Teaching is truly not for the faint of heart. But then again, neither is being a student.
Some people's personalities just don't line up with what being a teacher demands. And sometimes, students also take advantages in teachers' weak points.
These are those sometimes.
Here were some of those stories.
How To Truly Lose It
Not me but-
In the seventh grade this kid in my class wouldn't stop terrorizing our science teacher. They got into yelling matches often, he'd call her horrible names and insult her appearance, then he'd get suspended and come back, and the cycle would continue. Well one day she just snapped when he flicked a rubber band at her, funny because this time it had been an accident.
She got up, grabbed an nearest empty chair (which happened to be at the desk next to mine) and chucked it at him. It was one of those hefty chairs as well, the one you use to crack your back. Hit him, gave him a black eye, entire class started screaming. Honestly he deserved it, but the teacher got fired. Overall pretty scary experience, just seeing the absolute rage and resentment seething out of my teacher was enough to leave an impact on me.
Caught In The Act
Went to a private Lutheran middle school, most of it was pretty normal and nothing out of the ordinary. Our science teacher was a 45+ year old woman who seemed very strange from the get go. Mind you everyone sort of thought the same, the rest of our day/classes were just like any other school and teachers, but she was off. She had us take home a field trip form for an outing to the country to explore some estuary/wetland area or something of that sort, when that Friday came around we were getting ready to go and she said "we're not going to go there anymore, we're going to go to my new house and clean it out before I move in."
Right away everyone was like lol wat. People were saying immediately "uh I'm not going to do that", I stepped outside and called my mom and a few kids went to the office to ask to call their parents. This started a gigantic snowball of problems, she ended up not having a teaching license and a ton of other things like lying about her job history, etc.
That's What We Call Assault, Kids
We were in middle school and we'd dealt with this creepy, weird, teacher all year. He was just a very strange man and no one was comfortable around him. He had a nasty temper too, would go off at the drop of a hat.
End of the year we had a field day with water balloons and squirt guns and the whole nine yards. Because we're twelve and that's what we wanted. The class clown was running around dumping buckets of water on people's head, which no one minded because...duh, it's field day and like a hundred degrees out.
He dumped a bucket of water on the creepy teacher's head. Creepy teacher grabbed him by the throat and threw him into the ground. Hard. Adult versus twelve year old kid.
I was the only one who saw it. I helped the kid up and we were both like "That is not okay." We went to the principal the next morning and the creepy teacher was gone by the end of the day.
We Don't Live In An Anime
He would stare blatantly at a 100-point font word on the girls shirt and ask "Ooohhh, what does your shirt say???" and also sit the skirt-girls in the front of the class, and he must've "dropped" thousands of pencils a day. I can't remember a time he wasn't sleezy, so me and a bunch of people reported him.
Down And Out
I went to a private boarding school in elementary and had a teacher that was quite bizarre. She was really touchy with students (nothing overly inappropriate from what I remember, just put her hands on students, etc.) and had a very bad temper. She also assigned a ludicrous work load/homework; to the point where as a elementary student I had about 1-2 hours of homework every night. During the school year I frequently got debilitating migraines from stress, which as a 7-11 year old was pretty absurd.
She would physically discipline kids in class, be verbally abusive, etc. Maybe halfway through the year there had been a ton of complaints from students/parents that made it to the principal regarding her disciplinary actions, putting her hands on students, things like that. She then proceeded to personally call the students parents and tried to coerce the students over the phone that 'we were fine with the touching.' Keep in mind my mom was on the phone and it came off as really predatory and bizarre.
All of this resulted in several students transferring to another class with only a month or two in the school year. The school ended up letting her finish out the year, (probably to avoid the mess of trying to find a sub) but she was definitely on notice; she tried to 'recover' her persona but the damage was done. She got fired after the end of the school year.
Not me, but my brother's computer class teacher in high school was an old man with a slipping memory. Turns out it was more than that, I think it was Alzheimers, going senile, something like that. In his wrong mind, he accused my brother of putting a virus on his computer, some delusional accusation from out of nowhere. He tried to get him in trouble, but he proved it was false, and they let him go more so because of his deteriorating health than to punish him.
Not Your Friend, Your Teacher
My freshman year in HS we had a substitute teacher for one day. He wanted to be "cool guy teacher" so he started to ask us a bunch of questions that had NOTHING to do with the class. Out of the blue he asked us "Who in here believes in God?" A few of us raised our hands. He looked at us with disgust and actually said "Wow, your parents are raising morons!"
All of us (even those who didn't raise their hands) went to the office, and told our parents. They called the school and a couple threatened to call the news. He was fired and NEVER taught in our county/city again. Last I heard he was working at an oil change place. (Not a bad job, but not a teacher either) He bragged to us about his teaching degree, so college was for nothing. It was even his VERY first solo-teaching class ever, and his last.
Not me but...
It was year 7 (UK) so I was around the age of 12 and we were just a few months into secondary school. Two boys in my history class were messing around, trying to get at each other when one of the boys went up to the other. He pushed the other boy and the other boy pushed back.
A few seconds later fists were being thrown and the teacher sees it. He wasn't the best at teaching, however he was very calm and friendly man. The teacher speed walks over to the two boys, steps in between them and pushes them away from each other, kind of like how a boxing referee would.
It wasn't a very forceful push, but the boy who started it over-exaggerated and fell backwards, clutching his chest shouting 'Why did you push me?!?!'. The teacher helps him up off the floor and I can't remember what happened after that point.
The next lesson we had a supply teacher, and the lesson after that, and so on. We surely thought he had been fired. None of us saw him around school or anything.
Fast forward five years and I'm heading towards reception during lesson, and he comes out of the staff office and smiles. I didn't ask him about the incident. He said that he left for a while and had come back, and he still remembered teaching me :)
Mr Hartley, you're a big legend.
I had an economics professor in College who was by no means a bad professor. He prepared power points like most college professors but he always elaborated on the information and provided examples and kept us engaged with questions. Despite this, he was clearly disorganized. He gave three tests for the semester and one final. I had received an A on all three exams. When it came time for the final I was prepared but I knew I didn't do well on it. When the final course grades were posted I noticed he gave me a B.
I asked him what my grade on the final was and he told me I had received a B. I questioned how I could get As on all of the exams, a B on the final, and receive a final grade of B. He then replied that I had received two As and a B on the class exams. I disputed this with them but I had not kept a copy of the exam since it was end of semester. I disputed with the head of the Economics department and it was declined and the matter was considered closed. For whatever reason, he was fired. Maybe not because of my doing but I think I contributed to a long list of complaints.
Who Does This To Babies?!
My first grade teacher took a disliking to me. She pretty much verbally abused me in front of the class from the git go... I was her whipping boy so to speak. Would pull me up in front of the class and explain to them how stupid I was. It went on for some time, I mean hell, I'm a little dope who just started school how am I to know.
Well, it got to be too much as I went home crying after one particularly difficult day. Once I came clean to my mother about what had been going on she went all momma bear at the school. Got that mean ole lady fired posthaste. And the world is a better place for it.
It seems that it's far more common to hear somebody complain about their job than to hear them give a glowing review of their line of work.
But before you think that everyone out here is miserable, there are some people who do like their work.
These beloved jobs come in all different shapes and sizes. And they're enjoyed for just as many various reasons: the lack of stress, the excitement of the work, the hours, or even the co-workers may all be good reasons to have a decent enough time at work.
Perhaps curious about the decent jobs out there, Redditor KM5550 asked:
"People who actually love their jobs: how and why?"
Many discussed the jobs that allow them to work outside, rather than sitting at a desk in an office all day long.
We All Know That Guy
"I'm the guy who gets to wave glow sticks at the airport and help parallel park airplanes. The only downside is that I have to stay outside at all times"
Furry Friends All Day Long
"Dog walker here. I love being outside all day, little to no contact with humans, and spending everyday with all kinds of fun and adorable dogs, there is virtually no downside."
"They are so happy to see me and even happier to walk. It's seriously criminal that I get paid to do this lol"
Close to Earth
"I own and run a farm. We do a lot of gourmet mushrooms, garlic, specialty fruits, etc. I have always loved to cook. Cooking with fresh local ingredients is awesome."
"Basing your life around producing those ingredients, cooking with them, and sharing with your community is amazing. I would never have a normal 'job' again."
"It really is true that with some persistence and a bit of luck you can find a job that doesn't feel like work."
Others enjoy their work for all the time they get to spend with children. There is never a dull moment with those zany, tiny children.
Blowing (Up) Minds
"I'm a science teacher. I love working with kids, I love that I don't have administrative responsibilities. All I have to do is make lesson plans, and teach those plans, and I can refine them through the day as needed. If a lesson goes great, I can save it for the next year, and there is no shortage of good ideas online."
"It is infinitely more rewarding helping kids understand difficult concepts and seeing those 'aha!' moments, much better than my previous soul-crushing desk job."
"Also, every now and then I get to blow sh** up with a bunch of kids."
Legos Is a Nice Perk
"Pediatric registered nurse. When I'm done my assessments, medication administration, and charting, I spend my downtime building Legos and playing video games with my patients."
"Pretty sweet gig."
Concocting Behind Closed Doors
"I'm an art teacher. I shut my door, interpret the curriculum how I see fit, and have a blast making amazing projects with my kids."
"Since it's art, nobody really gives a crap about what I'm doing, as long as my kids are working. It gives me a lot of freedom to teach what I think is appropriate."
Others highlighted their work in manual labor or service industry positions. Those these often get a bad rap, these jobs are apparently rather enjoyable.
A Pragmatic Skill
"I love working in manufacturing/welding. There's a lot of satisfaction in creating something out of something else. I take pride that my work meets specs and the money is ok."
"It's not necessarily a rare skill set, but not everyone can do it. I've struggled with ADD and depression, so being successful at my trade is very important to me."
Some Peace of Mind
"Worked retail for 10 years. Took a pay cut to go to a different, small grocery store. It's kind of like a David's if anyone knows that chain. Bit bigger, it's in a rich a** development. Old white folk (nice tips sometimes randomly just for pointing out the bananas or something)"
"So I'm the only one in the produce department, aka I run this, zero supervision. It's pretty nice. I can take breaks whenever I want, free lunch from the deli, don't have to deal with customers aside from the occasional "where is X". Pretty sweet gig."
"But I've already gotten a raise to match my previous salary. And the usual promises of more. We'll see about that, but I'm happy for now, they're happy with me. All is well, and I'm not pi**ed off all day anymore."
"Only complaint would be that because the way the trucks are scheduled I don't get two days in a row off anymore. But oh well. I can deal."
"I left my career and the big hustle of the city (LA, and before that Toronto), and moved to a tiny town in the mountains where I took a job as a baker. It's like living in a Hallmark movie; there isn't a stop light around for like 30 miles and everything is all alpine village-y and."
"I make half the money I did at my old desk job but my expenses are half what they were, and I have ZERO stress - our customers are always happy because pie."
Just a Fine Job
"I'm a member of the International Union of Elevator Constructors. I install elevators for a living. The benefits and pay are incredible. The work is very satisfying and I actually enjoy coming into work every day."
"It can get stressful and some days are way harder than others but generally it's a pretty fun job building sh** and using tools all day."
So if you're looking to make a massive career change to feel less stress, perhaps these jobs are worthy of some thought.
How many times have you stubbed your toe because you weren't paying attention and banged it against some furniture? Hurts like hell, doesn't it? Have you ever slipped outside because you didn't realize the rain––or ice––on the roads would be so slick? You probably have (and hopefully you didn't bang yourself up too much). You probably hope no one was looking... to save yourself from certain embarrassment.
Believe it or not, there are people out there who've fared worse.
People were all too willing to share their experiences after Redditor 7937397 asked the online community,
"What is the stupidest injury you've ever gotten?"
"Then got laid off."
"Leaned forward to look at my face closely in the bathroom mirror. Vertebrae in my lower back slipped out of position. Nine weeks on disability. Then got laid off."
It's true what they say... when it rains, it really pours.
"I once injured my leg..."
"I once injured my leg by jumping off the back of a moving truck, so that I wouldn't be in trouble for riding on the back of a moving truck."
"I once broke my thumb..."
"I once broke my thumb trying to give someone a hug.
Awkwardly caught it on their body and the ligament of my stretched thumb popped off and took some bone with it!"
How did you do that?!
I mean... I know you explained it and all, but... how did you do that?!
"I wasn't watching..."
"I've hurt myself in many weird ways, so this was tough to figure out. A while ago I was riding my bike and saw a rabbit. I wasn't watching where I was going and rode off a retaining wall. I got a concussion from that."
"When it reopened..."
"When I was 5, I was stepped on by a llama. My mom said I had a llama foot-shaped bruise on my back for a couple of weeks.
They closed the petting zoo after that. When it reopened, they no longer allowed people inside the animal pens."
Ah, I see now.
So you're the one who ruined it for everyone else. Gotcha.
(Great story, though.)
"When I was six..."
"When I was six my forehead was really itchy but it was one of those deep itches that you couldn't really scratch out. So my bright 6-year-old brain told me to get into an all-fours position and try rubbing my forehead into the carpet… well I did that and ended up taking a small layer of skin off that took ages to heal completely."
Imagine walking in on your kid and seeing this.
You'd think they were possessed.
"I punched myself..."
"I punched myself in the forehead during an improv comedy bit and gave myself a concussion."
This begs the question...
So are you really strong?
Or just really weak?
"Severed three tendons..."
"Severed three tendons in my left hand while slicing a bagel. Basic tendon repair went over well, but my middle finger got infected. They had to put a tendon from my leg into my hand. Three surgeries over a bagel."
This one wins.
Sorry, everyone. You can all go home now.
"I decided it would be quicker to walk down an incline of tennis-ball-sized rocks in flip flops with my hands full than walk around on the pavement. I was right - I descended quickly!"
"I had lost..."
"I had lost about 30 pounds, and my belt was getting too big. Most people would say "oh, time to buy a new belt!" The craftier of us might say "time to get out my leather punch!" I say "time to dig a hole in the belt with my folding pocket knife!"
It folded in on itself while I was digging a new hole in the leather and cut my thumb to the bone, and had to go to urgent care to get it stitched up.
My wife bought me a leather punching tool for Christmas that year."
We hope you're all thinking twice of playing with knives... or jumping off trucks... or even going outside.
Just stay indoors, preferably in bed. You should be safe. God-willing.
Have some stories of your own? Feel free to tell us all about them in the comments below!
Why are you mad? It's unhealthy. Do we even comprehend why we're miffed half the time? I don't, I've lost track. Although, I do get angry at the drop of a hat. So each origin can be arduous to track.
There really is no exact explanation as to why tempers can be set off. Of course, we are in sensitive times and emotions are are always at an edge, so that doesn't help.
But we really need to do some serious examining into what sets us off so easily. Anger is not an emotion that is sustainable or often has to do with logic. But let's try to find some...
Redditor u/KingOfJuiceBoxes wanted to discuss the times we've all been surprised by anger of others by asking:
What is the stupidest reason someone got mad at you?
I am at my wit's end with people who are overly polite while driving. I know on paper that sounds like a good thing but when you are polite, you tend to buck the rules. The rules I'm trusting you to follow. So when you buck the rules, even for kindness, I can't be secure as a driver. Now I'm mad.
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"My "friend" stole a book. I asked him why he stole it when he's rich. He got really offended about the word "rich" and said I need to use the word "wealthy," because "rich" implies he didn't earn what he has. He never earned crap, especially that book."
"My ex got mad (yelling, followed by a weekend's worth of sulking silent treatment) during a road trip because I didn't know where the movie theater was or how to get there in the city we stopped in for the night. A city in which I had never been. This was years ago, before smartphones & GPS existed."
The Great Divide
"For trying to use a divider to divide his groceries from the person behind him. He told me it "offended" him and he tried to wrestle the divider away from me. He even had the audacity to tell everyone I was the crazy one."
"Jealousy is a hell of a drug, mine is "because I changed into a jumpsuit and flats at a wedding after party for my SIL, that I attended with my fiancé, her brother." CLEARLY I was actually hitting on this rando's bf in front of all my future in laws because… I… am disabled and can't stand in heels for more than an hour and wanted to be comfortable - so I guess I should have put a poncho on that says I'm Gross!!"
"To avoid confusing your man, my bad. She legit came up to my chin ready to go "I'm from Boston I'll freaking take you" I guess I'm happy her bf and another groomsman carried her away because my MIL would have slit my throat for fighting at the big money wedding. I for sure could have taken her butt lol "I'm from Boston" I'm from Canada and have thrown shovels of snow heavier than you when I was 12."
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"Because I thanked their boyfriend for opening the door for me... Like, what?"
Humans are a mess. We can't have nice things. I think it's because trust has clearly become a mirage. But so many other issues are the problem. And when we can't trust that always leads to anger.
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"I wasn't at my house, I told the guy I wasn't going to be there and he just ignored me and still went to my house."
"My roommates girlfriend was talking about how she needed an oil change for her car. I offered to do it for her and was explaining what all I needed to do it. My roommate got pissed and stormed off throwing a tantrum. They got into an argument because he's thinking me changing her oil is my way of trying to have sex with her. So now it's become an inside joke with me, my girlfriend, and my other roommates."
"I used to work in a store that sold food and this guy and his girlfriend came in, and he was asking me about some of the food. Normal sales conversation stuff. The girlfriend kept inserting herself between us and trying to turn him away from looking directly at me. I gave up on trying to do my actual and literal job and just walked away and she smirked at me the whole time."
"I was also cashiering up front when they got ready to check out, and the girlfriend let someone else go in front of her so they wouldn't be at my register. Ma'am if you're that insecure then that's not everyone else's problem to deal with, therapy is easily available these days."
"I used to work in a toy store when I was a teenager and there was this crazy lady who would come in once a week to yell at me because we didn't have any Chucky dolls. From the stupid movie where he comes to life and is evil. At the time, no one had them, because no one made them. Something I informed her of every week. I know they make them now so I hope she's happy."
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"This happened recently, actually. I work at a restaurant, and we're kind of short-staffed right now, so one of my managers, without my permission, decided to sign me up for some extra shifts on a volunteer sign-up form. When I reported this to my head manager, the other manager got mad at me and called me selfish, which is ironic, considering he's the laziest fool I've ever laid eyes on."
Anger in hospitality is a given. So I'll let that one slide, but seriously people... we need to do better. Except when it comes to Chucky. Anger towards Chucky is good. But let's try to be calmer in general.
Love is crazy. I've finally come to that conclusion. And marriage, you take your life in your hands and just throw caution to the wind in hopes of survival with that step.
When love falls apart, things can get real messy, real fast. And I've always been stunned by people's behavior when love subsides.
More often than not, it's like they become different people. Sometimes people are beset by tragedy and grief and sometimes people smile wide and move on. It's a coin toss.
But my favorite post divorce personality has to be the sudden super villain. Oh honey watch out for them!
Redditor u/hyperyog wanted to hear all the tea from the divorcees out there by asking:
Divorced Redditors, what is the craziest thing you or your former spouse did after divorce?
I once had a friend who burned her ex's house down when he wasn't home. He had started seeing someone almost immediately, so she thought, lemme set their sparks. Yeah, she wasn't well. Whatever happened to just a quick goodbye?
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"She removed the retaining clips for my windshield wipers, but put the wipers back on the arms. First storm after I got my car back from her, driver side wiper flew off the car on Interstate 40. Good times."
"He wrote suicide notes and put them in my kids backpacks for them/me to find. Then he turned off his phone and went to a coworkers house to play crib and have drinks.. all the while knowing I would be freaking out searching for him thinking he was in danger or worse. Thankfully my kids didn't see the notes and didn't know what was going on. This was just one of the many, many crazy things he did. Two years out and he just recently stopped showing up at my work and driving by my house at night."
A Sad End
"Died of a drug overdose. To be fair, her drug addiction was the reason for the divorce, so maybe that isn't too crazy."
"That's so incredibly difficult to have gone through. I unfortunately know the depths of this kind of pain, and while I'm sure the circumstances surrounding it are different, the loss that still happened is a tragedy. My condolences."
"Stalked me for 5 years. Would make fake social media profiles to try to follow me (which I would block endlessly) and would try to find where I worked so she could talk to me. This lady cheated on me with 7 different men 2 months after we were married. I kicked her a** to the curb and made her sign the court papers."
"When we had our day in court she cried in the judges office while I just wanted to get this crap done. After, my dad was with me and he threw 50 dollars at her and told her to "change your freaking last name." Good guy Pops. I haven't seen or heard from her in about 5 years, thank goodness."
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"I had an ex-boyfriend go through my apartment and take back every gift he had given me that he could find. Then he went in my bedside table and took the condoms. And the vibrator he had given me."
See now, when I'm out... I'm out! I don't want to see you, hear from you or know you. I wish you well in life, but please live it far from me. Anyone agree? Clearly not the people here. Let's continue...
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"All I wanted was custody of my son, I gave her everything else except one of our cars. She fought me through 5 hearings, I won. She never came to see him again."
"My ex cheated on me the week my mom died in the hospital. She spent a year and a half trying to get in touch with me. She would call my old work and make fake accounts trying to message me on FB. It was insane. She later sends a certified letter explaining she was sorry that she did what she did and that she aborted our child."
"Wanted me to meet her somewhere so she could apologize face to face. She already married some other guy that she had children with and was still trying to get in touch with me. I never understood her."
"After years of telling me she wanted a child, that she wanted to be a mom, that her life's dream was to be a stay at home mom, she got pregnant with the first guy she slept with while we were getting divorced and put the kid up for adoption even before it was born. This was a long-standing thing with her, she always wanted something (car, house, dog, cat, marriage, etc) and the second she got it she immediately hated it."
"Called me and pretended he had been hit by a car while we were talking. He even tried to voice the crowd that had gathered around his "body." God-awful acting, but pretty funny listening to him try to mimic a woman's voice. Points for trying to be inclusive, I guess."
"I think he was trying to get me to re-live my trauma of being on the phone with a friend who actually HAD been hit by a car while we were talking. Too bad he didn't realize that hearing the real thing is worlds different than hearing a dumba** try to act it out."
"I was sending 600 dollars a month to support my daughter because she's the only thing I give a sh!t about. My ex texts me and tells me I need to be sending 1200 a month because she's broke and can't pay her bills and I should feel guilty about it. She left me for another guy while I was on deployment I told her to go screw herself--call my lawyer."
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"Took the sodas from the fridge as he walked out the door. Dumfounded."
See, I blame Alanis Morissette and her "Jagged Little Pill" album. All I'm going to say is... the secret song. I think she gave people ideas. (I love that song) Y'all, seek therapy if you can't shake people. When it's done, let it be done.