the teacher brain

I think I finally have it.


I know I have it, because I can't sleep.

It never lets me sleep.

I lay in bed at night, wide awake, thinking of things for my class.

Thinking of new ideas for art projects, phonics games, math...

I know that it is a blessing and a curse.

But I need my sleep!

I am so tired.

Does it ever go away?

The Teacher Brain.

I have tried melatonin.

 I have tried counting sheep.

But, I still lie in bed wide awake.


Everything leads me back to my first graders.

If only they knew how much I thought about them.

How much I care about them.

How invested I am in their education.

Maybe they would listen better in class?

Maybe they would try harder on their assignments?


The Teacher Brain is now a part of who I am.

Now I know why teachers are "underpaid"!



  1. It's SO true. I don't think the "teacher brain" ever goes away! I have to keep a little notebook by my bedside and write ideas down. I have to also limit myself. :) I want to always make, create, innovate, etc. But, I must sleep and pay attention to my husband. I can't even imagine having kids....when would I ever do school stuff! Oh goodness! :)

    But we do it because we love it, right?

    :) Have a good night!

    P.S. you are added to our sidebar ;)

  2. So true! If the kids only knew that our school day doesn't start and end with the bell, and that we care much more than what they think. Now that I've been teaching for awhile, I don't really think about the curriculum anymore, but I think a lot about how I can help my target students (academic and otherwise). It sounds like you are a teacher who really cares and is dedicated to the profession!

  3. Love this!!! You should frame this and hang it behind your desk!

  4. I so know what you mean! I am student teaching right now and am always thinking about my kiddos! Love your blog!


  5. I love this! It's so very true... and it's not only saved for first year teachers! Look forward to having this for years to come :)

  6. Ahhh! This is so true! I'm feeling very spread thin this year between my husband, baby, students, creating worksheets, and now BLOGS! I kind of have to schedule when I'm going to do what...but then be totally able to break my schedule and take a break, cuddle my little one, or watch Top Chef. A teacher's life is busy, for sure!

  7. I love your blog. Your one of my new favorites!! I'm giving you the Stylish Blog Award!! :)

  8. Oh, I know this feeling! The can't-sleep-and-keep-replaying-scenarios=in-my mind feeling. I guess that is what makes the difference between a good teacher and a not-so-good one. If you get to the point when the day ends at 3:30, then there is a problem.


  9. Love your blog!! It helps me keep that "teacher brain"!! It's so fun to find new and refreshing ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Ha! I slept 1 hour, been up an hour. About 3 hours sleep each night this weekend. I've blogged all weekend. Looking at all your cute ideas and bam ran across this at 2:30 a.m., thought it was funny. Thanks for sharing all your great stuff!!!

  11. I so agree! I actually had a mini- melt down the other day during a lesson. Some of my kiddos weren't paying attention, and I pretty much recited everything you just said! This is my third year teaching, and I don't think it ever goes away. It just changes from year to year depending on your group's needs.

    Love your blog!!


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