Thursday, September 3, 2009

You know you're a teacher when...

I know some of you may or may not have seen some of these lists about all the ways you know you are a teacher, but I thought I would add one of my own based on my day today.

You know you are a teacher when... you teach half the day with a fever, head that is killing you, nose that won't stop running, and when a student tells you they have a "headache" you say "Just tough it out and let your parents know when you get home."  But what you really feeling like saying is "SUCK IT UP! Do you know how awful I feel right now?! You don't see me complaining or asking to go see the nurse!"  Oh the joys of being a teacher, nurse, mom, counselor and principle all in one day.

Here is a list that was once sent to me I thought you might enjoy.  If you are not a teacher, just know these are all true!


1. You can hear 25 voices behind you and know exactly which one belongs to the child out of line.
2. You get a secret thrill out of laminating something.
3. You walk into a store and hear the words 'It's Mrs. Dean' and know you have been spotted.
4. You have 25 people that accidentally call you Mom/Dad at onetime or another.
5. You can eat a multi-course meal in under twenty-five minutes.
6. You've trained yourself to go to the bathroom at two distinct times of the day: lunch and planning period.
7. You start saving other people's trash, because most likely, you can use that toilet paper tube or plastic butter tub for something in the classroom.
8. You believe the teachers' lounge should be equipped with a margarita machine.
9. You want to slap the next person who says 'Must be nice to work 7 to 3 and have summers off.'
10. You believe chocolate is a food group.
11. You can tell if it's a full moon without ever looking outside.
12. You believe that unspeakable evils will befall you if anyone says 'Boy, the kids sure are mellow today.'
13. You feel the urge to talk to strange children and correct their behavior when you are out in public.
14. You think caffeine should be available in intravenous form.
15. You spend more money on school stuff than you do on yourself.
16. You can't pass the school supply aisle without getting at least five items!
17. You ask your friends if the left hand turn he just made was a 'good choice or a bad choice.'
18. You find true beauty in a can full of perfectly sharpened pencils.
19. You are secretly addicted to hand sanitizer and finally...
20. You understand instantaneously why a child behaves a certain way after meeting his or her parents
It's a good thing it is Friday tomorrow and it is a 3 day weekend, so I have plenty of time to recover from whatever is plaguing me.



  1. Your post made me laugh. You're much braver than I am, I would be calling in sick and spending the day in PJ's and sleeping.
    Heard you might be coming home for a day or two next month. If you have time we should plan something!

  2. That list is so funny! It makes me empathize with all the stuff you have to deal with :-). I hope you're feeling better!

  3. I love this! I am a teacher also and everything is so true. Hope your new school year is going great so far!