The Art of Napping in the Life of a Primary School Teacher
Its just about a week since you've been back in the classroom. You probably feel like you've never been away, and as such, wonder how summer could feel so far away, even though its just 8 days or so.
One of the biggest things that hits me once I return to school, is the tiredness. That ALL OVER BODY tiredness. An example of what it looks like is falling into bed at 4pm after school and barely getting up again until the next morning. Not everyone is lucky to be able to sleep off the back-to-work, running after children, peeling play-dough off tables, sitting through meetings, smiling widely at home-time tiredness, some teachers just have to take naps!
NAPS - the equivalent of heaven when planned and executed well.
There are various types of the nap, in my opinion. And I want to go through them!
(Side note) If our INTO Membership cards had money off those amazing pillows in Brown Thomas, I think you would have many more teachers happy to pay their dues!
The after school napper? You get in from school wrecked, no time for the kettle, you don't even unpack your bags, you just slide under the duvet, clothes still on for "5 minutes" and ZZZZZZZzzzzz
The post-dinner napper? You've just finished dinner, and probably eaten it quiet early because you were starving, you decided to sit down to watch the news....and zZZZZZ
The accidental napper? You sit down on the bed maybe folding some clothes or to take the weight off, then before you know it, you decide you will just rest lying down....ZZZZzzzzz
The stubborn napper? This is where you refuse to nap or take a break, you sit down up right reading the paper, or watching some TV and before you know it ZZZzzzzzz
The promising napper? These are the naps where you say to yourself, a quick nap, then I will go to the gym or make my lunches for the week, you basically negotiate with yourself so you can nap
The huh what, where am I napper? These are the worst and best naps.... when you fall asleep at a friends house! They look bemused at you, and your ability to fall asleep randomly!
Maybe you just don't get to nap, and thats fine, maybe you get to bed a little earlier than me. But something I will always associate with teaching are the Naps!