4 Things You Should Never Say to a Teacher

Friday, August 23, 2013

It's Friday. I survived my first week back in the classroom. Barely.

Getting back into the groove has been exhausting and juggling teaching with See Jane Write has been much more difficult than I anticipated. Thus, I'm in a bad mood. So I decided my blog would be in a bad mood too. Lots of snark ahead as I present to you four things you should never say to a teacher.

1. Can we meet for lunch?

For teachers, "lunch" means running to the restroom to pee (you've been holding it for about four hours), scarfing down a disgusting Lean Cuisine, attempting to make a doctor's appointment only to be disturbed by students and colleagues knocking on your classroom door, and later running back to the restroom to pee again before the bell rings. And "lunch" means doing all of this in about 26 minutes.

So, yes, we can meet for lunch... in June.

2. I'm so tired. My boss made us come in at 9 a.m. today. 

By 9 a.m. I'm already teaching my second period class. By 9 a.m. I've been at work for nearly two hours and awake for nearly four. Take your yawns elsewhere.

3. It must be so nice being done with your work day at 3 o'clock. 

Actually I think this picture is a better explanation:

4. I think school should be year-round. 

I think you secretly hate me.


  1. I think this is an interesting list. I'm not a teacher, but I can see exactly why saying any of these is a no-no. Quite frankly, I've never looked any further than the fact that teachers have it easy, especially during the summer break. Thanks for the enlightenment.

  2. I'm not sure who gave you the idea that teachers have it easy, but that person was lying or a really bad teacher.

  3. And furthermore, most teachers are even busy during summer break with professional development activities and revamping lesson plans.

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    2. Exactly why this post was needed. You know how you hear things but never take the time to verify but yet it somehow becomes your truth until you hear the actual truth from someone who actually knows the real truth? Well, that's exactly the situation. And that's why people must tell their stories. To educate the ignorant.

  4. Great post! Two weeks into the school year and I'm already re-perfecting the skill of scheduled potty breaks! #teachersrule