Ms. Cornelius battles texters and sleepers in the classroom.
I know many of my colleagues don’t care if kids put their heads down in their classes, I guess thinking that at least the student can’t be a behavior problem if he’s asleep. I do not allow heads to be down, nor do I allow sleeping. If a student is sick, I send her to the nurse. Otherwise heads are up and eyelids are open. I think this policy not only greatly increases the chances of actually learning something, but I also frankly think it is disrespectful to the teacher to sleep in class.
In my day, the Pleistocene Era, sleeping in class wasn’t an option.
In my newspaper days, sleeping in editorial board meetings was reserved for the editor or the publisher. One day, the publisher fell asleep and started to sag to the left. Sitting to his right, I wondered if I should wake him before he fell off his chair. He woke himself just as he was about to topple. He sat upright. Then he fell asleep again, this time sagging in my direction. Should I poke him? Catch him before he went over? Again, he woke just before the tipping point.