It’s that time of the year again (seemingly earlier this year), when germs are being shared, we are all contagious, and as great teachers and students we go to school anyways and share it all. I’m pretty sure I have been contagious since last Thursday, but come on it’s way too early for sub plans and that kind of nonsense. If I’m not tossing cookies and do not feel like I’ve been hit by a truck, I’m spreading the love.
As teachers we need to be contagious.
Not the germ-y, cookie tossing, flu stopping kind of contagious that we try to obsessively erase from every desk, door knob or writing utensil.
We need to be contagious with our emotions, with our zeal for learning and desire to succeed, with our acceptance and love for our students. We need to be contagious for our students and colleagues.
We need to make our classrooms and schools infectious learning communities in which students feel accepted and comfortable. We need to be so contagious and infectious that our students want to learn, enjoy learning, and grow.
Being contagious goes both ways though, we know this. We can’t get caught up in the negativity, the politics, the everything else because that is just as contagious, if not more.
We might think that these negative feelings and attitudes that we keep to ourselves are not contagious, that we are not spreading them, but we know this isn’t true. If we let this negativity spread, it just keeps going and can infiltrate everything, it spreads fast just like the stomach bug at the end of a marking period. All of that junk is straight up germs, and just like cookie tossing, something we shouldn’t want in our classroom. We shouldn’t be feeding this inside our classroom, or inside of us.
We need to make sure we are being contagious and spreading the good “germs”, the optimism, the joy, the spirit, the learning, the acceptance, the everything.
So as we start this germ-y season, be contagious.
it all stacks up.
Enthusiasm is contagious. Be a carrier. -Susan Rabin
Attitudes are contagious. Are yours worth catching? -Dennis and Wendy Mannering