Teachers of Reddit were asked: "What shit goes on at schools that students don't know about?" These are some of the best answers.
1/22 During summer vacation when the students are gone I hook my GameCube up to the huge projection TV in the AV room and play Mario Sunshine.
2/22 For students, teachers are always an amorphous blob of square adults who, presumably, never have sex or fun in general, and who are a house united in their determination to crush your free teenage soul. In practice, teachers are as tribalistic as the cliques in the school canteen. The history teachers are allied to the civics teachers, tolerate the geography teachers and are engaged in a ferocious struggle with the economy teachers over control of the coffee served (the history teachers argue that Brand X is the traditional choice, while the economy teachers propose that Brand Y would be more efficient). Everybody hates the fit P.E. teacher.
3/22 Teachers have cliques and are sometimes so backstabbing and petty toward one another that it would cause them to be upset if they watched their students doing the same things.
4/22 Ever had an amazing lesson you really enjoyed? There's a strong chance that your teacher had to fight to be allowed to do it. There's a strong chance that there are many similar fights they've lost before too.
5/22 Well at my school, there was tiny unused computer lab, only 4 computers, that we used to play runescape on.
6/22 The sex scandals.
7/22 I laminated a piece of ham when I was a teacher's assistant. Wild.
8/22 Even the simple worksheet lessons can take hours of planning. And we have to plan every single day, even if we planned weeks in advance, because every little thing the students talk about causes us to rethink the ways in which we have to teach. Also it costs thousands of dollars a year.
9/22 Teachers hate grading homework as much as you hate doing it.
10/22 Sometimes I feel like I'm in Stand and Deliver or one of those other cliche movies. It's literally just like that minus the all inclusive happy ending. My 8th period this year is full of underachievers and miscreants that no body wants to teach. I've been given Carte-Blanche to get them ready for college and I find myself constantly asking "How do I reach these keeds?"
11/22 Sometimes I have to fart in class. So I go down in bottom of the class and I fart very slowly and then I walk back to my desk, and watch the students discuss who farted....
12/22 Probably the biggest thing that students don't realize is that teachers are people just like everyone else. Yes, we like some of you more than others. Sometimes we go out and get drunk or get laid. We have kids and make dinner and read books and spend our time grading all that work you do. Good god do we grade.
13/22 The politics of your major's department. There are probably about a dozen professors in my department at college, and there are all sorts of weird factions among them, and every faction hates every other faction. If I have four classes with four different profs, it's likely that they all hate each other.
14/22 I drink when I grade papers. It helps me get through the monotony, and I'm sure I grade a little easier.
15/22 As a teacher, I'm usually one to praise the positive aspects of the position. But here's a little bit of negativity for you:
A school will track your absences less so because they're concerned for your wellbeing, and more so because they're legally responsible for you. We notify your parents when you're absent. If you went missing and we failed to notify your family (leading them to believe you were safely at school), we would be liable for the ensuing fallout.
In a tangentially similar vein, to many people working for the district, you are just a bucket of money. If you leave one school and go to another, the bucket of money follows you to your new school. Attendance is important because schools cannot receive money for students who are not attending.
16/22 When the drug-sniffing dogs come around. Teachers are more scared than the students.
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17/22 We drink sooooo much on Fridays.
18/22 I've had my kids' grades changed without my knowledge just to keep up to state standards and quotas for funding :(. I'm thinking I'm giving a kid and F, and then he has C's on his report card. Happened more than once unfortunately.
19/22 Sometimes we decide to take you on as our cause. I had a student last year who showed up way behind the others in reading (and therefore every other subject too). His parents were first gen immigrants and didn't speak English. I started a "study hall" after school for an hour so that all the kids could stay behind to read or do homework...all so this one student wouldn't feel singled out for tutoring. I read with him every day except on Fridays for an hour... and I stayed on top of his progress. Other teachers would ask, "How is your boy doing?"
As summer rolled around I enrolled him in summer school and got him a student bus pass (technically this wasn't kosher of me to do because he didn't meet the age criteria). From my own pocket I spent $260 to fill up a smart trip card for his mother so that she could escort him to and from summer school via public transport. Through it all I lent him SO many books. At the end of it all I gave him the "My Weird School Daze" series as a reward for sticking with it. If I had packed my bags at 3:15 each day, he wouldn't be playing catch up, instead he would be repeating the year.
20/22 Rules are the only way we can maintain a classroom as keep it in order. Yes, even the stupid ones help us maintain our little bubble.
21/22 A lot of students don't realize that teachers spend a lot of time planning on how to deliver an interesting class on what is probably a very dry topic. Despite not being support by the government and hung out to dry by the media, most teachers agonize of delivering quality education that will improve the quality of life for their students. This is the shit that really happens.
22/22 We do talk so much smack about students in the teachers lounge...
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