Tuesday, July 13, 2010

13 Things Your Child's Teacher Will Never Tell You

I found this article while hopping around on one of my favorite teacher websites. It was too true not to share!

13. The students we remember are happy, respectful and good-hearted, not necessarily the ones with the highest grades.

12. We love snow days and three day weekends just as much as your kid does.

11. Please, no more mugs, frames or stuffed animals. A gift card to Starbucks or Staples would be more than enough. A thank-you note would be even better!

10. Kids dish on your secrets all the time - money, religion, politics, even Dad's vasectomy!

9. We take on the role of mother, father, psychologist, friend, and adviser every day. Plus, we’re watching for learning disabilities, issues at home, peer pressure, drug abuse, and bullying.

8. Guys who dribble a ball for a couple of hours a game can make up to $20 million a year. We educate future leaders and make about $51,000 a year.

7. Please help us by turning off the texting feature on your child’s phone during school hours.

6. Your child may be the center of your universe, but I have to share mine with 25 (or more!) others.

5. When I hear a loud belch (or a toot!), I remember that a student’s manners are a reflection of his parents’.

4. Kids used to go out and play after school and resolve problems on their own. Now, with computers and TV, they lack the skills to communicate. They don’t know how to get past hurt feelings without telling the teacher and having her fix it.

3. We’re sick of standardized testing and having to “teach to the test.”

2. I’m not a marriage counselor. At parent-teacher conferences, let’s stick to Jose's progress, not how your husband won’t help you around the house.

1. If we teach small children, don’t tell us that our jobs are “so cute” and that you wish you could glue and color all day long.

Obviously these statements don't apply to every student I've ever had. However, they've all certainly been true at one time or another in my (almost) 10 year teaching career!


Kim Leavell said...

Hummm....#5 sure does fit into the Leavell household! ;)

J. et K. said...

This is a great list, Mrs. Spann. I couldn't have compiled it (for sure!) seeing as I'm neither the P or the T, but I can totally see it.

Very cool post.

Katie said...

Loved this! Thanks for sharing!

J and J Masson said...

Hey! I'm Kari's sister-in-law and I was teacher for 2 years. I wholeheartedly agree with every single one of those items! Although I sometimes had to deal with teachers who told me they wish they could sing songs and play games all day ( I taught 1-6 grade Spanish) because obviously, that's all I do . . . Thanks for the post!

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