Teacher Appreciation Day

Happy Teacher Appreciation Day and Week to all of my fellow educators!  Because I am a busy teacher creature and things are just insane toward the end of the year, I don't have a whole lot of time to write today, but I wanted to share one of the adventures I've experienced in my first year of teaching.

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When you "sign up" to become a teacher, you know you're going to have to play many roles: teacher, friend, parent, cheerleader, colleague, employee, and more. But if you're lucky you might not have to play the role I've played twice so far this year: paramedic.

I've witnessed a seizure maybe once before, but it wasn't until about two months ago that I had to be "in charge" during one. And just last week, I made my first phone call to 911 for the same girl (who had just received open heart surgery two weeks prior) during a field trip. It's a weird feeling, being completely unqualified for such a task, but noticing the basic instincts kick in.

I remain calm. I remove the other students. I make the phone calls. I move away any harmful objects. I reassure. I give the real EMTs space. I continue on as normal.

It isn't until later that my body and brain catch up to each other.

I'm blessed to be part of a profession that, while it can involve a lot of disillusionment, has the overarching goal of keeping students safe. And while I wish the circumstances didn't occur, I'm glad to know that I am innately "prepared" for chaos. Even if I can't do much but stay calm.

I hope all of my fellow educators feel the love today! You are all amazing! Thank you for what you do. Without you, I wouldn't be a teacher today.

Check out my other teacher-related posts:

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