Tuesday, May 6, 2014

(Not Quite) Wide Awake

The girl waved her hands in the air and then clapped loudly. Huh? I went over to investigate.

"I woke you up," the girl explained.

Woke me? I wasn't asleep.

"Yes you were. Your eyes were closed."

Um, no, they weren't.

I may have been yawning widely, but I wasn't asleep. I really should know better than to start reading a new book before bed on a school night. I can read for hours, even when I need to be up in the morning. And I drag through the next day. But I have never, ever fallen asleep in class.

I've heard horror stories about subs who sleep in class. If I feel like I might nod off, I'll get up and walk around. I anticipate a prep period where I can close my eyes. I whimper and moan to myself. But sleep? Absolutely not.

Soon, the discussion turned into my denying it and her insisting that I had been asleep.

When 8th graders think they're right...

So, I walked away. What was I going to do, write her up for accusing me of sleeping?

24 comments:

  1. I remember going into my boss's office once when I worked for the state and saying, "Oops, sorry to wake you." He said, "Was I snoring?" I laughed and said, "Those are two things you probably shouldn't be asking in an office environment!

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  2. I feel asleep in a meeting and was dreaming of hearing my name in a distance. It turned out to be my boss. Thankfully he was smiling. You never know-maybe you were sleeping but could be for a nano second and the girl saw it.

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  3. I hate/love it when a book is good enough to keep me up long past my bedtime.

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  4. I'm guilty! I'm so overworked that I fall asleep where I sit!

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  5. I know what if feels like to fight to keep my eyes open. I’m pretty sure, when I worked, I nodded off in a boring meeting. Sometimes when it was a slow time, the afternoons seemed to go on forever.

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  6. Books are such teases, enrapturing you with their stories so you can't put them down.

    There's no dealing with eighth graders. They have the maturity of children and the self-righteousness of teenagers. At least that's how I remember things.

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  7. A sub falling asleep in a room full of 8th graders is never a good idea. They are vicious at times. I learned that teaching them for a few years.

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    1. I know! Which is why I would never. *Shudder*

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  8. I'm the same way with a good book; don't want to put it down and then drag through the next day. That's when the extra cup or two of coffee gets consumed. Closest I ever came to going to sleep in a place where I shouldn't have was when I did jury duty this past year. The testimony right after lunch was from the technician who had analyzed all the cell phone records and was testifying about how he knew this particular cell phone as part of the crime was where the crime was being committed. It was such boring testimony pretty much everyone in the jury had trouble staying awake; I remember pinching myself lightly to keep my eyes open. Thankfully after his testimony the judge excused us (she must have realized we looked like zombies) and everyone raced down to get coffee, LOL :)

    betty

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  9. I fell asleep at work once, back when I was an overnight front desk clerk at a hotel. I was supposed to make coffee in the morning for the guests (not to mention place a wake-up call or two...) and was poked awake by those guests instead. They made their own coffee, and didn't report me to my boss. Best guests ever!

    But yeah, arguing with a 8th grader who thinks she's right is a daunting task.

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  10. I wouldn't dare fall asleep in front of my class. I'd wake up glued to the seat or something! I bet you were asleep Liz :)

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    1. See, I knew you all would think that! I wasn't. If I was, I wouldn't have blogged about it, that's for sure.

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  11. Your stories make me thankful I don't have kids.

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  12. Doh! LOL. I've got a 13 year old, and really arguing is futile. They know everything. *sigh*

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  13. hahah!! That is funny about her thinking that she caught you in the act!!

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  14. Oh, my, they sure think they know everything, don't they? Or see everything. Yeah, walking away was the best choice, Liz.

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  15. Yeah, you did the right thing walking away. You weren't going to win that one -- her real goal was probably just to get attention.

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    1. Perhaps. Although, attention she did get.

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  16. Want to bet this kid has told everyone? Want to bet you'll hear about it from a teacher tomorrow? Hilarious story.

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  17. Very funny! All you could do is walk away, but I bet you do hear about it again. I can't imagine you'd dare fall asleep in front of a class of middle-schoolers no matter how tired you were.

    VR Barkowski

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  18. lol, I had a job once, where I had my own office and nodded off on a regular basis (darn those awesome books), but when I got shifted out into the pool of PHD students to make room for the Project Manager, that had to stop...ooopppssss :)

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