Teaching is one of those professions that you just can’t really understand until you’re in the trenches. But there are definitely some universally relatable teacher problems that anyone who’s been in the profession for more than five minutes can recognize. We scoured Instagram to bring you 27 #TeacherProblems from real teachers that will have you commenting #same.

1. Pint-size pranksters with big jokes.


2. Darn it! You were just trying to look cute!

When your shoe breaks at 7:30 am ? #nobreakuntil9 #teacherproblems

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3. Testing season decor (or lack thereof).

It's beginning to look a lot like testing ? #sadwalls #ineedmorecolor #teacherproblems #teacherlife

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4. When potty breaks require a flow chart.

A great reminder for our littles from @simplyschoolteacher after spring break (when we got to go whenever we wanted…) ! ??

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5. Let’s call it the fear of the unknown.

This sent a shiver down my spine!! ??? #teacherproblems

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6. The logistics test before the testing.


7. When you forget to rinse out the paint cups on Friday.


8. When you’ve reached your creative limits.


9. What IS it with kids and tiny pencils?!?

Insert cuss words. #why #how #giveitigotit #teacherproblems #ticonderoga

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10. Perhaps dealing with a slight marker addiction.


11. When your pet wants to “help” you grade.

Grading assistant ??

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12. The endless pit of a student’s pockets.


13. Who needs TV with all this drama?

Don't ever make a student write an apology letter lol #HesAThug #HeDoesntPlay #EasyWayOrTheHardWay #TeacherProblems

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14. Curse you, school thermostat!

??? #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers #teacherproblems

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15. When they’re not really wrong.


16. When the revisions are too real.


17. More baby teeth than the tooth fairy.

All in a day's work. Yes, that's a tooth I'm holding ??? #tooth #why #eew #teacherproblems

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18. Cramming everything into a 30-minute “lunch” break.


19. Bringing that one thing to school that isn’t child-proof.


20. Steering clear of staff lounge temptations.


21. Strange things lurking at the bottom of your teacher bag.


22. The Never. Ending. Stacks.


23. When people suspect ulterior motives for a new hairdo.

When you have to explain to a coworker, No this hairdo isn't because of lice, but laziness. #teacherprobs #bunlife

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24. Fickle relationships.


25. You try to teach middle school with this injury.

Slight fracture! #fml #hatedoors #teacherprobs

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26. Dealing with the brutal honesty of children.

Ha! Kids…gotta love them! #teacherprobs #shedidthisonpurpose #silliness

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27. Proudly flying your freak flag.