• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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Getting Unsick…Fast!

I woke up this morning feeling not very good.  I have a sore throat, congested, and feel groggy to boot.  This comes as no major surprise, since I was beginning to feel ill early in the week.  Of course, I had a couple days of feeling pretty good (which gave me some unnecessary hope!), and now the hammer has finally fallen.  Getting sick in a kindergarten classroom (while it is altogether pretty predictable…that classroom is filled with germs!), it is pretty much a death sentence when you’re a teacher and you get sick.  You can’t have the same enthusiasm and excitement when you’re teaching lessons and, worst of all, you don’t have the energy required to continuously monitor your students and end disputes as usual.

So how do we fix this minor disaster?  Well, let’s go down the list:

  • First, sleep is usually the most common recommendation for kicking colds and viruses.  However, I have to work everyday from 7 in the morning to at least 3:30 in the afternoon, regardless of how I feel.  Hence, when I get home in the afternoons, I should be resting on the couch and trying to do my planning in as low key way as possible. 
  • Second, drinking or taking in extra vitamin c is a great way to build up the immune system.  Orange juice, Airborne, and Vitamin C tablets will be my best friends the next couple of days!
  • Third, eating right.  Soup soup soup soup, soup soup soup soup.  Maybe a couple of crackers in there, too!
  • Fourth, dressing appropriate for the weather.  I can almost guarantee this was one cause for me getting sick (thanks to our bitter cold week last week!).  Bundle up extra good and make sure that you are comfortable in every environment.
  • Fifth, and perhaps most important, relax!  I have been completely stressed for the last month straight, including times when I am on break from school!  This is not healthy, I know, and it is vital that I get my mind on other things to allow my body a break from the tension and anxiety.  Puzzles, television, drawing, stretching/yoga.  All good for a healthy mind.

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