You know the old saying the best laid plans of mice and men? This can often be applied to the life of a teacher. You can plan and plan and then plan some more, but it seems like there is often a last minute hiccup in your plans. Flexibility has to be every teachers’ middle name. One way to help you remain flexible is to have a backup plan. Plan B and even Plan C have saved me countless hours of stress. Have you made your Plan B for your Valentine’s Day party yet? Here are a few hiccups that have happened to me through the years:
It is cold and flu season and you know what that means! Parents, while they are well meaning, don’t want their child to miss his/her Valentine’s Day party. So, what do they do . . . . they give them a dose of Motrin or Tylenol and they send them to school hoping that their child can make it through the day. There are a few things you can try to do with this issue. In the morning, keep a close eye on your students. Many times you can tell if they are sick by looking at their eyes and watching their activity level. Around lunch time, the medicine will begin to wear off. Send students to the nurse who are warm, are putting their heads down on their desk/table, or other signs that they are not feeling well. Take extra care with washing hands before your snack at your party, too.
There are several ways you can handle this hiccup. First of all, I ask that the snack is sent in by 9 a.m. because this allows me to activate Plan B if needed. If there is no snack by 9:00 a.m., I either call my E.R. parent or I use a snack that I purchase ahead of time. When there is a party, I purchase something simple and inexpensive like animal crackers to keep in my closet for my Plan B. My E.R. parent is part of how I organize parent volunteers which is part of my School Helper packet.