33 Problems That All Teachers Will Understand

It’s not all apples and summer holidays.

1. Students who demand your attention before sufficient caffeine has been consumed.

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2. Hearing about “exciting new changes” to the curriculum.

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3. The kids that are so horrible you know they will haunt you for years to come.

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4. When someone suggests that teaching is an easy job.

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5. Parents who think their children can do no wrong.

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6. Trying not to laugh when a student says something hilarious but completely inappropriate.

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7. When all of your students are giggling and you have no idea why.

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8. Non-teachers telling you how you should be running your classroom.

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9. When a student finds you on Facebook or Instagram.

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10. Bidding farewell to your evenings and weekends.

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11. Realising that there definitely IS such a thing as a stupid question.

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12. Having a front row seat for the demise of the English language.

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13. Receiving strange gifts from students.

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14. The first Monday morning after a break.

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15. Still acting like a teacher when you’re supposed to be acting like a normal human being.

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16. When a kid asks you a difficult question that you definitely don’t know the answer to.

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17. The complete loss of your privacy, and, at times, your dignity.

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18. Waking up early in the morning, even on weekends and holidays.

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19. Running into students in the worst possible places.

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20. Your ever-lengthening list of pet peeves.

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21. Trying not to catch the flu from your students.

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22. Getting the flu and going to work anyway.

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23. Praying for snow days.

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24. Students who text in class.

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25. Trying to remember every child’s deadly food allergies.

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26. Grading truly awful work.

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27. Mandatory faculty meetings at the end of a long day.

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28. Explaining to your friends why you won’t hang out with them in the evenings.

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29. That Friday afternoon feeling.

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30. Wanting to do this when a student disrespects you.

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31. But only being allowed to do this.

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32. Meeting people who get paid more than you to do easier jobs than yours.

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33. Trying not to cry in front of your class when a struggling student finally gets their head around the thing you’ve been trying to teach them for the last nine months.

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Hannah Jewell is a staff writer for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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