Teachers Don’t Cry

| New York, NY, USA | Bad Behavior, Ignoring/Inattentive, Movies & TV, Students, Teachers

(I work in a school district known for a high truancy rate, a high dropout rate, gang violence, and drugs. Many of the students are not motivated, but I try my best to engage students.)

Me: “Okay, guys, so for this essay—”

Class: *keeps talking*

Me: “Hey, we need to go over the requirements for—”

Class: *keeps talking*

Student #1: *gets up and walks out the door* “Going to the bathroom!”

Me: “Wait! You need a pass!”

Class: *keeps talking*

Me: “This essay is part of the school’s curriculum, and if you don’t do it, you’ll fail this class!”

Class: *keeps talking*

Student #2: “Do you ever feel like you’re the teacher in Freedom Writers?”

Me: “No. The students actually did their work in that movie.”

What Up, I Got A Fowl Mouth

| Ohio, USA | Bad Behavior, Musical Mayhem, Students

(We’re in my computer class when the subject of Kidz Bop making a cover of the song “Thrift Shop” comes up.)

Classmate: “Ha! Can you imagine? ‘Walk into school, like, ‘What up, I got a lunch box!'”

Pee-Wee Belt

| British Columbia, Canada | Sports, Students, Teachers

(In the martial arts school that I teach at, we often have to help the youngest students tie their belts before class.)

Student: “Teacher, can you help me tie my belt?”

Me: “Of course!”

(I kneel down, and as usual, I take my time and try to help the student learn to do it on their own. This is when I notice that the belt is wet.)

Me: “Oh! What happened to your belt? It’s all wet!”

Student: “I dropped it in the toilet!”

America The Bountiful

| New York, NY, USA | Geography, Students, Teachers

(My students are learning about the western hemisphere.)

Me: “Okay, let’s go over the continents. There’s—”

Student: “South America! North America!”

Me: “Good. And…Green—”

Student: “Green America!”

Her Tone Rings Hollow

| Lompoc, California, USA | Ignoring/Inattentive, Students, Teachers

(My class is working on homework before second period when someone’s phone randomly vibrates.)

Teacher: “Whose phone is vibrating?”

(I check my backpack and it’s not my phone. A few students also check their backpacks and find that their phones aren’t vibrating. The phone vibrates again.)

Teacher: “Whoever’s phone that is, can you please turn it off!?”

(Everyone looks around and the teacher gets very annoyed.)

Teacher: “For Christ’s sake, please turn off the d*** phone!”

(Everyone is now silently giggling and the teacher continues getting angry until the student helper points out the problem.)

Student Helper: “Mrs. [Name], it’s your husband calling you.”

(The teacher turns scarlet red and becomes wide-eyed while everyone laughs out loud.)

Teacher: “I’m sorry. If you’ll please excuse me…”