For years, I have been planning 2 books. One for parents and one for teachers on all the stuff that nobody told me I was going to have to say. When my boys were little, I read all the “What to expect” and Parenting 101 books full of great advice. But NONE of the books managed to convey the absolute unpredictable reality of being a parent or a teacher. The idea came to me when I actually had to say to my boys “No, you can NOT wrestle in the dark , on the front lawn, with bags on your head.” THAT is an actual sentence…I said…out loud…and meant it!
So, this week’s post is a little different! I want us to have some fun with things we have to say as teachers that we never imagined saying. I was inspired by this hilarious instagram site from Live from Snack time who are the authors of ” I did my homework in my head!” https://instagram.com/livefromsnacktime?igshid=kh9jlt0sru8w Check these out and prepare to belly laugh and maybe even cry a little.
Here are my top 5 things I never imagined I would be saying as a teacher:
- Number 5 – Please stop swinging your lunchbox like a ninja.
- Number 4 – It is not okay to lick your hands while I am giving instruction.
- Number 3 – If you ever see a snake at my feet during instruction again, you are allowed to speak without raising your hand.
- Number 2 – People do not like it when you stand that close to them without speaking.
- Number 1 – For the last time, you may not use your food or food trash as toys. No more frito bag puppets or fruit roll up ninja headbands.
Now – these gems are real statements I have made. But, the list is way longer and way wilder. Kids are an unpredictable, wild, and sometimes shocking ride. Teaching involves saying things you never imagined you would say that are hilarious and some that are heartbreaking. A friend of mine had a student in his class pass away due to a tragic accident. He made the decision to be the one to tell his class. He felt his commitment to being a classroom “family” required him to share the news and help this group through it. It was the hardest words he ever had to say. Words he never imagined he would have to say.
So, as you take a moment to laugh about all the things you have had to say to students over the years, I want you to do a couple of things:
- Share any funny statements you have made in the comments below or on the Authentic Teaching social media pages. It’s great to laugh.
- Reflect on the hard words you have had to say. The unimaginable words you have had to say and know that you said them for a really important reason.
- Know that your words have POWER. Use them carefully!