Another classroom nightmare

March 16th, 2013

Right before the beginning of this semester, I had a vivid dream that I walked into class unprepared for the first day–the classic reversal of being called on while unprepared; I was unprepared as the Prof! Well, it turned out the dream wasn’t too far from reality.

The other night I had a somewhat related classroom dream. For some reason, even though I was a Professor, I was sitting in a student’s seat in the class of one of my colleagues. I wasn’t sure why. And, for whatever reason, a student’s laptop was at my seat. It started making noise, and I couldn’t mute it (I was hitting the volume down all the way but it kept making noise). The Professor started yelling at me, and didn’t realize that I was also a Professor. I stood up and said something like, Hi, I’m Josh Blackman a Professor here. ¬†She said something like, “I don’t care who you are and asked me to leave the classroom.” It was really¬†embarrassing.

I’ll think that one through.

This happens surprisingly often–some staff and faculty still mistake me for a student. I was recently at the Federalist Society Student Symposium, and everyone assumed I was still a student. After a while I began trolling them and played along, and didn’t make clear I was a Prof. I wanted to see how far I could make it into the convo before I had to reveal that I was a prof and not a student. I could usually get past “I’m at South Texas College of Law” and “it’s my first year” (didn’t specify teaching or learning).