You might understand what it's like to be a teacher if . . .
1. When you get to school early and you're in such a great mood that you let the new teacher who has "only a few copies" cut ahead of you in the copy line, and then. . . the copier irreparably jams.
2. When your principal wanders into your class for an informal observation and your normally on-task, highly talkative class suddenly screeches to a halt and is deathly quiet ("Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?").
5. When it's allergy season and your students go through the entire 36 pack of tissues you bought at Costco in a week.
7. When you arrive home, you change out of your work clothes and find a dry erase marker in your pocket.
8. When a student proudly turns in her essay in yellow neon ink.
10. When you get to school early to make copies, get in line
behind 5 other teachers and breathlessly hope that the copier
won't jam, finally get to start making your own copies . . . and
it immediately runs out of paper.
11. When you lecture your students about making sure their phones are always turned off during class. . . and then someone points out the noise is actually coming from your desk, where you keep your phone.
14. When you get an email from your literacy coach reminding you to push for group work and active discussion instead of teacher-centered chalk-and-talk and then end the day at a professional development meeting that's one long Power Point lecture.