|Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.5 No.9||September 2008|
|Cover Story by Hal Portner|
|High Quality Teaching:|
The Intangible Element
|The cornerstone of quality education in our schools is what happens between teacher and student.|
|Harry & Rosemary Wong: Effective Teaching|
|It Was Something Close to a Miracle|
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|»||"Getting to Know Each Other"Activities, part 2Leah Davies|
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|»||Using a Butterfly Analogy to Explain the Hierarchy of Social DevelopmentMarvin Marshall|
|»||The Busy Educator's Monthly FiveMarjan Glavac|
|»||Dear Barbara - Advice for SubsBarbara Pressman|
|»||The First Day of Hell? and Still No Job! How Do I Stay Positive?Kioni Carter|
|»||The Music, Movement, and Learning Connection|
|»||Notes And Quotes From My Summer Reading|
|»||Chinese Royalty and Cedar Wood, The History of the Pencil|
|»||Teaching and Stress: Symptoms and Cures|
|»||September 2008 Writing Prompts|
|»||Learning About Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)|
|»||Donna’s Lesson Plan Files For Music Teachers|
|»||A Teaching Guide for The Secret Life of Hubie Hartzel|
|»||Printable Worksheets & Teaching Aids|
|»||Ineffective teachers? and Laura Bush's speech on July 28|
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|»||Today Is... Daily Commemoration for September 2008|
|»||Live on Teachers.Net: September 2008|
|»||The Lighter Side of Teaching|
|»||Apple Seeds: Inspiring Quotes for Teachers|
|»||Peanut Free School?|
|»||HELP! First Time Teaching Kindergarten!|
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Peanut Free School?
Because of a student's life threatening allergy, your school must now be peanut-free. How do you accommodate the student's needs? The following discussion took place on a Teachers.Net chatboard and contains helpful tips and information for educators facing this challenge. With related video.
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September 1, 2008
From Teachers.Net Kindergarten Chatboard
I know there are several people who are in peanut-free schools. How do you handle this with parents? I understand that this is a life and death situation for this child; however, it is so hard to get parents to understand this. It is frustrating. Absolutely no peanut products can be brought into the school.
Posted by Jacque/WA/K-1/nbct 2006
We had to check lunches and snacks frequently until everyone realized that they had to read labels on everything. I had to have everyone wash hands with baby wipes constantly. Luckily, the child I had never had a reaction.
Be careful on field trips too. I had a parent that thought it would be okay to bring it on a field trip since she didn't have that child in her car... Hello, what if a car breaks down and I have to shuffle children into other cars? Someone could get sick and not be able to drive home… teachers have to be prepared for all kinds of scenarios.
Luckily they just declared my room peanut free not the whole school although that might have been easier.
Posted by check snack wrapper ingredients :-)
I just kept a stash of stuff that was peanut free. Then I sent the peanut item home with a cute nice oops note with a smiley face (I printed off a bunch of them to have on hand).
Kids showed me their snacks & lunchboxes swiftly each morning as they checked in. They were so proud of helping a friend! Fortunately the allergy-type ingredients are required to be listed in boldface on the wrappers. This made it way easier than I thought it would be. I just had to wear my reading glasses.
Some things like M&Ms and yogurt-coated raisins have been processed in a plant that processes peanuts. Surprise. Ditto our supermarket-made cookies.
Our cafeteria sometimes made very rare mistakes. I learned to positively and tactfully quietly check. I'm used to gently looking out for no-pork diets for our Muslim kids and cheerfully intercepting strawberry stuff for a wistful kid with a strawberry allergy ... so my radar is pretty comfortable.
Peanut butter is such an easy lunch that I can (almost) sympathize with parents who are addicted to packing it for school and huffed that they need to keep it at home.
Peanut butter is great stuff. But there are lots of other things kids need to learn to eat to be healthy, and milk rounds out the protein needs. It is also important for them to enjoy helping some friends who need help.
Lots of time to eat peanut butter at home--and wash their hands before coming to school.
Posted by Susan
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Posted by June/NY on 8/08/08
Posted by Sherry C
A related video: