It's really hard to gauge when someone is not feeling well.
Unless I see blood or tears, it's truly hard to tell.
Most of time ... I try to buy some time (or give them a band aid).
It works like a charm.
"My leg hurts" - Have a seat and tell me if it still hurts in 5 minutesYou get the idea.
"My tummy hurts" - Get a drink of water
"I don't feel good" - Try going to the bathroom
"I have a cut" - Let me get out my microscope to see
"I bumped my arm" - Here ... take this ice pack (yes, I keep ice packs in my class)
"I fell during recess" - Be sure to tell the recess teacher when that happens
I was pleased to know that I'm not the only one that does this when injuries are not-so-obvious.
After lunch recess today, two of my girls came up to me and said, "We fell during recess."
Before I could say any of my buying-time phrases, one of the girls quickly said, "The recess teacher says we should go back to our classroom and sit down."