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Monday, July 28, 2008

Teacher Nightmares


I always know when time draws near for school to start again. The nightmare begins. The first one was:
I was at school looking for the classroom for the new class I'm teaching. When I got to the room, the scene was chaotic. Men who looked more like prison inmates than students were standing around the room. A man was at the podium trying to take attendance. No one paid the least attention to him, or to me.

I left. My students were coming down the hallway. They were tiny in comparison to the tough characters in the room behind me, but we couldn't find an empty classroom. Finally I sat down in the corridor and began to hold class.
Last night I had another:
I go to find my office and have to use an elevator. The elevator is erratic and goes first to the 9th floor. Finally it goes down to -3. That's where the office is. I enter and find the tiny, windowless rooms are occupied. There are nurses there who are frantically trying to pack up there things. (Nurses??? Go figure!) I leave and come back the next day.

Next morning the office is freshly painted white. There are two rooms, only one has a desk the other two have beds. I'm trying to figure out how to put a piece of plywood on the bed so I can use it as a desk. Then I discover that the school is across the street. To get there we have to go to the 9th floor, then back down to the 6th, then walk out in the cold for about 20 minutes to get there.

This phenomena of nightmares before school starts is fairly common. At one point I considered doing a research paper on teacher nightmares. Usually mine are about losing control of a classroom: students throwing desks out the window, fighting, paying no attention to me.

I guess this year my anxieties are more focused on where I will be working than how the students will behave or misbehave.
(Just some collegues unfortunate enough to get in view of my camera!)



9 comments:

MyKidsMom said...

Hahaha... I thought only kids had nightmares about school!

I still occasionally have dreams about college. Not getting a paper in on time or some such thing.

Maggie - Mom of Six said...

And my nightmares are the ones where we get to school and nobody is dressed, or we are missing shoes, or we are there on the wrong day!

And, I was so close to getting caught up on the house....but, it still didn't happen! If death waits on the housework to be completely done, I will live forever!

Kellan said...

I come from a long line of teachers - including my sister and dad. I'll have to ask them if they have nightmares right before school starts - very interesting!

Thanks for stopping by my site - so nice to see you. Have a good day - Kellan

Junebug said...

I have that Cafe in Paris Van Gogh print too. My nightmares are all about a huge mansion we own. So many rooms I can't find my way around. I'm always looking for the bathroom. Then the dreams about bathrooms that are nasty and disgusting and I can't find one that is private. Very strange.

Mrs. Darling said...

Yep I recall those nightmares when I use to teach! But oh it is so exciting to get back in the school room, isnt it?

Kyla said...

Hey, I love the new (possibly just to me) header!

truth said...

I just read another blog about someone having weird dreams. I commented that I'd been having them too. I guess we are in good company.

(Whenever I dream about school, I'm a student and naked. Arrgghhh!)

His Girl said...

oh! you're giving me flashbacks! I had these when I was a teacher too!

Why 2nd Cup of Coffee? said...

I wonder what's up with these nightmares? I suspect that they express some of your fears, but mainly they seem to speak to your feeling out of control, or things being "not right." I think those would be legitimate, logical fears rearin their heads when your more rational thinking is on hiatus. OR, it could be the enemy, who doesn't like that a believer is influencing so many kids for Christ. Hang tough.

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