- Tissue monitor, this student insists on getting me a tissue every time I sniffle.
- Baby wipe monitor, this students gets me a baby wipe at any sign of messy hands.
- Heater monitor, this student turns on and off the heater as needed.
- Sanitation monitors, these students are in charge of keeping the floor litter free.
- Lost object finder, when ever I misplace an item this student searches for it. Wish I had one of these at home.
- Dropped object picker upper, since bending over is a problem, it's great to have someone pick things up for me.
I could go on, but you get the picture. Each of these jobs was student generated, and teacher appreciated. The students are learning about helping others and taking pride in a job well done.
My lesson: It's ok to ask for help, even from a five year old, it makes them feel needed and important.
I realize I'm very fortunate to be able to work and have POTS. Many of my friends with dysautonomia can't, which has given me an appreciation for every day that I can work. I walk into my classroom every day aware that this could be the last year I'm able to work. Working each day as if it could be your last definately changes your attitude. I have never enjoyed working as much as I do this year.
Always inspired, and grateful to work,