Tag Archives: Health

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.


Is it a cold or the flu?




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.


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

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!


A Teacher’s Summer

Long after the last child has left the classroom and a teacher rolls a cart of materials home to work on over the summer, the reality of what a “teacher’s summer” means sets in.  For many, summer means teaching summer school – the extra income supplements a steady decline in teacher salary because of budget cuts and increased teacher expenses.  There are professional development workshops to attend, doctor’s appointments to make and keep, and of course, a plethora of new materials to prepare for the upcoming school year.  Too many things to do can find stress seeping into what should be a stress-free time.  Summer is the time to “body de-stress” allowing it time to heal from a far too intense school year experience.

Create a meaningful summer by taking time to sleep in, laugh, read a good book, and find joy in simple things.

Sleep is the body’s natural healer.  Be sure to get some extra winks in over the summer.  You’ll feel better going into the new school year because you did.

Research shows that those who laugh more often stay healthier longer and heal more quickly.  Watch a few good comedies with family and friends to lift your spirits, and lift others’ spirits as well.

Read a good book.  There is something to be said for a book that takes you away to real or imaginary places without the stress and money involved in actually going there.

Find joy in simple things – they are everywhere!  The warmth of the sun, the bluest of skies, a puppy enticing you to play, a child’s smile, and the pleasurable company of family and friends.

What are your plans for summer?  Here’s hoping they’re meaningful and serve you well!