My students share with me when they have math dreams. Sometimes they make students anxious, some make students feel like they are smarter… I tell my students it is a reflection that they have math on the brain. I don’t know how the theories of mind intersect with dreams, but I know that I had math frequently when I was in school. It was pretty common for me to fall asleep over calculus that was stumping me, dreamed I was doing math, then woken up gotten it right.
Generally my teaching dreams are pretty prosaic: some simple anxiety dreams rehashing student discipline, or imagining the first day, or even just dreaming of the homework burn barrel in class.
Last week I dreamed about waterboarding students at school with another teacher. It was interesting, because the other teacher (in her teacher voice) was explaining in great detail: (1) why waterboarding was torture and how it was morally repugnant; (2) how to effectively and efficiently waterboard. We hooded and zip-tied a student to a table, tipped one end, applied water and… voilà. We violated the human rights of a student.
So please, turn in your homework on time.
One of the other off-the-wall teaching dreams involve teaching students how to solve equations. Whenever the students tried to divide by zero, they shot off into space. I did use my scary teacher voice.
I like my brain.