Flexibility and Adaptability
Flexibility and Adapability
“Life is like riding a bike. If you stop pedaling you fall off.”
Change is inevitable and children will constantly be challenged to adapt to new circumstances in the future.
Many Ways – Sing different versions of the same song or read different versions of folk tales. Remind children that there are many ways to do things, and that’s O.K.
Variety – The Spice of Life – Vary work groups and seating arrangements in the classroom.
•Have students turn their chairs around and face the back of the room.
•Let children exchange seats with a classmate.
•Do “Tummy Time” where children lay on the floor and read, write, and work.
State Changes – How about Whisper Wednesday where you whisper all day?
•Turn off overhead lights.
•Give children sugarless bubblegum to chew.
•Have silly sock, sports day, cap day, dress up day, and other theme days.
•Use colored paper or colored pencils.
Schedule – Write the activities in the day on index cards. Include specials like music and P.E. Put a piece of magnetic tape on the back of each card. Every morning put the activities up according to the schedule for the day.
Opposite Day – Flip your schedule for the day by starting with a good-bye song and reversing the order until you end with a good morning song. Read a book from the last page to the beginning. Be sure and eat your dessert first when you go to lunch!
Self-Directed Learners – Make individual contracts for students with a list of assignments, centers, and so forth. Allow them to make decisions about the order and length of time they spend on the activities. Set a deadline for when all work should be completed.
Innovative and Creative
Creativity is the ability to look at something in a new way. Where would the world be without creative thinkers? It takes courage and a strong sense of self to step outside the box into a new territory.
Open Minded Teachers – Teachers need to accept divergent thinking and keep a sense of humor.
Kiss Your Brain! An answer doesn’t have to be correct. If children express an original idea you can tell them to “kiss their brain” as you model kissing your fingertips and touching your head.
Idle Time – The brain needs a quiet time in order to process information and make new connections. “Brain Growth Time” (aka rest time) needs to be part of the school day. Parents also need to be reminded that boredom is a good thing. Children don’t need to be entertained or scheduled constantly.
Brainstorm – Provide children with opportunities to brainstorm in groups and independently. Use attribute webs, time lines, shapes, and other graphic organizers.
Literature – Creative writing enhances literacy skills as well as original thoughts. Children can write stories, poems, songs, plays, and so forth. Collaborative books where each student submits a page also open the door for creative expression. Topics might include:
|OUR WISH BOOK
WHEN I GROW UP
A MAGIC CARPET RIDE
MY NIGHTMARE LOOKS LIKE
IF SHOES COULD TALK
THE DAY ANIMALS TALKED
IF I WON THE LOTTERY
IF I WERE IN CHARGE OF THE WORLD
I WISH I WERE…
IT’S NOT FAIR
WE WOULD LIKE TO TELL THE PRESIDENT…