As self-employed teachers we simply can't afford to get sick. Most of us don't have the luxury of taking a sick day unless we want to be faced with a stream of phone calls, emails and make-up lessons.
So starting this week, Vitamin C is part of the daily routine, and I will remind students to wash their hands before lesson time. I buy a stack of face cloths for students to dry their hands on so I don't end up with a soggy towel at the end of each day.
Back in 2007 Rick Mercer was poking fun at the extremes of avoiding germs, but these days students have learned that coughing into their sleeve is appreciated. Enjoy the silly video (Canadians love Rick Mercer!) and you just wouldn't believe who did the music.
Maybe some of you would like to share your studio policies and I'd like to know if anyone is successfully using Skype to help deal with sick days. Wishing you all a healthy Fall teaching season.