Teaching Tip Tuesday – Be Flexible

Teachers need to be prepared. I can’t emphasize this enough. I make sure that I draw up very detailed year plans and day plans.  I am very well organized in my classroom. Unfortunately all the planning and organizing can sometimes not be enough.

Teachers need to be flexible. There will always be things that interfere with our best-laid plans. The best skill that any teacher can learn is flexibility. We need to be able to adapt to a variety of situations.

There have been quite a few times where things have not run as smoothly as I had hoped or planned. There have been times when I realized that I needed to switch gears and abandon my plan. There have been interruptions or unscheduled assemblies or meetings. The only thing you can do in these situations is to go with the flow.

This comes with practice and experience. It’s a bit like being an improvisational comedian. We need to take whatever comes at us and make it work.
Improv is a skill that every teacher needs to develop.  I know that some of my best lessons or examples have happened on the fly, that is that I did not plan them.
For new teachers, this is all I can suggest,
– plan but don’t feel that you have to stick steadfast to it
– let things happen naturally
– take cues from the situation and your class
– be enthusiastic and share that enthusiasm
Be Flexible