my back to school dreaming reached an all-time low last night. Generally, those nightmares fall into certain categories (see my previous post). But last night’s….not good at all.
I teach second grade now, but for the first 12 or so years of my career, I taught kindergarten. Then, I spent about 14 years as a first grade teacher. This is important information to have to truly understand this dream. Because in this dream, I find out the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL that I’m no longer teaching second grade. In this dream, I’ve been moved back to first grade. But when I meet my new first graders, they are really 5 year olds. So, I open my bag of kindergarten teaching tricks, and it’s empty. As in, I’ve completely forgotten how to teach anything but second grade. And I have NO IDEA what I’m doing. I can’t remember what this age group needs to learn, how to manage them, how to speak to them, nada. And therefore, the first day is a disaster. I was tres glad to wake up this morning, and that says a lot. I’d rather sleep in than almost anything.
If you’re a parent reading this blog, don’t worry. This is NOT GOING TO HAPPEN! It was just a dream, and not one that’s likely to come true.
You’d think that I’d have had a different sort of dream last night, seeing as today I’m taking my daughter back to college. But once a teacher, always a teacher. Or some such.