You know you have teacher’s block when…
…student reports were due 12 hours ago and you’re still staring at the blank spaces on your computer screen with absolutely no motivation to type ANYTHING.
…the vocabulary words you’re required to teach that week BORE you.
…there’s a stack of unmarked test papers on your desk that needed to be marked last week.
…you find it more entertaining to put all the students in time out rather than teach them anything.
…you don’t bother explaining the question to the poor kid so you just continually send him back to his desk to correct his mistakes until he finally copies another student’s work and returns with the correct answer.
…class started 5 minutes ago, and you’re still sitting on the toilet. Not because you need to. But because the bathroom stall is the only safe and peaceful place right now.
…you’re calling ALL OF YOUR STUDENTS by the wrong name.
…you waste class time arguing with your students about fat people and exercise and spending money.
…you hand over white board (or chalkboard) and white board marker (or chalk) to your smartest student and tell the kids to play Hangman. You watch them play this ALL period.
…you’re starting class 5 minutes late and dismissing class 5 minutes early.
The best thing about teacher’s block? It’s never a problem on the weekends. Or during vacation. Or on days off. And THAT is a beautiful thing.