Teachers are people too, so they're prone to strange behavior just like the rest of us. Some of the habitual weirdness is pretty, erm, bizarre.
CrunchyTriceratops asked: What's the weirdest thing a teacher has done in your class?
Submissions have been edited for clarity, context, and profanity.
10. Doesn't sound like a terrible way to spend the day.
English Lit. teacher would arrive at school about 2 hours before class started and had a tv with a PS3, he would play video games for about an hour land when I started coming in early, I saw him play and talk with the Physics and AP World History teacher.
We read about Macbeth and Oedipus, and he'd go into tangents about God of War and how it's basically a video game version of a Greek play, but he also loved to talk about how CJ was like the protagonist of a Shakespearian play.
For the record, he was in 60s when I had him.
That sounds like a dope life.
9. Science is the tea.
Each day, our high school chemistry teacher made tea in a clear glass beaker heated on a metal stand above a Bunsen burner in front of the class.
Students would take turns warning him to turn the Bunsen burner off when it started to "bubble" before his tea boiled over.
8. Instead, they were treated to a lesson in clutziness.
I had a substitute teacher in a math class in high school give us a demonstration of how to land when skydiving as a "treat" for getting through our lesson.
She was overweight and wearing a long skirt. She sort of crumpled on the ground, and then rolled, but her leg hit the overhead projector and all the pens clattered to the floor and rolled under the desks.
She stood up and we all just sort of stared at her in silence, and then she slipped on one of the pens as she went back to her desk. It was like a Chris Farley sketch.
That is the most random "treat." How is it even a "treat?"
7. Weird indeed.
Had a math teacher who would just write what pages of problems she wanted us to do in class, and then would proceed to have loud conversations on the phone with her daughters.
The weirdest part was that her daughters were in middle school. None of us understood how her daughters were able to talk to her at 11:30am.
Our middle school started much later than the high school, so their lunch was closer to 12:30-1pm (they got out of school at 3:30).
6. Nothing like getting divorce tips from third graders.
When I was in grade 3 my teacher brought her divorce into like, every lesson. I didn't think much of it, but knew it was probably not in the teacher's manual.
"Today we'll be learning DIVISION."
"This'll really help you when f*cking Carl gets the kids and you want him to get no f*cking child support for they little sh*ts"
5. Now kids, pay attention.
Faked a heart attack.
It was IT class and we had a little door dividing the class from the technicians office.
The teacher at the time was popping his head around the corner looking at an oblivious class before retreating. I had seen him and wondered what the f*ck was going on.
He then suddenly rushes in clutching his chest before slowly and dramatically falling to his knees and laying down. I laughed out of sheer awkwardness to what I had witnessed, he laid there, still until someone asked if he was okay.
Cracking open an eye, he then decided to have a go at me for laughing and asked what i would have done if it was a real heart attack. I got sent out the classroom for telling him I'd seen him preparing his heart attack.
3. Not sure that "happy" is the right word.
I went to college in Ontario, Canada, and this was said by an instructor in about 2004-5.
"Happy September 11th everyone!"
This made me cringe.
I had a high school teacher who said that regardless of the day. She'd go, 'Happy March 23rd!" today for example. I never gave it any though, but I now wonder what she says on September 11th.
2. Some teachers don't like not being the smartest person in the room.
Scolded someone for telling the right answer before she found it out.
I've seen that happen so often it doesn't register as weird.
1. Hard to argue with the logic, tbh.
In eighth grade we got a new math teacher because the one we had for two years before that that everyone liked moved schools and the new guy was a complete d!ck.
At first we all gave him a chance because we didn't want the year to suck anymore than he did but pretty quickly we got really tired of him.
Anyway, every day was a sh*t show in that class and not even the smartest kids in the school had a good grade so he knew he needed to do something. That something however was the weirdest sh*t I have ever seen a teacher do. We walked into class one day and he gave us this whole speech about how he wanted to have a clean slate with us which was fine but then he pulled out some electric clippers and proceeded to shave his beard into a cardboard box to symbolize a "clean slate."
What's the weirdest thing you've ever seen a teacher do?
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