These events made my husband and I think about our lives and what we would do in an emergency. I like to be prepared as much as possible. Just like we have fire drills in school, each ship has a life boat drill before we can leave the port. Whenever we are in a port, my husband and I arrange for a spot where we will meet in case we are separated. I hope that I will never need to do this, but I’m ready in case it happens.
When I give a presentation, I try to play the “What if…” game and prepare for technology not to work or leaving my notes at home, just in case. I don’t want this to happen but if it does, at least I won’t panic. The same went for my lessons. What if I get observed or if the whole class doesn’t understand the concept? What if I don’t have enough worksheets? What if a student causes a disruption? What if the light fixture drops out of the ceiling (this really did happen in one of my classes)?
I have done things where I did not have an emergency back up plan and wished I did but at least now from my previous experiences, I can be better prepared. I have planned a wonderful field trip where I took my class hiking in the mountains. The night before my paraprofessional had a car wreck and I had to decide what to do next. Luckily I found a sub who was willing to go hiking with us or we would have had to cancel the trip. We also took the students to an amusement park and we “lost” a student because he failed to show up at the assigned time. It is events like this that make me realize that I need to be prepared for the “what ifs”.
What kinds of things do you do to prepare for an emergency?
Original image: 'Iberia' http://www.flickr.com/photos/93017481@N00/140524467by: César González Palomo