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What It’s Really Like Being Married to a Teacher During a Pandemic


What It’s Really Like Being Married to a Teacher During a Pandemic

If you’re married to a teacher, you’ve likely noticed the ways teaching during the pandemic has taken a toll on your loved one. Between converting hard copy materials into electronic files and relying on unfamiliar technology to do their job, they’re working more than their share of overtime and it shows. Spouses all over the country are noting the following telltale signs in their beloved frazzled pandemic teachers:

  1.  “Teacher words” have infiltrated your marriage and taken on a meaning of their own. They may have asked you, “Hey, baby wanna Kahoot?” in a sexy voice.
  2. There are now dots and arrows on your kitchen floors to direct foot traffic and maintain social distancing.
  3. They wake in the middle of the night sweating and yelling, “You’re on mute!”
  4. You watch them physically recoil at the mere mention of a “Zoom party.”
  5. They have back-up plans for every-day activities, like getting groceries, that include at least three different ways to accomplish the same task.
  6. You’re pretty sure their caffeine is supplied intravenously at this point.
  7. They don’t go anywhere without their bevy of laptops and chargers.
  8. They find great joy in creating their Bitmoji classroom.
  9. Their extensive mask collection now warrants its own section of the closet.
  10. They’ve rearranged the living furniture to accommodate social distancing guidelines. SIX-FEET AWAY WHILE BINGE-WATCHING!
  11. Survival mode is their Word of the Year.
  12. They inadvertently live-stream everything they do: “I am in the kitchen. I am cutting an apple. Can everyone see the apple?”
  13. Their PTSD is triggered by the disorganization and overwhelm akin to what they experienced during The First Year of Teaching.
  14. It’s not unusual to find them running in a circle, a physical manifestation of the hybrid hamster wheel experience.
  15. Every other chair at your dining table is covered with a painter’s tape X.
  16. The money your family used to spend on going out to eat or to the movies is now spent on hand sanitizer, disposable masks, and Clorox wipes for the classroom.
  17. It takes about an hour for their “mask lines” to disappear when they come home from school.
  18. They’ve woken up in the night in a panic to redo their hybrid lesson plans because they forgot to accommodate distance learners.
  19. They hit the deck anytime someone sneezes in the house.
  20. They are “end-of-the-year” tired every Friday.
  21. They’ve updated their resume a dozen times in the last seven months.

It’s not easy being married to a teacher right now. They’re so consumed with the job that they don’t have much left for their families at the end of the day. Here’s to the day we return to a normal level of exhaustion and overwhelm!

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Stephanie Jankowski

Stephanie Jankowski is an English teacher by trade, smack talker by nature, and author of Schooled: A Love Letter to the Exhausting, Infuriating, Occasionally Excruciating Yet Somehow Completely Wonderful Profession of Teaching. When not teaching or writing, Stephanie is trying like hell to raise three decent human beings.

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