27 Terribly Rotten Things Teachers Do to Ruin Students’ Lives

We’re so mean.

Expecting kids to do their homework. Read the instructions. Write their names on their papers. Could teachers be any meaner? We had to find out. So we asked our Facebook community to share some of the rotten things teachers do every day to ruin kids’ lives. Read it and weep.

1. Hallway police

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 “I ask kids to be careful while walking and staring at their phones. 🤷” —Elizabeth

2. Captain unfun

“I won’t let my students play chase around the library shelves.” —Jennifer S.

3. Jacket horror

“I make students wear winter coats, hats, and gloves outside at recess. When it’s 20 degrees. I’m so awful.” —Jen

4. The cruelties of annotation …

“I make my kids underline and highlight in their text so they actually have to read their stories instead of just copying answers from their friends. I’m a monster!” —Jennifer

5. … and complete sentences

 “I ask them to write in complete sentences, even though THAT TAKES WAY TOO LONG.” —Sue

6. Oh, the audacity

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“I greet my students in the mornings at my classroom door and expect them to say ‘good morning’ back to me instead of walking by and ignoring me. —Debora

7. Seating chart cruelty

“I don’t let my students sit with people who distract them because I want them to do well.” —Sarah

8. Murderous manners

“I had the temerity to suggest that the proper response to a teacher-provided doughnut was ‘thank you,’ not ‘I WANTED one with sprinkles.'” —Lori

9. Old-fashioned research

“I make my students walk all the way across the classroom for a dictionary, even though I could just spell the word for them, which would be WAY EASIER.” —Tabby

10. So mean

“I require them to write their names on their papers if they would like to receive credit for their work. WHAT am I thinking???” —Karen

11. Ridiculous expectations

“I make them READ in reading class!” —Whitney

12. How could you?

“I make them take off their hats in my classroom, even when they have really BAD hat hair!” —Laura

13. Grammar guru

“I ask them to begin sentences with a capital letter and end them with correct punctuation, even though ‘people don’t always do that anymore.’ (Sounds like I’m mean AND old-fashioned).” —Sherry

14. Fun police

“I won’t let them hang like insane monkeys from the coat hooks. I’m just rotten, I tell you!” —Amy

15. Weekend warriors

“I require my students to read for 20 to 30 minutes every night of the week, even though it ‘totally ruins their weekends!'” —Kathleen

16. Why revise when it’s already perfect?

“I make my students ‘waste’ their time rereading and editing their own writing even though it’s SO BORING.” —Kiley

17. Teacher of the year

“I made my students quiet down before dismissing them at the bell. It robbed them of 12 precious seconds of their passing time, which caused them to be tardy to their subsequent classes. One kid was 10 minutes late, which was ALL MY FAULT.” —Erin

18. I think you’re asking too much

“I make my students bring a pencil to class, even though they can’t be expected to remember EVERYTHING.” —Karen 

19. What’s the point of cursive anyway?

“I make my students take their spelling tests in cursive, since we spent the first half of the year learning it—which is ‘JUST CRAZY because cursive has nothing to do with spelling.'” —Selena

20. Wicked witch

 “I won’t let my students listen to music on their smartphones during class even though EVERY other teacher in the WHOLE world lets them.” —Phend

21. Get with the times

 “I wore school colors on our school’s spirit day. Turns out I’m ‘waaaay too old to celebrate things like that.'” —Erin

22. Three times in 45 minutes sounds legit

 “I made a classroom rule that no one is allowed to go the bathroom more than twice in one class period. Apparently, they are all going to pee their pants. I’m horrible!” —Em

23. Way too time-consuming

“I make my second graders write a rough draft and a final copy of their writing. Oh, the humanity! Kids pout and huff and puff every time, and it STILL doesn’t change my mind.” —Abby

24. But they need to socialize!

“I expect my students to do work during group project time, even though there are MORE IMPORTANT things they need to talk about.” —Paula

25. Barefoot in the park

“I asked a student to leave his shoes on at recess. You know, so he doesn’t hurt his feet stepping on anything.” —Erica

26. But, but…Siri knows everything!

“I make my students take their school provided calculators out of their backpacks instead of using Siri.” —Allison

27. A regular Scrooge

“I made my students personalized cups with their names on it for Christmas. Two came up to me to let me know that they would have preferred a different color.” —Madison

Have more rotten things teachers do? Come and share in our WeAreTeachers HELPLINE group on Facebook.

Plus, teachers share their craziest school rules.

Posted by Dana Truby

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