Interacting with a class when you are gross

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  1. Backroads

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    Let's say you have the sniffles. You decide it's nothing your remedy of choice can't handle and you go into work. Eventually you do get a tad on the gross side. You're not on death's door by any means, but you're blowing your nose and hacking and what have you.

    How do you interact with students?
     
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  3. catnfiddle

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    Apologize profusely, ask students to volunteer to read for you as much as possible, and try to lean into the hallway to do any nose-blowing (if it's especially vile).

    Hang in there!
     
  4. ms.irene

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    Honestly...say home so you don't infect everyone else. (I know, I know, it stinks but that's really the best for everyone!).
     
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  5. rpan

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    I actually tell the students that if they have any affection for me whatsoever that they will be on their best behaviour because I don’t wish to deal with rubbish behaviour when I’m feeling so rubbish. I give them some work or put a video on and let them to it. I try to interact with them as little as possible because it’s not a time for explicit teaching or lots of talking. They are usually pretty good about it.
    One time I was in so much pain I couldn’t even stand up so I gave the students some work and the kids just managed themselves (told each other to shut up when it got too loud) because they could see I was unwell. I made it through 2 lessons had to go to hospital. Kids do have sympathy and common decency and it’s nice to see that they do care.
     
  6. czacza

    czacza Multitudinous

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    This. Seriously. Go home.
     
  7. TeacherNY

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    Minor sniffles is one thing that can be handled by tissues and hand sanitizer. Hacking all over the place is a bit too much.
     
  8. SpecialPreskoo

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    Wear a hazmat suit?
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  9. Ms. I

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    I'd stay home in the first place for sure.
     

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