View 15 Things Teachers Say VS. What They Really Mean. “I do it for the money” - no teacher ever.


What they really mean: “OH GOD, I still have so much work to do before Monday morning.”

“I hope you’re all excited for the dance tonight.”

What they really mean: “You better be excited because I am forced to chaperone instead of getting to watch Netflix.”

“This paper is so creative!”

What they really mean: “I’ve heard this same idea for the past five years.”

“This will be easy, you learned it last year.”

What they really mean: “Great, I’m going to have to teach this year’s material as well as last year’s.”

“I’m excited to meet your families at the parent-teacher conference tonight.”

What they really mean: “I have to think of nicer ways to say ‘annoying’ and ‘loud.'”

“Today we’re going to watch an educational film.”

What they really mean: “I honestly cannot handle speaking today.”

“Have a great summer!”

Sorry (not sorry) to the teacher who gets you next year.”

“I’ve decided to postpone the test so you have more time to prepare.”

What they really mean: “I have zero time to grade tonight.”

“We’re having a pop quiz today!”

What they really mean: “We’ll see who was really paying attention and who was texting.”

“I’m feeling a little under the weather today.”

What’s sleep?”

“Your child has quite the sense of humor.”

What they really mean: “Your kid is constantly interrupting my class with his ‘jokes.'”

“Your grades don’t define you.”

What they really mean: “You’re not the brightest, but that’s okay - you’ve got a great personality.”

“Sure, I’ll come in this weekend and help reorganize classrooms.”

What they really mean: “I hate everything and everyone.”

“There is no such thing as a stupid question.”

Don’t ask them.”

“No, you may not use the restroom right now.”

What they really mean: “I know you’re just bored and want to screw around in the halls with your friends.”

“I’ll wait until it’s quiet to continue.”

What they really mean: “Talk all you want, I’m not the one who will be tested on this material.”

“I’m really organized.”

What they really mean: “I used to be organized… and then school started.”

“I would never choose another career over teaching.”

I’ll always love teaching.”

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