Iâ€™m a believer that images from a nightâ€™s sleep can provide insight into daytime thoughts, so itâ€™s always been interesting to me that so many teachers report having similar dreams â€” or, in many cases, similar nightmares.
With the help of my yellowed copy of Tony Crispâ€™s Dream Dictionary and conversations with a few colleagues, Iâ€™ve prepared a completely unscientific, nonresearch-based guide to images from common teacher nightmares. Donâ€™t be surprised if you recognize some of the scenarios below.
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 oneâ€™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 â€” or arenâ€™t â€” wearing in this type of dream, itâ€™s probably your inner teacher clock saying, â€śHey, start thinking about whether youâ€™re ready for your first day back!â€ť