Our Education Blogger is a public school teacher with over a decade of experience. She’s an active NEA member and enjoys writing about her experiences in the classroom.
You spend about eight hours a day in the classroom; it’s basically your second home. You never know what your day in the classroom will throw at you, especially these days, so be sure you’re prepared. In addition to your basic supplies, stock up with these 10 essential items every teacher should have at their desk.
- Good Grading Pens/Markers – You can never have too many colorful grading utensils! I like Papermate Flair Pens and they come in a variety of bright, fun colors.
- Stain Remover – I always spill my coffee on my shirt! I use a quick stain remover, like Shout Wipes or Tide Pen, to clean myself up in a snap!
- Travel-Sized Deodorant – The temperature of my classroom is never consistent! One hour I’m wearing my parka while I teach and the next I’m down to my sweat-stained shirt. Keeping a stick of deodorant on hand is also helpful on those warm days that I have recess duty.
- Extra Masks – For those days when you are rushing out the door and forget we are living in the “new normal”.
- Pain Reliever – It’s hard to teach when you’re head is pounding! Keep a small bottle stashed in your desk drawer so you can make it through a tough day.
- Disinfectant Wipes – Even though the janitorial staff is consistently wiping down surfaces, between classes this will most likely be your responsibility to help you (and your students) stay safe.
- Bandages – No need to send students to the nurse (and risk exposure) for minor cuts and scrapes.
8. Hand Sanitizer– For when you don’t have time to run to the bathroom and wash your hands between periods.
- Snacks – Keep a few healthy snacks, that you don’t have to eat with your hands, tucked away so you aren’t tempted to go to the vending machine-like cereal bars, applesauce, or jerky sticks.
- Reusable Water Bottle – Water fountains can be full of germs, invest in a large enough water bottle that you won’t have to refill throughout the day.
A few extra items that could also help you out include K Cups, a Fun Coffee Mug, a To-Do List, Lotion, Mechanical Pencils, Post- its, Kleenex, Gum, a Desk Fan, and a Bluetooth Speaker
Worried about shelling out your own money? Ask parents and families to donate items that are for student use, like cough drops, wipes, Post-its, pencils, and bandages!
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Its summertime and temperatures are quickly on the rise!
Extreme heat is more than an inconvenience though; it is a health hazard. It’s extremely important that we do all that we can to avoid overheating and that we all know the symptoms of heat-related illnesses like:
These are muscular pain or spasms in the leg or abdomen – often the first sign of trouble. Getting a person to a cooler place and hydrating them with water or sports drinks usually alleviates them.
This is much more severe with symptoms of:
- Cool moist pale, ashen or flushed skin
Treatment includes moving to a cooler place with circulating air, remove or loosen clothing and apply cool, wet cloths or towels to the skin. Spraying a person with water helps as well as giving small amounts of fluids such as water, fruit juice, milk or sports drinks. If symptoms persist, call medical help immediately
This is a life-threatening condition. Symptoms include high body temperature (above 103 degrees); hot, red skin; rapid and strong pulse; confusion, and possible unconsciousness. Immediately:
- Call 911
- Move the person to a cooler place
- Cool them with water by immersing them or spraying them
- Cover them with ice packs or bags of ice
Children and Pets are at Risk
Don’t forget your precious cargo when the weather heats up. We think that it will never happen to our families, unfortunately, each year an average of 37 children and many hundreds of pets die from being left in hot cars. The majority is the result of a parent or caregiver who forgot the child or pet was in the vehicle. Even on a 70-degree day, the inside temperature can climb to a dangerous 110 degrees.
New technology and apps are being developed to warn parents of a child left in a car or truck, and the 2017 GMC Acadia will be the first vehicle with a built-in sensor that alerts drivers to check the back seat for children or pets left in the car. Until these are tested and more readily available, safety groups have mounted campaigns to prevent child heatstroke danger with these warning tips:
- Never leave a child or pet in an unattended vehicle
- Keep vehicles locked so children can’t climb in
- Always check the back seat before leaving the vehicle
- Place a stuffed toy in the car seat when it’s unoccupied and move it to the front seat as a visible reminder when you put a child in the seat
- Put a purse, briefcase or other important items in the back seat with your infant or young child
- Alert childcare facilities to notify you if your child fails to show up
- Call 911 if you see a child alone in a vehicle and take action if you see they are in distress or unresponsive (break a window and remove them to a cool place and wait for emergency responders)
When extremely hot weather hits, these are things you can do to alleviate the danger:
- Drink plenty of water and rehydrating sports drinks
- Avoid strenuous work during the heat of the day
- Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing
- Stay indoors as much as possible
- Never leave children or pets in a vehicle
- Go to a basement or lowest floor of a house or building if there is no air conditioning
- Consider spending the warmest part of the day in cool public buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, malls, and other community facilities
- Spend time at a community pool or water park
- Check on family, friends, and neighbors (especially the very young or old) who do not have air conditioning
Ready.gov has an extensive list of recommendations to help keep your home cool when the temperature rises:
- Install window air conditioners snugly and insulate them
- Check air conditioning ducts for proper insulation
- Install temporary window reflectors (such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard) to reflect heat back outside
- Cover windows that receive direct sunlight with drapes, shades, awnings or louvers
- Keep storm windows up
Your car takes a beating in extreme heat. It’s a good reminder to:
- Test your battery
- Check your fluids – oil, coolant, and wiper fluid
- Get your air conditioning serviced
- Inspect all hoses and belts for cracks or tears
- Carry extra water or coolant
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Performance-based assessment is rapidly becoming popular. Student portfolios play a large role in this method of assessment and tell a story of student learning, achievement, and growth. Student-created digital portfolios help educators, and students, reflect on assignments, effort, and improvements that can be made.
The following digital student portfolio tools will assist you and your students in creating meaningful, 21st Century portfolios. Here are 6 easy tools for your students to use to create their digital portfolios.
Kidblog – Safely and securely publish student writing, audio, visual, or video projects. Simple to use and kid-friendly. The first 30 days are free. After your trial, you can choose memberships of $44 per year or $9 per month.
Padlet – Similar to a piece of paper, Padlet allows students to safely create a post of any kind. Padlet is flexible. Use it as a portfolio, a platform to blog and communicate, upload files, or simply make lists. The first 30 days are free. Teacher plans are $99 per year or $12 per month.
Evernote – Take notes, organize, archive, upload files, share ideas, and sync with multiple devices. The basic plan is free, and yearly paid plans offer more options and storage (Plus = $35/year and Premium = $70/year).
Pathbrite – Free interactive showcase portfolios. Upload student work using simple drag-and-drop tools.
Three Ring – Free for students, teachers, and parents. Allows users to securely upload student work, document, organize, comment, and access from anywhere.
VoiceThread – A single educator license will cost you $79 per year or $15 per month. This secure web-based program permits users to upload images, videos, documents, and presentations. Additionally, users may comment on one another’s work using any mix of text, microphone, webcam, telephone, or audio file.
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