Thank you, Andrew Paulson via Pinterest for this little gem!
If I were to write a list of rules for teachings in Bush Alaska, it might go a little something like this:
Rules and Tips for Teachers in Bush Alaska, 2012
- The Noah’s Ark Rule: It’s better to come in two by two than single. Bring along a mate to help make the transition of lifestyle go more smoothly.
- Your dance card should be full of more than just trips to school, the store, and the post office.
- Daylight Savings Time only applies to your clock, not actual daylight. Hence, the Spring season will fill your life and bedroom full of light after 10pm. Good luck with keeping a normal sleep schedule.
- Loitering at the school on the weekend is normal.
- Be prepared to see your coworkers – A LOT!
- Expeditions outside of your district will require a full day of travel; there is no way around this, so pack accordingly.
- If it ain’t four-wheel drive, prepare to dig it out of a snow bank.
- Your neighbors are your lifeline – treat them well.
- Know how to bake at least one really delicious treat for numerous food-requiring days, and helpful neighbors. (See rules #6 and #7)
- Ditch the 21st century. Your appreciation of high speed internet and cell phone service will decline proportionately to the amount of time you spend teaching in Bush Alaska.
- Basketball is life – learn at least the basic rules to keep up with the conversation.
- Save your money on fancy haircuts, brand-name clothes, and designer shoes. This money will be better spent on purchasing groceries and shipping rates for school supplies.
- Ditch all vices. Living in the same community as your students puts you in a fishbowl. Set a good example, even on Facebook.
- New Dress Code: Out with the Gap, in with Columbia and North Face.