Saturday, August 22, 2015

Teacher Recharge Challenge Week 7 {Time Saving Tips for Teachers, Reduce Stress, Get Organized, Prepare for the New Year}

The focus of this site is to help teachers organize and manage their classrooms. Taking some time during the school vacation to get organized at home can greatly reduce your stress level and make your school days much more relaxed. This series contains "challenges" you can do that will become teacher time savers during the school year.

Challenge #7: Create an Teacher Emergency Kit to Leave at School

When you are in a stressful situation (getting ready to present at open house, welcoming parents to conferences, speaking at a meeting) you do not want to worry about a run in your tights, bad breath or a headache on top of everything else. As teachers things like broken nails or lunch forgotten on the kitchen counter at home can’t slow us down. Therefore, having an “emergency kit” in your classroom desk or closet is essential. 

This week’s Teacher Recharge Challenge is to gather a collection of items to bring to school that will help you in case of emergency...admittedly, a chocolate craving doesn’t warrant a call to 9-1-1, but it certainly will make life better for all parties involved if there is a Hershey Bar available.

  • aspirin
  • feminine products
  • deodorant
  • nail file / nail clippers
  • hair elastics/bobby pins
  • a change of clothes
  • a hairbrush
  • a toothbrush/toothpaste
  • chocolate
  • a can of soup, bowl, spoon and can opener
  • a few non-perishable snack items
  • a bottle of water
  • tissues
  • stain remover
  • a pair of tights/nylons 
  • lint roller
  • change for the vending machine
  • cough drops
  • chapstick
  • safety pin
If you are including aspirin or any other type of medicine be sure to store you container in an area that is not accessible to children.

If you are including food ideas you will want to invest in a container that is "critter proof."

Feel free to post pictures on social media as you complete the challenges. Use #CFCRechargeChallenge. Do you have any other ideas for things to include in a teacher emergency kit? Add them in the comments below.

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