F is for FLEXIBILITY.
This seems to be the word of the year in education. Due to staffing shortages, bus changes, illnesses, etc., we are forced to be flexible daily. I have never said the phrase, “…alright so today we are going to be flexible, here is the change” so many times in one school year.
Years ago while working on a degree in Special Education, I had to create a visual schedule for a class project. That was 10 years ago and I still use this schedule every day. The schedule is simple: a long, laminated, rectangular paper with velcro dots. I have pieces laminated with pictures and words for subjects, special areas, special days, etc. all with velcro on the back. I can move pieces around for changes in our day such as music, art, physical education. Or I can add special pieces to help with anticipation of a class party, school assembly, or other events.
There is a difference with saying “be flexible” and helping a child anticipate change. Some people, children and adults, hate change and really struggle with it. Most people are creatures of habit. I laugh when I pull into our school parking lot because most of us park in the same place every day. However, when we help children understand that there is a change coming, it can tremendously help reduce stress and anxiety.
Here is a great list of books to encourage flexibility and being adaptable. Click here!
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