A Novel Way to Catch Some Shuteye


If you sit in the teacher’s room, you might think that the students’ goals, besides learning, are to frustrate and confuse the teacher. The truth is, more often than not, I really think they are trying to entertain me.

If you’ve read this blog for some time, you have probably read about my students and there strange ways to eat kit kats (here and here), or more recently the use of chopsticks to eat a muffin. However, that is only a smidgen (never thought I would use that word in a blog post) of the entertainment that I often get.

It is only the rarest of students who manages to fall asleep during class–and usually they manage to do it repeatedly. The excuse is often something to do with all-night partying or all-night online sessions with friends back home or all-night binge watching some program on Netflix.  I’ve always been good at shrugging, and this has only given me greater practice.

While a student falling asleep during class is rare, during break time, a scant 15 minutes at that, it is practically a sport. I don’t know how many times I have come back from my 15 minutes (travel time up several flights of stairs and a bathroom break included in that paltry quarter of an hour) to find students heads on desks or reclining across several chair, eyes closed and in dreamland.

For today’s perfect moment, I wanted to share a picture I took on Friday of one student’s novel approach to shutting out the world while catching a few zzz’s. In case it isn’t clear, the coat is on backwards and the hood is covering the face.  I alone, and none of the other students, was concerned about a possible suffocation risk.  All I got were classic eye rolls when I mentioned it.

I wonder if this student tried that on the airplane while traveling to Canada.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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13 Responses to A Novel Way to Catch Some Shuteye

  1. Bryan Fagan says:

    I remember doing this. I had a way of ‘zoning’ with my eyes open and actually felt refreshed afterwards. Probably best not to share that with your students. 🙂

  2. Bullet-point replies: (1) Four across the floor, freaky way to eat a Kit Kat! (I prefer a log at a time and single thin layer at a time starting from the top); (2) If only more Americans used chopsticks to eat muffins and everything else, would cut way down on their obesity! Anyways, a muffin with chopsticks doesn’t seem strange, in fact makes sense for reasons stated and others; (3) “flight of stares” … my eyes weep; it’s “stairs.” (4) Hoodies are a useful invention. They conceal from acts of innocence (sleeping, zoning-out, blocking light to rest eyes) to acts of maliciousness (theft, attacks, terrible violence). In fact, I’m surprised America’s Looney-Tunes Libs haven’t campaigned to make hoodies illegal!

    • Anthony says:

      I do appreciate your proofreading skills. I have made many terrible mistakes that I have failed to catch.
      Normally, I would let your comment about politicians making hoodies illegal as I can get the joke about politicians pushing too far into the lives of people and going to far in their reactions. However, because you chose to utilize the Trump method of branding someone with a nickname, hoping it will stick rather than winning someone over with a comprehensive argument. So, no those liberals (a term which doesn’t hold much water with me because these democrats aren’t really liberal enough) aren’t busy trying to ban hoodies. Instead they are, hopefully, too busy working on getting rid of bump stocks, and weapons that aren’t needed when not on the field of battle.
      Take solace, the knife lobby has learned valuable lessons from the NRA and soon knives will be competing with guns for which can cause the most carnage.

      • Sorry, that wasn’t jist of joke. And I simply don’t talk politics at blogs, preferring wordsmithing and language matters. More productive, rewarding, personal plus any disagrerment or debate can be resolved by going to a definitive authority (i.e., dictionary, grammar texts, principles of language use, etc.).

      • Anthony says:

        That sounds fair. Oh, and I get to return the favour (Canadian spelling) ……. disagreement.

  3. Heide says:

    I’ve seen lots of strange things both on airplanes and in classrooms, but this one takes the cake. May try it on my next trip, though — pretty darned clever!

  4. Hunida says:

    Lol! I used to fall asleep in class so easily. I’m surprised to hear it’a a rare thing.

  5. disagrerment / Disagreement … Oh, I caught the typo! Immediately after it posted, of course. I’m not the deft typist on a tiiiiiiny phone screen that I am on a standard keyboard, that is for sure. And didn’t feel it was worth more tiny-screen time to repost typo correction. On the laptop, I would have. 🙂

  6. That’s “not the deft TWO-THUMBED typist!” … tiiiiny phone screens … only place where even delicate girl thumbs become bear claws, I swear!

  7. Hey, thought you’d like to know that our dialogue inspired today’s post!
    Incidentally, better said bear paws than claws (since adjusted).

  8. Mist amusing! I need to try this, though I do use a sleep mask when there’s light in the morning and I went to go back to bed. I remember drooling on my desk as a high school senior napping in protest of how stupid trigonometry and algebra were on more than one occasion. Your post brought me back and gives insight into your days as a teacher. Young brains are still growing and screen time is a big problem for sleep. What’s the answer besides “just turn it off”?

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