Every teacher is an individual, bringing unique skills, qualities and personality traits to the position. Each of these skills, traits and qualities can be really useful in being a good teacher and ensuring that students are able to reach their full potential.
One particularly good trait for a teacher to have is flexibility. Here is an overview of the reasons why it is so important for a teacher to be flexible and the different circumstances when flexibility may be required.
Every child has a different learning style. Some are visual, some prefer an auditory style and others work best using a kinesthetic approach. Some children may have a mixed style of learning meaning that two or more of these styles will be required for them to reach their full potential.
It is important that a teacher can be flexible in the way that he/she delivers lessons, adapting pedagogy to suit the various learning styles within the group. This is particularly the case in mainstream schools as there are likely to be a large number of children all with different learning styles.
Pace of learning
Similarly, children learn at different paces. Even a child who usually picks up new topics and information quickly may find one particular skill or idea difficult to grasp. Similarly, a child who often struggles and would be expected to take longer to retain the information or would need additional support may unexpectedly find one topic much easier than previous topics studied.
This means that teaching a topic may be taught more quickly than usual or may take much longer than expected. It is vital that the teacher can be flexible and adapt the lesson to take into account the pace of learning of the children within the class.
Unexpected circumstances may affect the way in which a lesson is delivered or if it is even delivered at all. There are no end of different situations that may mean that a teacher has to demonstrate flexibility.
Some examples include an unexpectedly large number of absentees in the class, a room change, weather that affects a lesson planned to take outdoors, a member of staff being taken ill or equipment that was planned to be used in a lesson being broken or double booked.
These examples demonstrate that it is really important that a teacher can be flexible, think on his/her feet and adapt to situations and circumstances at short notice.