• 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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    Gweru, Zimbabwe
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    Madrid, Spain
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    Saint Paul, MN
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Wednesday: Learning About Germs

Today in school teaching my kindergartners, the most valuable thing that I learned about was germs (and how important it is to take precautions to protect against them at school!).  After I woke up at 5:30, the first thing I did was check the online Startrib for some of the day’s news.  On the front page, there was another story about the flu virus, and how it sadly claimed the life of a ninth grade girl just yesterday.  I was sad to learn that the number of cases in Minnesota has skyrocketed, and there have already been about ten confirmed deaths from it.  Better bring the hand sanitizer with to class the rest of the semester.  It’s a war zone in there!  I didn’t even realize how true this statement would be until the day started.

The day began just like any other.  I arrived a couple minutes early to my classroom, took down the stacked chairs from the tables, and began doing some early morning prep before the kiddos arrived to the room.  After my master teacher showed up, she informed me that our neighboring kindergarten teacher was struck with the flu and had been ill all morning (case #1).  She wouldn’t be coming in today and her sub didn’t arrive until after class had started.  Once the students came and took their seats, we also realized that one child (who has been gone on and off for about a week) also had come down with the flu (case #2).  We had been exposed to her germs when she came in the few days last week.  Great!  Then, to add to the pile, by the end of the day, our other neighboring kindergarten teacher went home from school extremely ill and my master teacher herself was feeling under the weather (possible cases #3 and #4).  What does this mean for my future?  It’s not looking so hot!

I can’t even explain to you in words how often today I ended up using my hand sanitizer!  The moral of the story is, however, to protect yourself against germs everywhere you go.  The flu virus is strong right now, as are many other viruses and infections, and is important to use proper precautions to avoid coming down with these yucky ailments.  Drink lots of water, get some vitamin c, wash your hands OFTEN, and above all, ensure that you are allowing yourself to get enough rest.  Don’t go out with friends or the public if you don’t feel good and let yourself relax until you feel better again.  No one wants to feel like that, so don’t spread it! 

Hope everyone who is sick feels better and soon, and if you are still feeling good, keep up healthy habits!

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