Monthly Archives: January 2013

“A Good Day” video – Brother David Steindl-Rast

There are times in all of our lives when we might benefit from the gift of renewal and a reminder of what is truly meaningful to our happiness and well-being.  My favorite “go to” renewal/reminder place is:

“A Good Day” video – Brother David Steindl-Rast.

Enjoy!

Flu season and the classroom

With flu season in full swing now issneezing a great time to search for those books on “germs” taking residency on your classroom bookshelves. Presenting tips to avoid catching the flu to your students through literature is a valuable lesson this time of year.  Follow-up your readings with posting pictured tips on a classroom wall.

Preventing the spread?  What teachers can do:

1. Inform your students – knowledge is power.

2. Teach students the importance of proper hand washing – lather top and bottom of hands with soap and rinse thoroughly.

3. Teach students to cough inside of the arm or elbow.    Encourage use of tissues by having several boxes available at different classroom locations.

4. Provide hand sanitizer and encourage students to use it when entering or leaving the classroom.

5. Clean desks and doorknobs daily as well as any classroom items often touched by others.

6. Inform classroom parents of the steps you are taking in the classroom.  These tips can help them at home as well.

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Is it a cold or the flu?

Characteristic

Flu

Cold

Chest infection/cough Common.  Can become severe. Common.  Mild to moderate.
Fever Usually high (102°-104°) May last 3-4 days. Rare except in young children.
General aches and pains Usual. Can be severe. Mild.
Headache Common. Rare.
Sneezing/red, watery, itchy   eyes Rare. Usual.
Sore throat Occasional. Usual.
Stuffy nose Occasional. Usual.
Tiredness Severe. Mild.
Primary season Winter. Late August – April.
Duration Up to a month. 7 – 10 days.
Adapted/modified from:Balch, P. A., & Balch, J. F.   (2000). Prescription for nutritional healing   (3rd ed.). New York, New York: Avery.

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Remember – a healthy classroom is a happy and productive classroom!

For other ideas see http://www.teachervision.fen.com/disease-prevention/resource/62164.html

For more information see http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2013-2014.htm

To America from a Teacher

writing_letter      This is a beautifully written letter – one I’m sure many of us would have loved to have written but just haven’t gotten around to.  Thank you for sharing lisamyers.org!

To America from a Teacher.

Teachers Gravitate to Social Networks Tailored for Educators

Interesting findings!

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Teachers Gravitate to Social Networks Tailored for Educators.

ASCD Express 8.07 – The Neuroscience of Joyful Education

 

Well worth the read!

ASCD Express 8.07 – The Neuroscience of Joyful Education.

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A Teacher’s New Year’s Prayer

The road less traveled...

As the new year begins may we take time to reflect on the past, present, and future – confident in wisdom to guide us through a year of…

Hope for healing

Acceptance without fear

Peaceful days

Patience for positive outcomes

Youthful exuberance

New beginnings

Energy to sustain

Worthy personal experiences

Yearnings that motivate

Enthusiasm and zeal

Amazing grace and

Resplendent conviction for meaningful change

Sincere best wishes for peace and happiness in 2013 and always!

Nancy