Teachers! Pretend that you are on your couch with your best friend, wielding a glass of wine that’s size could only be justified by a teacher, and you’re discussing your job. Do you love every second of it? Are you one late assignment away from absolutely losing your cool? Have you done something you’re ashamed of? Proud of? What would you like to say about teaching that maybe you don’t feel comfortable telling those close to you? Let’s get cathartic. Spill it ;)
We've all been there. We've all been a student in some capacity. Have you ever cheated on a test or exam? Have you ever flirted with a Professor or a TA in hopes of bumping up your mark? Were you a teacher's pet or a supply teacher's nightmare? Looking back on your school days, do you have a guilty conscience? It's about time you aired out that dirty laundry ;)
Alright parents, it’s time to fess up! Have you ever been so frustrated when helping your child with their schoolwork that you’ve secretly just done it yourself? Have you ever encouraged your child to do something that they shouldn’t? Are you a self-aware helicopter parent that is WAY too involved in your child’s life (both in and outside of school)? Have you ever blamed a teacher for something instead of your child? What frustrates you about your child's education system? Parents aren’t perfect, we all know that, but sometimes it is difficult for them to admit their faults – unless it’s done anonymously on a certain super awesome website… just sayin’.
There’s nothing funnier for students than when their teacher messes up. A quick, sudden reminder that their teacher is in fact a regular human being (but with super-human patience, of course). For a new teacher, a bombed lesson plan can be devastating and disheartening. Thankfully, soon after, the lesson that falls somewhere between “shit-astic” and “f’ing horrible”, is your favourite story to tell when you are inevitably discussing your career with co-workers, friends, and family. We encourage our students to make mistakes, so let’s swallow our pride and revel in the hilarious mistakes that we’ve made along the way! Cue the blooper reel…
Let’s be honest. No one is surprised that this is a category. Students are an untapped resource of (often unintentional) hilarious, comical gold. An innocent spelling mistake can accidentally turn a 9-year-old’s story into an X-rated work of art. A smart-ass test answer that the teacher can’t help but laugh at and appreciate the student’s sense of humor. Whether it’s a picture of a written fail, or a documented comical anecdote, we want to hear it ALL!
If it’s funny, we want to hear it!
Being involved in any type of teaching can be one of the most rewarding experiences in one’s life. The bad days can be really terrible, but the good days can be SO GREAT! Sometimes a simple note from a grateful student can be life-changing. We invest so much of ourselves in others that someone’s highs and lows are also our highs and lows. Sometimes we have stories that are unbelievably heart-warming, but also have stories that tug at the heart strings and force us into an ugly (hopefully not public) cry. Please share your stories with us!
Kids + drawing = HILARITY. Some of the things that have made us laugh the hardest are children’s artwork. Let’s be real here, most kids’ drawings look like the end result of a primate finding a crayon, but they are so innocently comical and sometimes so outrageously offensive, that we HAVE to share them. It is our civil duty to share these gems with the world! Give your kids some crayons and grab your camera. Here we go!
Outrageous Parent Requests
Parents can be the worst. The absolute worst. We’ve seen a shift in the educational system where when a student gets a low grade, the parents don’t get mad at their child, they automatically blame the teacher. Their remarkable child couldn’t have possibly done that poorly in math. Their angel boo-boo bear couldn’t have possibly said a swear word or hit one of their classmates. Well guess what parents? Your kid might actually be a nightmare! Parents refuse to acknowledge problems with their child because they fear it may reflect poorly on their parenting. No shit, Sherlock. Every parent thinks their child is special and therefore feels they deserve special treatment over their 20+ classmates. Tell us some of the most outrageous and annoying requests (or comments) that you’ve received from students’ parents. We’re dying to read about them while drowning in wine that will hopefully suppress the rage!
P.S. A lot of parents are really great and raise really great kids. Thank you to those parents that are teaching their kids to respect their teachers and take responsibility for their actions. Unfortunately, this category is only about the D-bag parents.