This is an old, old joke, but I remember reading it when I was still at university and I remember I didn’t get it. It wasn’t funny at that time. I was even offended.
‘How can someone say something like this?! The kids are so sweet. Teaching is a dream job!’
Yes, I was that naive.
Twelve years of teaching later, I think it’s hilarious. I also think kids are sweet MOST of the time and that teaching CAN be a dream job.
AND, I rarely get offended.
You Are A Teacher If…
You believe the staff room should be equipped with a Valium salt lick.
You find humor in other people’s stupidity.
You want to slap the next person who says “Must be nice to work 8 to 3:20 and have summers free.”
You believe chocolate is a food group.
You can tell if it’s a full moon without ever looking outside.
You believe that unspeakable evils will befall you if anyone says “Boy, the kids sure are mellow today.
When out in public you feel the urge to snap your fingers at children you do not know to correct their behavior.
You have no life between August to June.
When you mention “Vegetables” you’re not talking about a food group.
You believe in aerial Prozac spraying.
You believe no one should be permitted to reproduce without having taught in an elementary setting for the last 10 years.
You’ve ever had your profession slammed by someone who would “Never DREAM” of doing your job.
You think caffeine should be available in intravenous form.
You know you are in for a major project when a parent says “I have a great idea I’d like to discuss. I think it would be such fun.”
You want to choke a person when they say “Oh, you must have such FUN everyday. This must be like playtime for you.”
Meeting a child’s parent instantly answers the question “Why is this kid like this?”