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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Tuesday Musing Open Thread 5: Beginning of School nightmares

For your consideration: Some of us are so tightly wound that our work life invades even our sleep time. What are some school-related dreams or nightmares that you have had? Mine come back even before the start of the actual school year for extra special torture.

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11 Comments:

At 8/17/10, 7:49 AM, Blogger Mrs. Chili said...

I haven't had an anxiety dream in a while, but when I do, they almost always involve a sort of Groundhog-Day feel; I'll get up, shower, dress, eat, and go to work over and over again before my alarm goes off.

 
At 8/17/10, 8:31 AM, Blogger Ms. George said...

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At 8/17/10, 8:33 AM, Blogger Ms. George said...

When the workmares come, it is time to start back to school prep. Unfortunately for me, my first one this year was in mid-July when I was at my sister's. July is still my time!!!
I had a class of students who didn't listen to me and walked out when the bell rang while I was talking (part of my rules includes an 'I dismiss you, not the bell' clause).

I have also had variations of: getting lost in school (some weird hybrid of my grade school, HS, and college) and being late to my classes, and being told I was now teaching a HS class on Shakespeare (I am a middle school teacher) right before the school day starts.

 
At 8/17/10, 4:48 PM, Blogger Mister Teacher said...

I seem to have a lot of the "nobody is paying any attention to me, and I am screaming myself hoarse" type dreams. At least I don't wake up feeling quite as awkward as when I have the "I'm the only naked person in the classroom" dream...

 
At 8/17/10, 4:58 PM, Blogger Lea said...

My dreams usually involve having to set up my classroom in a totally new school and the room is never your typical 4 walled square. It's usually open so that everyone is always walking through it and it's usually filled with other people's stuff. That or I dream that I have 5 minutes to get to school before the bell rings.

 
At 8/17/10, 9:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My husband's situation is not a dream, but an ongoing nightmare. He has a new principal who declared that he is changing everything (and he isn't kidding). Had all the teachers completely clear their classrooms. My husband, who is credentialed in biology, got assigned 5 periods of chemistry. When he pointed out that he could not teach chem, they switched it back to bio, but moved him into a chemistry room. No microscopes. No specimens. No fridge. No materials at all to teach biology. The principal is refusing to switch him back to his old room.

 
At 8/18/10, 5:43 PM, Blogger "Ms. Cornelius" said...

Mine are the ones where the students totally rebel and refuse to do anything I say. So frustrating!

Or that I keep getting fatter every year-- wait, that one is true. And upon my honor, the word verification says "skinny." Ha ha.

 
At 8/18/10, 9:38 PM, Blogger Lightly Seasoned said...

Thank goodness school started this week so I can quit the teachermares. I swear I haven't been fully clothed in a dream in weeks. Talk about your anxiety archetypes.

(My schedule is hideous this year. 4 preps, classes so big I have kids on the floor... and we supposedly didn't have any cuts!)

 
At 8/18/10, 9:56 PM, Blogger "Ms. Cornelius" said...

Anonymous, I had a friend who found out he wasn't hired back after a state takeover of his district... three weeks before the start of school. They don't give us anything near the materials or assignments we need-- but if anything goes wrong, it's our fault.

 
At 8/19/10, 1:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ms. C. My husband's nightmare is an ongoing one. Now he has to try to convert a chem room into a bio room in 2 weeks. HIS personal stuff is in storage and locked in his old room, which he no longer has the keys to. Every cabinet in the new room is filled with the previous chem teacher's stuff, so he has to try to get ahold of her and get her to come claim it before he can move in. THEN he has to get ahold of all the correct equipment to teach his own subject. His school is year 5 program improvement, so the board brought in a "do or die" principal. So far, 1/4 of the staff transferred out voluntarily, and nearly 1/4 was involuntarily transferred. All the former lead teachers, in every subject area, are now gone. It's a huge ARGH!!!!!

 
At 8/19/10, 8:46 PM, Blogger Polski3 said...

One of my "nightmares" is reality....we were welcomed back by finding out that we will be paying about $350 per month more for our health insurance, which went up about 30%......

and the usual mantras from admin. that we have no money....on memos typed on their new Apple notebook computers.

AND, we are using some new, untested attendance program....which they seemed to find the money for....

 

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