Is there anything more soothing than the dry tone of your teacher’s voice as you drift off to sleep? Your eyelids lose elasticity, your jaw slackens. And those ear buds! Who knew they could muffle the sound of your classmates’ eager responses with such efficiency? Within seconds, you’ve achieved full REM state and it feels delicious.
Any teacher that tells you they’ve never had a student fall asleep in class is either severely nearsighted or sedated. There are enough sleep-deprived students in college to fill a stadium much less a classroom. Here’s what my air bubble says when the sandman visits my classroom.
“Forget the snoozers. How do I know the ones with their eyes open are actually listening? From my vantage point looking out at 40 bobbing heads, my words often appear weightless, evaporating before they reach the front row. I need a Horton to hear to my Who.”
Well guess what? It happened this week but it wasn’t a Horton. It was an Omar. Apparently, while the rest of us were using the hours between 10pm and 6am to actually sleep, Omar Tejada was awake and applying a lesson he had learned that day in class. The result? – A website that positions Omar as the first Hispanic writer to succeed in American literature. Write on, Omar!
Let’s help Omar Tejada validate that his midnight inspiration and my weightless words were not a dream. Go to www.moretowrite.com and check out Omar’s short fiction pieces. Then, leave him a comment. When you’re done, you can rest your weary head back down on your desk and catch a few zzzzzz’s.