Thrown In The Deep End

The musings of brand new high school science teacher

Being Sick Sucks!

Today I discovered how hard it is to teach when you have a fever.  I've been fighting off a cold/flu for the past few days and after lunch today (when I finally got to sit down for the first time all day) I started to burn up.  Considering I only had 1 class to teach I decided to soldier on.

All I can say is thank goodness I have a laptop class (all the students in my class have a laptop which is connected to the schools network via a wireless connection... not all classes have laptops) - I just put them to work on their research assignments while I sat at the front of the science lab and told them they had to be nice to me because I was sick.

This is the worst possible time for me to get sick - tomorrow night is parent teacher interviews.  I will be meeting with something like 30 parents in a 3 hour time slot.  It's going to be like speed dating... I am not looking forward to it.  I then have to do it again on Monday because one parent teacher night is just not enough to see everyone!  Joy! *groan*

Overall, I have only good things to say about my students.  Every one of my classes has just recently had tests and I am so happy with the overall performance.  However, there are a few (in grade 10 - 15 and 16 year olds can be impossible!) who need to lift their game if they want to pass this semester.  I didn't want to have to do this to the grade 10s but both my classes will be put into a seating arrangement the next time we are in the lab (currently working on assignments in the computer labs).

So I've been a teacher now for 9 and a half weeks - almost an entire term.  I still love it, even if the students make me want to pull my hair out.  I am sure some of them are going to put me in an early grave, and I do check daily for grey hairs... but despite that, it's all good!

Posted: Tuesday, April 01, 2008 8:38 PM by MissBeaker

Jenna said:

Hi there sick teacher.

I know exactly how you feel being sick at school.  Can you believe, the very first day of our school year, I got Laryngitus.  Having no voice for the entire week in the first week of Grade 2 was the pits.  I couldn't believe that it was happening and I knew I could not stay at home to recover as it was only the first week and the children are still very young to be substituted especially in the first week.

But we all got through it and amazingly very well.  Because I had no voice, the children knew they had to be alert at all times to hear any instructions.  So they were silent the whole time.  Also, when I spoke to them, they responded in whispers so it was an all round silent week.

When I got my voice back, so did the children, and it became "normal" again.

I hope you get better soon!

# April 1, 2008 5:05 AM

MysteryTeacher said:

The problem is that you finally sat down!  If you had never sat down, you would not have started running a fever.  You would have felt lousy but you would have plodded on.  Hope you are feeling better soon.  I know that everytime I relax, I get sick.

# April 2, 2008 5:52 PM

MissBeaker said:

Thanks guys!  It is now the weekend and I am going to sleep and get over whatever it is that has seen me ill all week.

# April 4, 2008 1:53 AM
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