Five Little Things That Make Every Teacher Crazy!

Thursday, March 8, 2018 / 1 comment
Five Little Things That Make Every Teacher Crazy!


Teaching is a profession with lots of serious challenges and many, many wonderful rewards. But today, I don't want to talk about any of those. Instead, I want to focus on five of the little annoyances teachers deal with that make us want to tear our hair out!


1. Pencil sharpeners 

Five Little Things That Make Every Teacher Crazy!

For being such a vital part of a classroom for so many years, you'd think someone would have come up with a design for one that isn't obnoxiously loud, or completely ineffective. The old-fashioned ones kill your knuckles, the new ones work beautifully for two hours before only sharpening on one side or dying completely because a student used it to sharpen colored pencils. We can send human beings to the moon and are actively working on getting them to Mars...could we maybe figure out how to create a pencil sharpener that can handle regular AND colored pencils for less than $500 in the mean time???

2. 1-Ply Toilet Paper

Five Little Things That Make Every Teacher Crazy!
"Teacher Bladder" is real. Having trained ourselves to only go to the bathroom once every 6 hours or so means that when we DO have time to visit the facilities we really need to go. Additionally, we're usually trying to fit in a visit to the restroom in the middle of a To-Do list a mile long, giving us about 2-3 minutes tops to do our business. With that in mind, there's not much that is more infuriating than having to fight with a massive roll of 1-ply toilet paper in order to get the amount of tp needed for the job. Every time I search for the end of the roll, pull and feel the paper give way after only 1 or 2 squares the white hot rage that fills my body could power a small town for weeks.

3. No-Show Snow Days

Five Little Things That Make Every Teacher Crazy! 

While there are many times we'd rather not have a snow day, nothing is more annoying than waking up to the news that the storm you were sure was going to at least warrant a 2-hour delay fizzled out and you have to be at school on-time. Going to sleep all excited about what you're going to get done on your snow day ("Maybe I'll even find the floor of the laundry room!") and then having those plans ripped away by the storm moving too far to the east makes you grumpy, your students are grumpy, and the day feels longer than any normal school day. Come on, weather! Get it together!

4. Technical Difficulties

Five Little Things That Make Every Teacher Crazy!

Teachers aren't nervous about standing up in front of students. In fact, most of us are completely comfortable making total fools out of ourselves if it helps our students learn whatever we're trying to teach them. That being said, not much raises my blood pressure faster than standing with my back to my classroom fiddling with cables, cords, speakers, blocked websites, or poor internet connections when I've planned a lesson that requires technology that is refusing to work. The students' chatter grows louder and louder and I feel embarrassed and exposed as I try to figure why the hell the video that played perfectly this morning is now refusing to load up. It's enough to make me nostalgic for the days of the gigantic TV/VCR cart.

5. Fluctuating Room Temperatures

Five Little Things That Make Every Teacher Crazy!
Most teachers go to great lengths to make their classrooms feel comfortable and engaging. We put up colorful decorations, amusing posters, engaging bulletin boards, and even bring in cozy furniture or make cute reading nooks. Our classrooms become our mini-home away from home (after all, we do practically live there). So not much is worse than having your comfy classroom feel like the Arctic tundra or the Amazonian rain forest because the thermostat can't decide if it wants to make your room a freezer or a sauna. Even more annoying are the classrooms that can't make up their minds - leaving you sweating one day and shivering the next.


So there you go, the five little annoyances that occasionally make me feel like throwing things during the school day. What did I forget? What are the little bothers that make you crazy? Let me know in the comments below!



Five Little Things That Make Every Teacher Crazy!



1 comment:

  1. This is awesome Mom! I'll try to remember this stuff when I go to school tomorrow!

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