High School Teachers Reveal What They Wish Their Students Knew About Them
Teachers have a hard job and empathy can make all the difference, as we learned when Redditor 2minutestosundown asked the online community: High School teachers of Reddit, what is the one thing that you want your students to know that you'd never tell them in person?
"Yes, I put you in a group..."
Yes, I put you in a group with the kid you have a crush on intentionally. I'm stuck here with you 180 days a year, I want to see some drama.
"I think what you learn..."
I think what you learn in the other classes is mostly useless rubbish, the things you're supposed to do to learn it is boring and ineffective, and the way our schools are organised is archaic and not fit for humans, much less kids.
"I'm not saying..."
I'm not saying I liked fights in my classroom. I'm just saying I might have taken a little longer to react when the jerk student / bully was finally getting what was long overdue.
Also, thank you to my students who would have my back when they'd kindly remind the class that I exist. "HEY, YA'LL MFERS SHUT THE F UP. MR. ____ IS TRYNA TEACH!" I had to look a little disappointed, but I appreciate you and I thank you for being my voice.
"Yes, we have..."
Yes, we have a new seating chart... and yes, I sat you next to her because I can tell you have a crush on her. I noticed you try harder on your work when she is around, and to be honest... you two would make a cute couple :)
"I am no longer..."
I am no longer a teacher, but I remember several days that I felt lazy and wanted to give the class the day off. I never did because I knew the teacher's pet would rat me out. Sometimes even the teachers don't like the teacher's pet.
"I'd let you..."
I'd let you get away with so much more if you were actually a decent person who treated others with kindness and respect. Meanies rarely get the benefit of doubt or indifference.
"If you're nice..."
If you're nice to me and aren't disruptive I'll always work the numbers in your favor when it comes time to post grades.
I teach middle school in Taiwan. My students are 60% ESL, 30% Intermediate English Proficiency, and 10% Native Fluency (only have 42 students so this number is pretty on the money).
I want to tell them this: I'm not an idiot. When you are ridiculing me in Chinese, I've picked up phrases and know which ones you're using. Don't act surprised when I give you detention for calling me bendan (dumbass) or baichi (idiot). I know what you're saying ugh! Bendan!
The weed smell doesn't magically disappear between the parking lot and my classroom.
"It wasn't me!"
There's not much you can do when the righteous fist of the law comes down on you. Call it a mix-up, or call it a mistake, if someone's pegged you at the scene of a crime there's not much you can do but trust the justice system to prove you innocent. However, that's a gamble, and just because you've been given a "not guilty" doesn't mean the effects won't follow you for the rest of your life.
Reddit user, u/danbrownskin, wanted to hear about the times when it wasn't you, seriously, it was someone else, when they asked: