“Teaching While Sleep-Deprived” Wednesday February 15, 2017

ch891022I did not sleep well last night. I had trouble falling asleep and then I was restless and couldn’t tell if I was awake or asleep. It was awful. My alarm almost made me cry.

And teaching while tired is the worst. I was buzzing from energy drinks but those just made me twitchy.

I had very little patience for bullshit and I was really hard on several of my students for talking. One student raised her hand to tell some stupid story that had nothing to do with anything we were doing and I sort of lost it. “Do you really feel like that comment was helpful to the class? Why did you feel it was so urgent to tell us that? Now you’ve just wasted everybody’s time. This goes for everyone, if you don’t have something to say about this current lesson then just keep it to yourself.”

Not cool, Miss S. And Tyrese was a lost cause today. I basically told him that he doesn’t have to do any work as long as he isn’t disruptive to the rest of the class. I was giving him a free pass today. I wasn’t going to force him to work as long as he just kept quiet. He did not keep quiet. He continued to yell and argue about bullshit. He kept playing with his sweatshirt so I took it away from him and then he just started whining about how I’m always taking his stuff, blah, blah, blah. He was trying to spin his sweatshirt around like a towel to snap people with it. It’s not like he needed it.

It was a very long day. And as for Johnny: he texted me a couple of times today. He was asking if I was free this weekend. I gave very short, non-committed responses. I’m still thinking “us” over.


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