F is for Flexibility

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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2 thoughts on “F is for Flexibility

  1. A successful student is one who go with flow and adjust to the unexpected that is bound to happen.

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  2. I think the lack of flexibility of educators/the education system at the time I was in school was a key barrier to success for me and I imagine many others. I was “slow” and had difficulty reading so I was placed in “special education” where they basically taught us more slowly. There was no effort to diagnose. No effort to adjust the teaching mode to my learning style. I was called and felt stupid. It wasn’t until I figured out how to learn on my own that I started to be successful in academics. I’m hoping these days there is much more focus on adjusting teaching styles with learning styles so we don’t lose so many children along the way.

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