25 Moments of Teaching We Can All Relate To: As Told By Patrick Star

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Patrick Star is the lovable best friend of Spongebob from the popular TV show, Spongebob Squarepants. This show has been around since 1999 and is still popular today among many families. Though Patrick isn’t always considered the most intelligent character, sometimes his quotes and experiences are relatable and humorous when comparing it to our insane lives as teachers!

1. When it’s the first day of school and you’re still learning everyone’s names.

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Do you remember the first day of school? It can get so exhausting and overwhelming! There is a crowd of eyes watching your every move.

2. When you are writing on the board and your principal walks in for an unannounced evaluation.

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This always happens to me. I am attempting to achieve the perfect balance of class management, behaviors, learning styles, and creative lesson plans… and then – BOOM – I get distracted by school leadership showing up for an evaluation!

3. How your students look when they’re running in the hallway.

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My classroom is right outside of the cafeteria. I am pretty sure this is a constancy I cannot avoid.

4. When it’s the first day of a new project and you try to be encouraging.

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Affirmation and encouragement is vital for a positive relationship with students. Sometimes the encouragement is actually translated into “good luck with figuring this one out since you weren’t paying attention when I was giving directions!

5. When you are devising the perfect seating chart.

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Just when the students think they can goof off or get away with breaking rules is when I make this face and devise the perfect seating arrangement. No matter what, I will find a way to make it work!

6. When you have five minutes left to eat lunch.

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By the time you get out of the classroom and go to the bathroom, there is a mere five minutes left to eat lunch. Turn on suction mode and try to shove it all in before the bell rings!

7. When you’re telling stories to get their attention.

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Maybe this is just me, but when I try to share stories to get their attention, it doesn’t always go as planned.

8. When your lesson plan isn’t going well…

GIF - patrick star with squidward tentacles in full body cast Firmly grasp it in your hands.

Do you all have at least one student who is like Squidward?

9. That one teacher that makes the staff meeting last longer.

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Every meeting. Every time. A question that could have been an email is answered in twenty minutes at the end of a staff meeting.

10. First-time substitute teaching for a foreign language class.

GIF - patrick star with spongebob Come on, you know, I wumbo, you wumbo, he, she, me, wumbo.

Is the ‘we’ form of the verb “wumbamos”?

11. The clap back to students’ remarks.

GIF - patrick star with chipmunk that's crazy talk, that's not crazy talk, this is crazy talk making funny face

Do students even realize how snarky of an attitude we need to have as teachers? That is what keeps us going!

12. When you have computer problems while you are trying to enter in grades.

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I feel this way every time our school website or grading program stops working. This is also an accurate portrayal of how some of our schools’ technology is not up to par yet.

13. When students call you the wrong name.

GIF - patrick star in boxing ring with spongebob my name's not rick!

This is why students have always called me “Miss Corrie” or “Miss C”. My last name is way too long for them.

14. What the presenter at a teacher in-service sounds like.

GIF - patrick star dude people are always blissfully unaware of how dumb they really are.

Does anyone have any good experiences with teacher in-services? I would love to hear them! I always feel I am at the wrong place at the wrong time.

15. When you’re upset with the school district.

GIF - patrick star with ice cream all over head so this is the thank I get for working overtime?

God bless our school districts!

16. Conversations among your co-workers.

GIF - chipmunk in spongebob don't you have to be stupid somewhere else? . GIF - patrick stardon't you have to be stupid somewhere else? response not until four

God bless our coworkers. Unfortunately, we don’t always get along.

17. When the girls are talking about the guys they like.

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This is an accurate portrayal of the middle school girls who have their lockers by my classroom.

18. Trying to have fun on the weekend even though you know it will be a stressful week.

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At least we try, right?

19. When vacation finally arrives.

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Maybe add “drink a glass of wine”?

20. When the Pinterest ideas for your classroom didn’t work.

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We try so hard, don’t we? There’s always next year!

21. When you forgot your lunch so you eat what is left over in the teacher’s lounge.

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Teacher’s lounge is a dangerous place full of random cake and leftover condiments.

22. When students try to argue with you.

GIF - patrick star Liar, liar, plants for hire.

Nice try, Billy. Take a seat.

23. When you go on a field trip and tell students not to touch anything…

GIF - patrick star touching everything

In one ear and out the other.

24. Friends’ reactions when they realize how small your salary is.

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Yup. True story.

25. At the end of the day, you still love your students.

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This is why we do this. We love our students and hope they succeed!

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This article was written by Corrie Christiaansen — a theology teacher in the beautiful state of Wisconsin. She is currently on medical leave, but she is looking forward to recovery soon so she can focus on being a positive role model for young people.

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