Have you ever felt guilty for calling in a substitute teacher (or TOC as they are called in our district) because you had a headache, felt sniffly or just felt all around worn out? Well don’t! I am sitting comfortably on my couch right now with my cozy blanket and my warm little dog beside me writing my first ever blog. Today I am at home because I took a much needed sick day! The nature of our job as teachers is working around thousands of germs!!! It’s okay to take a sick day! When I first started teaching I always felt so guilty for taking a sick day. Then, when I was pregnant with my first and had to go to appointments or take a day here or there due to the pregnancy, I soon realized that it’s okay to take care of yourself! Your students will be fine with a substitute teacher! It is healthy for them to be flexible and adjust to different personalities and teaching styles. It is only one day…or even if it’s 2 or 3, they will survive. Trust me. The most important thing is to take care of you so you have the energy and the enthusiasm to do your job and do it well. Your students deserve your best! So take care of you and when needed, take a sick day!