When I used to take fitness tests in school, I was never very flexible. I tend to be "tall stiff white guy" -- we were going over adjectives today -- and my results were always poor. There's that test where you sit on the ground with your legs out straight and your feet up against a board, and you bend forward as far as you can. I never did well on that.
However, in these past few years, I have discovered that while I might not be able to lick the backs of my knees, I am actually VERY flexible after all! I am constantly being asked to contort myself symbolically at school and then being thanked for my extreme flexibility. ALL of us are, actually.
Here are a few examples of my (and my colleague's) flexibility:
1) Receiving no planning period for 4 out of the 5 days of this week.
2) Allowing random construction workers to come into my room at all times to examine/fix/eff-up the new HVAC unit.
3) Moving out into the hallway and then an upstairs classroom when the HVAC unit goes all "Lost Smoke Monster" on us.
4) Accepting the new door that is supposed to (someday maybe?) be put on my classroom which will not be lockable, probably for the rest of the year. Also, having every single child and transient within earshot KNOWING that my room won't lock, courtesy of that fact being stated on the public address system.
5) Making sub plans for emergency half-day planning periods that are announced the day before.
6) Kudos to my colleague down the hall for smoothly course correcting when she sent students to the cafeteria at 1:45 to pick up today's fruit samples (as we were told to do), and when a fire drill was then run at precisely 1:45.
7) Flexibility from the 1st grade teachers who will implement departmentalization starting tomorrow...
I'm learning a lot about myself this year, and I'm proud to say that I'm 34% more flexible than ever!