Sunday, February 3, 2008

It's Just so True...

You Know You're a Teacher When:

  1. You know that secretaries and custodians run the school.
  2. You find yourself telling your friends things like “Thank you for sharing.” or “Was that a good choice or a bad choice?”
  3. You have 25 people that accidentally call you Mom/Dad at one time or another.
  4. You can hear 25 voices behind you... and you automatically know exactly which one belongs to the child who is out of line.
  5. You point out misspelled words to managers (at restaurants, stores, etc).
  6. You get a secret thrill out of laminating.
  7. You can maintain a straight face in almost any situation, but laugh uncontrollably when people refer to the staff room as a ‘lounge.’
  8. You believe the 'lounge' should be equipped with a margarita machine.
  9. You have programmed yourself to say ‘sweetie’ instead of #@?!!*@?
  10. You've trained yourself to go to the bathroom at two distinct times of the day: lunch and resource.
  11. You can eat a multi-course meal in under twenty-five minutes (including washing your hands).
  12. 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.
  13. You have graduate credits from multiple universities from all the conferences and workshops you’ve attended.
  14. Help the next person who says to you, "Must be nice to work 7 to 3 and have summers off." or “Work must be like playtime for you.”
  15. Your spouse starts mentioning to other people how hard teachers work.
  16. You call your children/pets by your students’ names instead of their own.
  17. You tell your spouse every move you make such as, “I’m going to the bathroom and I’ll be right back…okay?”
  18. You have no time for a life from August to June.
  19. You think of weekends as grading time & vacation as planning time.
  20. You feel the urge to correct the behavior of children you don’t know when out in public.
  21. You can tell if it's a full moon without ever looking outside.
  22. You believe that unspeakable evils will befall anyone who says, "Boy, the kids sure are mellow today."
  23. Your profession has been slammed by people who would never dream of doing your job.
  24. You think caffeine should be available intravenously.
  25. You spend more money on things for your classroom than you do on yourself.
  26. You walk into a store and hear "It's Ms./Mr. _________" and you know you've been spotted.
  27. You can carry on conversations with fellow teachers during lectures without the presenter ever noticing.
  28. Your hands are always covered in marker & your clothes are dirty/smudged at the waist.
  29. You wear stickers proudly.
  30. Your ‘brief case’ is a cart with wheels.
  31. You say everything twice…or three times. Then you ask, “Does everyone understand?”
  32. You enforce rules about where people may put their feet.
  33. Your pencil doubles as a hair accessory.
  34. You are secretly addicted to hand sanitizer.
  35. You raise your hand when the server asks if anyone would like water.
  36. You have a hard time choosing a name for your own child that doesn’t have some sort of association with a student.
  37. You have no qualms about going in the boys’ bathroom unannounced.
  38. While back to school shopping, both parents & the cashier correctly pin you as a teacher (because you have class sets of everything).
  39. You understand instantaneously why a child behaves a certain way after meeting his or her parents.
  40. You understand that you teach students, not subjects.

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