Tuesday, January 31, 2012

My Teaching Nightmare

Last night I had a bad dream.  Not just a bad dream…a nightmare. 

It isn’t too often that I can remember my dreams, but this one stuck with me like a piece of Velcro (I have been shopping for school supplies, can you tell?).

In this dream I had volunteered to be the club sponsor for a small group Chorus type activity.  So yes, I guess I was like Mr. Schuester in Glee.  Joy.  My motivation behind this was surely the goal of making myself “indispensable” at my school so they simply must keep me next year.  :] 

Unfortunately, the group was OUT OF CONTROL.  Like, full-out fighting.  I very much pride myself on not losing my temper, but I was actually yelling at the kids.  And they wouldn’t stop!  So the whole dream essentially consisted of kids yelling, me yelling, and the decibel level continually reaching new heights.

That's dream Abby losing her mind.

The dream ended as we were going to a performance and I felt 110% overwhelmed.  What a nasty, yucky dream.

Classroom management is not my strong point and I’m always working to improve it.  This dream hit a little too close to my real teaching fears—I definitely did not like it.  Hopefully it wasn’t a prophetic dream…

What is your teaching “nightmare”?  And how are you working on it?  I’m working on classroom management by reading all of these great teaching blogs, observing master teachers, and asking tons of questions.  My goal is to be great at classroom management in the next couple years (although I know I’ll always be able to learn and grow). 

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  1. oh my gosh i dream about work ALL the time, abby! i think it's because when i come home i always try to leave work at work and not talk about it or think about it and i think it just overflows into my dreams.

    my biggest nightmares happened during conferences. it was a week of dreaming about each parent getting mad at me about something i wrote or said or assessed. it was bad.

    i'm enjoying this teacher blog! :)

    1. I have THE HARDEST time leaving work at work. How do you do it? There are so many days when I just want to forget about it until I get to school the next morning, but sometimes it seems impossible.

      And I'm pretty sure during conference week I'll have some more nightmares to share with you guys. :]

  2. I have had dreams about the class being out of control too! Hate that! I'm your newest follower, :)
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  3. My recent nightmare was they replaced my "cubbies" (3 sided tall desks-- ISS remember!) with long lab tables- so all the kids were able to sit next to each other and yell... and they over booked my room. Awful!

    1. YIKES! That sounds insane. I think I would have cried!

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