27 Unexpected but Totally Awesome #TeacherPerks

Those moments when teaching is the best job ever.

There’s no doubt about it: Teaching can be challenging. But it also comes with some pretty wacky and wonderful upsides. Here are some of our favorite #teacherperks from Instagram.

1. When you dress up like the Queen of England.

Wacky costumes for the win.

SOURCE: sophiekrobinson

2. When someone names a crayon after you.

When someone names a crayon after you - Unexpected Teacher Perks

This is actually the cutest.

SOURCE: calliebaer

3. When you cuddle with a baby kangaroo.

Hooray for field trips!

SOURCE: sarahei04

4. When you get 30 birthday cards.

Say it with me now: Aww!

SOURCE: ms.scott_artroom

5. When you wear a crown like the queen that you are.

You’re 100 days smarter! Yay!

SOURCE: jessicafoerst_


6. When you have an excuse to buy ALL the office supplies.

Laura admits she has a problem. “At least these are all from Dollar Tree,” she writes.

SOURCE: laurajanebarber

7. When you wear a zebra onesie … to work.

Seriously, can’t EVERY Friday be onesie day?

SOURCE: binsandlabels

8. When someone hands you these beauties during recess.

When You Get a Recess Bouquet - Unexpected Teacher Perks

Nothing beats a dandelion crown.

SOURCE: captainmonotone


9. When these show up on your desk.



SOURCE: jennymedlin


10. When you get one of these.


This teacher writes, “One of my students left this on my desk at the end of the day. She also left a tiny Mason jar filled with various little hearts she made out of different pieces of paper.” ??

SOURCE: smplexistencey


11. When you write on bananas.


Love these motivational messages for Girls on the Run.

SOURCE: run.lindsey.run


12. When summer is around the corner.


It is. It really is!

SOURCE: georgiegrandfield 


13. When you get a snow day.


Work it, girl.

SOURCE: missyogateacher 


14. When you invent a board game.


AND it’s Harry Potter–related.

SOURCE: sophiekrobinson 


15. When you have Scholastic Bonus Points to spend.


They’re even better when you find something awesome to buy for the class.

SOURCE: shebalina


16. When students give YOU a reward for a change.


“I was informed that they usually save that for the person who was good ALL day … I nearly cried.”

SOURCE: alexisss06


17. When mornings are magical.


“Most days I complain about school starting so early. Today was not one of those days. Took my freshman photo class out to shoot in the morning light and had awesome results.”

SOURCE: thesteele


18. When one of your students is a barber and gives you a lunchtime cut.


What? Can this happen at my school?!

SOURCE: williebooster


19. When a kid draws this cow.

Best. Cow. Ever.

SOURCE: lewis_john09


20. When a student’s grandma knits you mittens.

HEDGEHOG mittens.

SOURCE: darth_milla


21. When you receive an unexpected proposal … with this awesome ring.

Spoiler alert: She had to say no.

SOURCE: hannahntvdd


22. When your lamination game is on point.

You can almost smell that hot plastic.

SOURCE: ms.siebert


23. When a student becomes an Eagle Scout.


SOURCE: stephenhines67


24. When you have to bring home a friend for the weekend.

It’s for science, people.

SOURCE: christyoncloud9


25. When everyone’s hands go up.

Nothing better.

SOURCE: school_papr


26. When someone draws your portrait.

That one’s a framer.

SOURCE: auburn_alsatian


27. When grades are (finally) turned in.

It’s happy hour o’clock.

SOURCE: ms._kk

Posted by Stacy Tornio

Stacy Tornio is a senior editor with WeAreTeachers. Nearly everyone in her family is a teacher. So she decided to be rebellious and write about teachers instead.


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