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Analyzing teachers’ dreams: An unscientific guide

 Everybody has had a version of the dream where you show up to school (or work) in your bathrobe (if, that is, you are wearing clothes at all). It turns out, according to teacher Roxanna Elden, teachers commonly have the same sorts of dreams, or, rather,  nightmares.

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 And in this article published in Pi Lamda Theta’s Educational Horizons magazine, Elden interprets them without the benefit of a single bit of data, research or evidence. She teaches high-school English in Miami and is a National Board Certified Teacher. She has written on this blog on various subjects including: “The worst of best practices,” and “A teacher’s translation guide for policymakers.”

Here’s one dream, with Elden’s interpretation:

You show up to work in a bathrobe/your pajamas/the clothes you went out in last night.
Teachers usually report having this dream not only in August, but a few nights before the end of any break. According to the Dream Dictionary, being undressed in a dream represents vulnerability and the fear that one’s weaknesses are exposed. Ragged or inappropriate clothes can represent feelings of inadequacy. Both of these relate to the fear that you are unprepared. Whatever you are — or aren’t — wearing in this type of dream, it’s probably your inner teacher clock saying, “Hey, start thinking about whether you’re ready for your first day back!”

Some of the other dreams she interprets are:

You are already running late. Then you get lost on your way to school.

Your subject or grade level has been changed at the last minute.

Your classroom is in the cafeteria, an open field, or an irregularly shaped room where you can’t see all of your students, and they can’t hear anything you say.

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Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.



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