I’m sitting on a little green stool in front of my class of Year One students preparing to read them Possum Magic. I adjust the book on its stand and go to pick up my reading wand that’s filled with glitter. I cast my eyes over the room, preparing my reading voice, when I notice it.
From the corner of the blue carpet that’s surrounded by tiny tables and tiny chairs.
I let it pass, I finish the book and the Fruit Break bell rings. I call Sarah* to the front of the room as she steps up to me with her hat on her head, popper and fruit in one hand, still scratching with the other. I ask her to lean in closer and that’s when I’m certain. Nits. I see them and all of a sudden I know I’m in for a tricky chat with Sarah’s mum at the school gate at 3pm about how we deal with the itchy problem.
When it comes to teachers, it’s fair to say your child’s life revolves around them, particularly in their early years. And when we’re spending six hours (sometimes more) a day in a classroom, on the playground, on the sporting field or in an auditorium together, it’s safe to say we notice things. We notice LOTS of things. Head lice, as you can see, is just one of them. Worms is another!
Here are some of the other things teachers notice about your kids that you sometimes don’t:
1. Scratching, oh, the scratching.
Now I know we just covered head scratching in the form of nits. But if you’re a parent, you will know all too well not all scratches are created equal and there are lots of other types. So let’s get straight to the point. Bum scratching. Yes, there’s no nice way around it. When a line of 25 students is assembled that’s most often when you’ll notice it. You see, it’s easy to pick up movements when all the kids are in a nice straight line and sometimes this can indicate a child has worms.
Yep, that’s an awkward one to bring up with mum or dad. So I advise parents to keep Combantrin chocolate squares in their cupboard at home when moments like these strike. It’s a great form of treatment.
Who said teaching wasn’t fun?