Get ready for fall, and all the change that comes with back to school, the falling leaves, and the refreshing chill in the air! The “Change is in the Air” Blog Series is hosted by Reactine. Share your experiences about the coming fall season in the comments below for your chance to win some great gift certificates – perfect for updating your workplace wardrobe – and learn how to manage your fall seasonal allergies thanks to our friends at Reactine.
School’s starting soon, and that means that work’s starting again for me, too. As a substitute teacher, I usually don’t go to work in the same place for two days in a row. Sometimes I like that about my job: there is a certain thrill in going to a new place every day (if I’m lucky enough to work every day), and I always enjoy getting to know a new group of students and staff when I’m in a new school. Plus, I get most of the perks of being a teacher without the hardest part of the work: the planning, prep and evaluation.
The truth is, though, that there are a lot of challenges in my line of work, too. Many kids will try to take advantage of substitute teachers, and sometimes I find myself stepping into a workplace where the teacher I’m replacing hasn’t prepared well enough for me and I need to improvise more than I’d like. Of course I’ve developed a pretty good bag of tricks for both kinds of situations, but there are still occasionally those days that manage to throw a curveball at me, no matter how well-prepared I am.
Take, for instance, the day that I filled in for a French teacher at a school not far away from where I live. The grade 5/6 homeroom class were a bit rowdy, but I soon had them essentially under control and in order enough to complete the plans their regular teacher had left me. For the last period of the day, however, I was to teach French to a group of grade 4 students from the class next door. The moment they saw me, they were like a group of wild animals. One boy ran around the class, jumping from desk to desk (yes, on top of them) and picked up his classmates pencils, snapping almost all of them in half. While I tried to get him under control (and back on the ground) one of the girls in the class attacked her neighbour with a pencil box. When I took it away from her, she hit me! I sent her to the office, but she refused to move, and tried to give me a fake name. The jig was pretty much up, though, when she didn’t know how to spell the name she had invented for herself. A quick call to the office put a stop to their hijinks, but I will admit to having second thoughts about filling in for that teacher again!
Then there was the time when I went through two boxes of tissues because I was so allergic to the dusty and musty basement classroom I was placed in. My eyes were watering so badly that a few of the girls approached the desk to ask me if I was crying! That was so embarrassing that I learned to take a Reactine before heading out to work every day, just because I never know what kind of environment I’m going to find myself in. I have even found myself in classrooms that still have blackboards and chalk instead of the more common whiteboard and SMARTboard combinations (for the record, SMARTboards are awesome and every classroom should have one).
DON’T LET RAGWEED INTERFERE WITH YOUR BUSY FALL SCHEDULE
Back to school is a busy time of year for families, but the coming of fall is a time of transition beyond just heading back to regular school and work schedules. With the bulking up of daily routines and extracurricular activities, having to deal with allergies is just one more thing that can make the fall season a challenging time. As many know all too well, ragweed runs rampant in the fall months resulting in itchy and watery eyes, runny noses and sneezing.
Whether you’re heading back to school or heading back to the office, these symptoms can often pose as a major distraction, detract from one’s productivity and interfere with daily activities – all things that busy families just don’t have time for!
To help you manage these symptoms and better understand one of the major causes of fall allergy season, here are a few key facts about ragweed and how the whole family can avoid this pesky allergen:
· Many people often mistake goldenrod for ragweed – but the two are very different plants. Goldenrod, with its yellow blooms, is often blamed for causing seasonal allergies, when the unremarkable ragweed plant with its toothed green leaves and small, inconspicuous flowers is the real culprit. Keep on the look-out during quality family outdoor time!
· Ragweed is often found along the road, in fields and vacant lots in urban centres. It’s a stubborn plant and since its pollen can travel for hundreds of kilometres, it’s difficult to avoid.
· Having a good antihistamine on hand is also a must. Non-drowsy options can be most beneficial for moms on the go, like Reactine which can start to work in as little as 20 minutes and lasts a full 24 hours.
· Avoid peak pollen times in the fall, which are generally in the early part of the day. Best to schedule a trip to the park in the afternoon.
While ragweed may be a nuisance, the good news is the suffering will end with the first frost. While we desperately cling on to what is left of the summer months, families suffering from allergies can happily look forward to the first cold night of the year!
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