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You spent all weekend planning the perfect lesson. You have visual aids, manipulatives, a demonstration, a special speaker. Suddenly, RING! RING! RING! the fire alarm goes off. All your planning, your effort, ruined...Or is it? When you deal with unscheduled interruptions or unexpected events with grace, you're teaching your students to do the same. Besides, an interruption can become what educators call a "teachable moment". An unexpected assembly can be a chance to discuss good listening skills. A blown out overhead light bulb is an opportunity for extra review for tomorrow's test. Be flexible or you'll definitely snap in the eventful, unscripted life of a classroom teacher.