Teachers feel it too. We’re not evaluated in the same way, but we have report cards to write, summatives + exams to mark, parents to call, families to care for, and these pesky interruptions called classes.
It’s important as educators, and students, that we view the clock with an opportunistic perspective. It shouldn’t make us anxious, or irritated (although it’s scientifically proven that I’m a zombie until I’ve had a coffee each morning). If you decide to become engaged, get excited for each day, the clock won’t haunt you—at least in the same way.
Don’t get me wrong, I still have to prod some students awake at 8:20 am each morning (sometimes I’m amazed that I’m awake), and other students still need a carrot dangled in front of them. However, if you’re a teacher dreading this time of year, take a moment to reflect and consider giving students more choice. If you’re a student, trapped in a drab, grey classroom, take the initiative and tell your teacher about your awesome idea. What’s the worst that could happen? If they say no, you can still do it on your own time.