Challenge Situation Sheets




Challenge Situation Sheets  |  The Child's Mindset



Sam's Story, age 9
As an only child, I grew up living with my single mother until I was 7 years old. I was often left alone for days at a time and was frequently abused by various visitors to the house. Two years ago, my mother was convicted for drug trafficking and subsequently sent to prison. I was then placed in my grandmother’s custody where my daily life became stable. I did well in school and attended on a regular basis. I especially enjoyed being with my friends. My grandmother recently passed away. I am currently receiving care at Helping Hand Home for Children.

Targeted Habit of Mind
Tolerant of Ambiguity
I will know that I am being “tolerate of ambiguity” when I can figure out how to remain flexible – even when things happen that I didn’t expect.

Critical Question
What do I need to know and be able to do in order to master – being flexible when I’m faced with a challenging situation? 

Evidence of Success
  1. I will be able to identify – when I am feeling uneasy and not able to respond in a flexible manner

  2. I will be able to calm myself enough – so I can figure out which tool or strategy I need to use

  3. I will be able to use my problem solving strategies – to address the situation in a constructive manner

Entry Phase Options
  1. When I’m faced with a challenging situation – it is very difficult to identify when I am feeling uneasy, calm myself, or respond in a flexible manner

  2. When I’m faced with a challenging situation – I have learned how to identify when I am feeling uneasy

  3. When I’ve identified that I am in a challenging situation – I have learned how to gradually calm myself

  4. When I’m faced with a challenging situation – I have learned how to calm sufficiently to begin to use some of  use my problem solving strategies to figure things out

  5. When I’m faced with a challenging situation – I have learned how to be tolerant of ambiguity and use my problem solving strategies to successfully resolve the situation