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19 Words That Have A Totally Different Meaning When You're A Teacher

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1. "Summer"

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What it usually means: The warmest season of the year, a time when you might take a few days off for vacation.

What it means when you're a teacher: A much-welcomed break from the school grind, that still has its share of work, and seems to get shorter and shorter every year.

2. "Project"

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What it usually means: A long-term endeavor.

What it means when you're a teacher: A way of determining how smart or dedicated a student's parents are.

3. "Social Media"

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What it usually means: An online means of keeping in touch with the world.

What it means when you're a teacher: Something you have to be suuuuper careful about so your kids don't know every detail of your personal life.

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4. "Supplies"

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What it usually means: Materials or provisions.

What it means when you're a teacher: Everything from paper, staples, folders, and pens that you can get at the "back to school" section, that you usually pay for out of pocket.

5. "Lunch"

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What it usually means: The second meal of the day.

What it means when you're a teacher: The 25-30 minutes you have to quickly go to the cafeteria and hastily consume your two-day-old pizza.

6. "Coffee"

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What it usually means: A popular morning drink that comes in many flavors.

What it means when you're a teacher: Your fuel for making it through the school day.

7. "Crafting"

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What it usually means: A hobby of making decorative articles by hand.

What it means when you're a teacher: Something you become inherently good at though classroom decorating, learning activities, and a ton of glue gun burns.

8. "Parents"

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What it usually means: A father or mother.

What it means when you're a teacher: People who can either be of great help to you, or an enormous pain in the ass, and sometimes both.

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9. "Room"

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What it usually means: A part of a building enclosed by walls.

What it means when you're a teacher: Your office/second home/work area, and where you make a majority of your memories.

10. "Testing"

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What it usually means: A means of evaluation.

What it means when you're a teacher: The most stressful time of the year for students, and it drives you crazy too.

11. "Homework"

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What it usually means: Assigned work to be completed at home.

What it means when you're a teacher: Between grading, lesson plans, and curriculum writing, something that is definitely not limited to just students.

12. "Coworkers"

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What it usually means: The people you work with.

What it means when you're a teacher: One of the best parts of your job, and some of the few people who truly understand you.

13. "Workshops"

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What they usually mean: A brief but intense education program.

What they mean when you're a teacher: A chance to take a break from the classroom, get some free food, and free teacher gear.

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14. "Sunday"

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What it usually means: The last day of the week, and a day of rest and relaxation.

What it means when you're a teacher: An entire day of pre-Monday prep work to get you ready for the week ahead.

15. "Back to School"

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What it usually means: The time of the year when kids get ready to return to school.

What it means when you're a teacher: A series of nonstop workshops, class decorating, lesson planning, and room moving that seriously tests the depths of your sanity.

16. "Recess"

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What it usually means: A chance for kids to enjoy some time outside.

What it means when you're a teacher: The one time of the day you truly have to yourself, a time when you can either catch up on work, or maybe get in a 15-minute nap.

17. "Lounge"

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What it usually means: A place where you can have a few cocktails.

What it means when you're a teacher: A place on campus where you can gossip, relax, and buy drinks that have actual caffeine in them.

18. "Teacher"

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What it usually means: Someone who teaches.

What it means when you're a teacher: Long days, longer nights, and stress-filled moments that test you in every single way, but are totally worth it.

19. "Kids"

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What it usually means: A child or young person.

What it means when you're a teacher: The 30 to sometimes 100 people who are your greatest source of both stress and joy every single day.

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