I used to be just like you. I would always go to work, even when I wasn’t feeling well. I never wanted to feel ‘behind’ on my lesson plans. I never wanted my students to miss out if their teacher was absent. I always wanted to be the best teacher I could be- and that meant showing up for the kids everyday. But then something happened. A small tickle in my throat turned into laryngitis. I woke up, grabbed some cough drops, and went right to work. As the students came in, I realized I had no voice. Yup, a teacher with no voice in a classroom filled with first graders. Sounds ridiculous, right? I vividly remember having my colleague walk into my classroom and saying aloud, “Diana, why are you here? You need to go home! You’re sick!”
I knew the answer to the question. I was there because I wanted to teach to teach my students. I had serious teacher guilt If I left my students. But the fact of the matter was, I was doing a disservice to my students because I wasn’t feeling 100%. I was worn out, and not allowing my body the proper amount of time to heal. After 10 years of teaching, I now know when my body needs to rest. When I am not feeling like myself, I tend to make a ton of mistakes, I feel sluggish, and I have a hard time concentrating. I no longer have teacher guilt because my health comes first… and yours should too! Your health is more important. PERIOD.
I write this letter to you from the comfort of my couch at home. I have been battling a serious cold for a few days now and I have been feeling completely wiped out. I have used two boxes of tissues within the past 3 days! No joke! However, since I have been home, I have been able to slowly recover. I have been drinking hot lemon tea ( just hot water and a lemon cut in half!), using saline spray, resting, and eating chicken noodle soup…all while in my comfy clothes!
If you are planning on taking a sick day….
I have created a Substitute Editable Flip Book that has been a LIFESAVER when taking sick days. I remember always leaving notes and notes of procedures, paperwork, and lesson plans with the substitute. I knew that there had to be a better way to provide important information to a substitute. This flip book is editable! All you need to do is add your information, print, cut out, and keep at your desk! It’s that simple. Check it out HERE.
I also created an Amazon List that is FILLED with my “Get Well Soon” must haves that I use CONSTANTLY throughout the school year when I am feeling sick. Check out my Amazon List HERE.
Remember: your body needs to rest. You are not superman ( or superwoman). Your students will be just fine. Promise.
Get well soon! xoxo