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#23474

I have been teaching high school English for 20 years. My students have voted me “Best Teacher” 18/20 years. There are three things that I just need to get off my chest: 1. I literally wear 2 maxi pads everyday one on top of the other, so when I am in line for one of the the 2 teacher bathrooms and pee a little before the broken lock opens, I can rip off the first pad and have another one ready for the after school pee line.
2. I have, on occasion, stolen my son’s adderol to be able to focus after teaching all day to correct 142 essays. Really not proud of that, but I cannot take the parent complaint calls, where I am accused of being lazy for not having work turned back in one week.
3. I have panic attacks in class. I am in therapy, take anti-anxiety medication, and cry on Sunday nights. My heart races, I want to cry, but my students never know. In fact, they tell me that I make them feel calm and relaxed, and that my classroom is their favorite place in the school.
I am retiring this year. It’s a secret. I have very limited pension, but I will have my life back and look forward to returning to myself. Thank you for reading this.

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#23482

I have literally left a letter for my family, because there is a student of mine who is going to kill someone someday, and there is a good chance it will be in the classroom this year. This student has hurt themselves, tried to kill family members and physically hurt other students. By law, we can’t do anything about it because they have several “diagnosed” emotional disturbances (they’re still trying to find the right diagnosis) and this is the Least Restrictive Environment. My only hope is that I can protect the rest of my students.

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#23452

I am too embarrassed to share with friends or family that I know. But it is my first week on the job and my task list is lengthy. Prepping the classroom, printing handouts, meeting with administration, etc., and then, I suddenly felt the urge of needing to pee, but I ignored it because “I’ll do when more task and then I’ll go!” But my next task turned into 1 hour later to the end of the day where we had to go to a building staff meeting. By this time, I REALLY had to go and I was squeezing hard not to just let it out as I stood in my classroom deciding whether I should go to the stock room and find a bucket, go to the teacher bathroom that involves using a key, or just run for the student bathroom (no key needed). Folk I was about to give up and PEE my pants!!! I almost started crying because I had done this to myself. I decided to go for the student bathrooms and as I am doing one of those pee walks I run into two of my students! JUST GREAT! I say hi, but I am focused…by this point I feel a little drizzle down my right thigh….F***! So I say goodbye and make it into a bathroom stall and yes I peed my pants a little. I contemplated ditching the staff meeting, but did not want to do the make-up, so I cleaned up as best as I could and with no spare change of clothes went to that staff meeting! Uuugggh! Now I’ve learned a very important lesson… I need to pee when my bodies says, but most importantly I need to bring a spare change of clothes…..just in case! Glad I got this off my chest.

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#23456

I am a beginning band director. My major instrument is flute. Flute is notoriously difficult to get people started with. I hate it. I actually looked up to see if any of them were classified with IEPs or 504s… none of them. I’ve done every special-needs accommodation/helper that I can think of. Every day I say the same thing and correct the same mistakes. “Look at your stickers [Susie]. Now look at your fingers. Are they lined up?” [Susie] fixes where her fingers are. “Great job! Now bring your flute up to your face.” [Susie] brings flute up to her face and moves her fingers back to the wrong keys in the process. Meanwhile I have a student with severe learning disabilities in a 12:1:1 classroom all day who is playing circles around those students. I’m at the point where I just want to quit music altogether and start selling meth or something…

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#23457

French Horn player: The men cannot know we have nostrils; they’ll tell the church.
Saxophone player: like the pterodactyls.

This exchange was said with completely serious expressions on their faces. I want to take those 2 home.

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#23428

I have a terrible burn/bruise on my leg from falling off of a chair I was standing on to hang up decorations. One of my students asked me what happened, so I told them, “This is what happens when you stand on chairs incorrectly. You get hurt – this is why I am always telling you all to sit in your chairs properly. Don’t let this happen to you.” Then a few minutes later, this same student started standing on their chair, so I asked them, “What did we just talk about?” The student responded quite cheerfully, “Don’t do what you do!”

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#23438

When I came to America in 1975, there were no ELL programs. I was a refugee that was sponsored by Catholic Social Service family to help my family acclimated to a new town as well as a new country. I was 7 years old and didn’t know how to speak any English. I’ve learned English through tv shows like Electric Company, Sesame Streets, and Mr. Roger. Now I am a teacher! I’ve taught grade K-6 math games and I’ve taught first, second, and third grade. I’ve taught 1st grade for 10 years, then, second and third and back to second grade. I’ve worked mostly with low social economic as well as inner city schools. I’ve always talked about my experience to my students so that they know that no matter how hard things are, they will be successful. It doesn’t matter if they didn’t have family support or if they can’t afford a thing, or they feel like a failure. I’ve always tell them I felt like a failure many times but part of being successful is to fail and makes lots of mistakes. That is called LEARNING! If you keep learning and don’t give up, you can do anything!

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#23375

When I was in HS, my teacher told me I had no future in English. When I was in college, my supervisor told me I wouldn’t get a job teaching for a few years.
3 months later, I am now a HS English teacher mentoring student teachers on the side. Dreams do come true!

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#22848

I’m a high school health teacher, and during our mental health unit we made bumper stickers to help break the stigma around mental health. The students really enjoyed this assignment and got very creative with slogans on them.
Later in the semester, during our human sexuality unit, one of my students asked if we could do the bumper stickers again. “I have a really good rhyme for it. Even if it’s a quick, be sure to wrap your sticky!”
I was crying from laughing so hard.

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#22820

I own a car that the body is one color, and a single door is another color due to being fixed from an accident. One of my colleagues told me that as he was walking the kids through the parking lot to get to our track one of our young ones, 1st or kindergarten, say to him. “How cool is that! They got their car with one door a different color!”

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