My classroom lights are always off. No, it’s not because I am projecting amazing presentations using my Apple TV and iPad. Well, okay… I do that, too. Truth is… lights on for one class period equals an afternoon substitute and a date with the guidance counselor’s floor. Let me explain.
First, the lights.
My students – my sweet, innocent, teenage students call me Señora Vampire. They’re used to Spanish lessons in the dark. I’ve learned to compromise at times by having the light bulbs above my desk removed, just so they can see to take notes. I teach from the back of the room so staring into the projector glare doesn’t send me to the floor next door. I’ll get to that soon.
My students know my auras, too. Excessive yawning? “Señora, let’s take a Siesta.” Saying things backwards? “Señora, just take a break. You need it.” The one eye closed, cringe of pain? “Take your time, Señora.” Of course, we all know they’re being completely genuine, with no selfish motives at all. #whoamikidding? Forgive me for the hashtag, I teach fifteen year olds.
So, what’s the low-down on the floor? It becomes my best friend in a matter of 30 minutes from those precious students’ remarks. #plusessentialoils #pluscoldrag #plustrashcan
This is all while my head is pressed against the cool side of the desk or filing cabinet or whatever else is closest. At this point, an amazing coworker has likely stepped in to watch my class, turned the lights on, created havoc and protest from my students for turning the lights on, yet blessed me by volunteering to help.
I’ll finish by sharing a one-word “lesson from the dark” – the Spanish word CAMBIA, meaning “It changes.” Ironically, this is the moment it all does change. Mix one packet of miracle-powder (RX only, so ask your Neuro) into one ounce of water. Swallow all at once and wait. In the time it takes from an aura to develop, I am back in my classroom, finishing my lessons from the dark. I’d turn the lights on, but I kind of like my nickname.
Jennifer was diagnosed with Migraine in adolescence. She loves her three kids (who are all under ten!) and her crazy, supportive husband of twelve years. She has been a high school Spanish teacher for nine years. She is currently authoring a Spanish textbook for beginning students that strives to equip learners not only with the Spanish language, but to integrate values such as respect, honesty, and compassion into their everyday lives.