first all the time, hates losing,  may cause tantrums or may cause a student to get mad at less able team mates.  When taken over by D.O.F. a person also plays only what he wants to play and has to win all the time.

If you suspect D.O.F. is invading your child’s sporting event, family game night, or activities at home you can remind your child to use the following ‘flexible thinking strategies’ to help rid your family of this evil villain:

  • talk about the goal of playing games and sports (to have fun, exercise your body and mind, do something together with friends/family) the focus or goal is not always winning.
  • it is okay to wait for your turn.  You may want to go first, but sometimes you have to wait.
  • if you are only concerned with yourself (winning, going first, playing only what you want to play) you will lose team mates, family and friends will stop playing with you.
  • sometimes you win and it is okay to be excited to win.  Sometimes you do not win and it is okay to not win every time.

Remember to use the vocabulary above so that when we ask students for examples of ‘Unthinkables’ that they have defeated, they can relate to the correct experience.

Thanks to www.socialthinking.com