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April 28, 2015 Appreciating Teachers With Fun By Meghan Everette
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

    The website DogShaming invites owners to submit pictures of their dogs in the act of — or immediately after — some misbehavior. The owner pairs their pooch with not-so-sorry apology notes and the results are hilarious. I love the idea, and with Teacher Appreciation Week coming up, I thought we could indulge in a few laughs over the little secrets we share in our oh-so-challenging profession. So, in recognition of those been-there, done-that moments in teaching, and in the spirit of fun, here are my Top 10 Teacher Shameful Secrets.

    Teaher bags

    1. The Bag Lady

    Teachers love their bags. We tote bits of this and that everywhere. I seem to always be carrying at least three bags of some kind, but the funny thing is, I get home and get carried away with some other project so those papers never leave the bag. They go right back to school in the same bag every day!

    late to lunch

    2. The Blame Game

    I don’t purposefully try to miss special sessions or lunch meetings, but every once in a while I get caught up in something in my classroom and completely forget the time. So, full confession: I’ve been known to blame my students as in, they took a long time lining up, etc. but really? The truth is, I apparently can’t read a clock. Sorry, kids!

    toys for treasure box

    3. Stealing From Home

    Teaching might be the only profession where the employee steals things from home to take to work. My biological kids certainly don’t need every fast food toy — right?

    4. Cupcake Wars

    And as long as we're on the subject of my biological kids, let’s not forget this one: cupcake neglect. I can’t help it if a brownie or cupcake package doesn’t allow me to make extras! So, while my students and I whoop it up with a glut of goodies, my own two boys go without. (I also make them take mug shots for blog posts apparently.)

    circuar file

    5. Circular File

    I don’t assign work to students merely for the sake of having them do work, but occasionally an assignment doesn’t go as planned or there’s some errant page that got misplaced (probably in the infamous bag) and is no longer needed. This is no reflection on the student or has any effect on their grade, but on those rare occasions, it's  hello circular file!

    office supply bracelet

    6. Fashion Model

    You know you are a teacher when you come home with a tardy slip sticking out of your pants pocket, pencils stuck in your hair, and a rubber band or a roll of masking tape around your wrist. I bet you don’t even remember how it got there.

    teacher husband

    7. Teacher Talk

    I haven’t gone so far as to put a stoplight system in our house (though I have thought about it), but I occasionally find I slip into teacher-speak with members of my family. It is not appreciated.

    knowing celebrities

    8. Role Models

    I’ll admit it, I just want to be cool. I sometimes say I know something that I don’t. That new video game? Totally played it. That song you’re singing? It’s my fav! If I tell you I love Frozen too, will you stop asking me if I’ve seen it? Please?

    9. Attention Please

    You know the feeling. You are in a large group of people. It is noisy and someone, certainly not a teacher (!), is trying to talk over the din of the crowd. All of a sudden you find yourself clapping a rhythm and miraculously, the room is following you. It’s really not your fault. You just followed your instincts.

    dog eating homework

    10. Homework

    Maybe it wasn’t your dog, but every once in a while, there is a test or some school paper that simply goes missing. And sometimes, just sometimes, all you can do is laugh.

    An article has been floating around the Internet recently about a teacher who had students write what they wanted teachers to know about them. It was powerful and shocking for many. It reminds us all about the influence we have in students’ lives, so it is with no shame whatsoever that I tell my students, my school, and my fellow educators: I love you!

    I love my students

     

    #teachershaming

    follow on twitter @bamameghan

    The website DogShaming invites owners to submit pictures of their dogs in the act of — or immediately after — some misbehavior. The owner pairs their pooch with not-so-sorry apology notes and the results are hilarious. I love the idea, and with Teacher Appreciation Week coming up, I thought we could indulge in a few laughs over the little secrets we share in our oh-so-challenging profession. So, in recognition of those been-there, done-that moments in teaching, and in the spirit of fun, here are my Top 10 Teacher Shameful Secrets.

    Teaher bags

    1. The Bag Lady

    Teachers love their bags. We tote bits of this and that everywhere. I seem to always be carrying at least three bags of some kind, but the funny thing is, I get home and get carried away with some other project so those papers never leave the bag. They go right back to school in the same bag every day!

    late to lunch

    2. The Blame Game

    I don’t purposefully try to miss special sessions or lunch meetings, but every once in a while I get caught up in something in my classroom and completely forget the time. So, full confession: I’ve been known to blame my students as in, they took a long time lining up, etc. but really? The truth is, I apparently can’t read a clock. Sorry, kids!

    toys for treasure box

    3. Stealing From Home

    Teaching might be the only profession where the employee steals things from home to take to work. My biological kids certainly don’t need every fast food toy — right?

    4. Cupcake Wars

    And as long as we're on the subject of my biological kids, let’s not forget this one: cupcake neglect. I can’t help it if a brownie or cupcake package doesn’t allow me to make extras! So, while my students and I whoop it up with a glut of goodies, my own two boys go without. (I also make them take mug shots for blog posts apparently.)

    circuar file

    5. Circular File

    I don’t assign work to students merely for the sake of having them do work, but occasionally an assignment doesn’t go as planned or there’s some errant page that got misplaced (probably in the infamous bag) and is no longer needed. This is no reflection on the student or has any effect on their grade, but on those rare occasions, it's  hello circular file!

    office supply bracelet

    6. Fashion Model

    You know you are a teacher when you come home with a tardy slip sticking out of your pants pocket, pencils stuck in your hair, and a rubber band or a roll of masking tape around your wrist. I bet you don’t even remember how it got there.

    teacher husband

    7. Teacher Talk

    I haven’t gone so far as to put a stoplight system in our house (though I have thought about it), but I occasionally find I slip into teacher-speak with members of my family. It is not appreciated.

    knowing celebrities

    8. Role Models

    I’ll admit it, I just want to be cool. I sometimes say I know something that I don’t. That new video game? Totally played it. That song you’re singing? It’s my fav! If I tell you I love Frozen too, will you stop asking me if I’ve seen it? Please?

    9. Attention Please

    You know the feeling. You are in a large group of people. It is noisy and someone, certainly not a teacher (!), is trying to talk over the din of the crowd. All of a sudden you find yourself clapping a rhythm and miraculously, the room is following you. It’s really not your fault. You just followed your instincts.

    dog eating homework

    10. Homework

    Maybe it wasn’t your dog, but every once in a while, there is a test or some school paper that simply goes missing. And sometimes, just sometimes, all you can do is laugh.

    An article has been floating around the Internet recently about a teacher who had students write what they wanted teachers to know about them. It was powerful and shocking for many. It reminds us all about the influence we have in students’ lives, so it is with no shame whatsoever that I tell my students, my school, and my fellow educators: I love you!

    I love my students

     

    #teachershaming

    follow on twitter @bamameghan

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