I am haunted by a red T-shirt…

“What I learned in school today: How to sleep with my eyes open.”

Over the President’s Day weekend I traveled to New England for a little R&R. I was on my way home, southbound on the Northway, when I saw it.

A group of teenage boys returning from a weekend of skiing were walking out of the timber-framed rest stop as I was walking in. They all were wearing crocks and ski pants. They all had longish hair that had been color altered. They had the skier “look.”

What I can’t get out of my mind is a red T-shirt sported by one of the boys. It read (in large white lettering) “What I learned in school today: How to sleep with my eyes open.”

Ever since this chance encounter with the T-shirt boy I have been thinking about his message. When I walk through the halls of my school and see students in classrooms, sitting in rows starring forward I wonder; are they sleeping? Postures vary. Some lean forward with chin in palms. Others lean back hands in hoodie pocket (texting?). Both groups share the same stare…

Are your students sleeping?

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