September Sing-Along

Who would like a song or two or three to sing with students this September? I’m hoping you! Welcome September, jazz up calendar time, and prolong hand washing with this trio of top-notch tunes. Happy September to all! Diane Hooray for September! (sing along to the tune of “Jingle Bells”) September, September, September’s here, hooray!…

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Germs, Germs, Germs!

It’s the season for colds and the flu, my teacher friends! I find myself giving every door knob the hairy eyeball and washing my hands whenever possible. To clarify, I’m not a germaphobe at all–but there’s some pretty icky stuff going around right now. So this is the perfect time to refresh personal hygiene skills…

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You Need Laughter

Humor is an important coping mechanism. Laughter not only makes us feel better–it also has honest health benefits. It can… Decrease stress hormones Increase blood flow, which improves heart function Burn calories (I’m not saying you should quit the gym–but it does burn calories!) Decrease anxiety Lower your blood pressure Teaching is stressful–so in my…

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No Lunch for You

        Recently, I saw this article discussing teachers who take away students’ snacks and lunches if they don’t meet certain health standards. The school in question is in Canada. Out of curiosity, I googled “Teacher taking student’s lunch away” and came up with oodles of articles, many of them discussing schools in…

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Gross

I am a reasonably clean and germ-aware individual. In my opinion, I’m neither too obsessed nor too lax in my cleanliness. I flush the toilet with my foot, I wash my hands frequently, and I use a paper towel to open the door when leaving the bathroom. Because you know there are people out there…

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Stand Up!

Every once in a while, I go on a binge reading articles about how sitting at a desk is killing me. Oh, I know that if you search the Internet, you’ll eventually find articles that say everything is killing you—from too much water to too many eggs to the metal levels in kale. But sitting…

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Valuable Vision

June is Child Vision Awareness Month! And this visually impaired blogger thinks that having a month devoted to vision awareness is important indeed! I’ve been wearing glasses since the fourth grade, when all of a sudden I couldn’t read the chalkboard from my seat in the middle of the classroom. Fortunately, my teacher noticed me…

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How’s That Lunch?

Okay, it’s confession time. I haven’t always chosen the best lunches. Brace yourself for the following information: I remember eating peanut butter cups and drinking a sugary soda for lunch more times than not in high school. As an adult, I’m quite a healthy eater—so much so that I want to grab my younger self…

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