Nightmare in the classroom
It's back to school time for most of us, which is pretty stressful. One thing making this time of year extra fun-- besides the heat and sometimes lack of air conditioning, the money we will have to spend on supplies for our own rooms even though we are tapped out before the first paycheck, and the like-- is that charming little contribution of our subconscious. You know what I'm talking about: the teacher nightmare.
I'm not talking about NCLB-- no, I mean real nightmares.
There are the classics, of course.
1. The classroom full of kids who openly rebel against you as the teacher until complete pandemonium ensues. A spin-off is the one about the one kid who just won't quit until you appear completely insane. Then there's...
2. You arrive on the first day to find that your assignment has been completely changed, and you are teaching the thing you feel least capable about.
3. You are teaching, teaching teaching, but no one is focused on what you are doing, and you feel completely incompetent.
4. There is some kind of horrible emergency, like a fire or a tornado or an intruder, and you are responsible for a classroom of kids. You shepherd them from the danger, but there's one kid missing....
I have numbers one and four most often. I always wake up sweating at about 3:45 and waste a good hour getting back to sleep after each one of these little fright-fests. By then, it's time to get up, and I go through the day feeling just ducky.
What are some of your common teacher nightmares?
Labels: the teaching life