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Teacher wellbeing: Handling the nightmares and insomnia

Teaching is a profession that can too often lend itself to bad dreams and sleepless nights, especially at times of high stress. Paul K Ainsworth knows this only too well…
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I am sure that we can all remember those anxious moments from our teacher training of delivering those first ever lessons to a class of children. Like me, I am sure you conjured up every circumstance that could go wrong.

Moving into those first years of work we have all had a “nightmare class” who continually tried our patience and made us question our ability as a teacher.

In those beginning years of teaching, I would have nightmares in which the class would take over and no matter what I did the children would become increasingly out of control. I would wake and tell myself it was just a bad dream. That this would not happen.

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