17 Strange Things Teachers Do When Students Aren’t Around

When the kids are away, the teachers will play.

17 Things Teachers Do When Their Students Aren't Around

What do teachers do when their students aren’t around? It’s one of the greatest kid mysteries, and yet the answers are pretty simple. We scoured Instagram to uncover the things teachers do in empty classrooms and abandoned hallways or on teacher PD days and school breaks. Check it out.

1. They put their feet up on their desks.

You have to take it easy when you can. (And admire everything in its place.)

Feet up Friday! #nostudentsnoproblems #employeeplanningday #iteachfirst #iteachtoo #iteach1st #classroomsetup

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2. They take a turn on the bouncy castle.

Because the start of summer break only happens once a year. (Also, margaritas.)


3. They break into the prize box.

You thought that toy looked a little well-worn.


4. They bend the rules on dress code.

No shirt, no math problems.


5. They act crazy in the hallways.

The rules are different for teachers, #amiright?

#teacherworkdayfun #hellosummer

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6. They pull epic pranks.

Didn’t you want a class pet? #coworkergoals


7. They play games without you.

And wait, are those donuts back there?

When the kids are away, the teachers will play!! #EscapeRoom #TeacherWorkday

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8. They celebrate school breaks.

Oh don’t worry kids, they’ll still miss you.


9. They wear sassy t-shirts.

Where can we get one?


10. They bring friends to help with their grading.

Wouldn’t you?

Harley wanted to just give everyone an A and go to the park. #teacherspet #harleytheshihtzu #teacherworkday

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11. They catch up on YouTube.

So many vids, so little time.

Busy at work can't you tell?? LOL.. #nostudentstoday #Youtube #chillaxin #easyday

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12. They make *important* discoveries.

Who knew?


13. They eat teachers-only cupcakes.

Which they very much deserve.

Summer themed breakfast at school. #cupcake #nostudentsallowed #teacherlife #breakfast #arewedoneyet

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14. They hoard the best office supplies.

Because let’s face it, kids ruin stuff.

#ermahgerd #newpencilsharpener #happyartteacher #nostudentsallowed

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15. They watch March Madness in the teachers’ lounge.

I would like to do this, please.

How Trunnell office staff does March Madness. #weworkhardforthemoney #nostudentsallowed

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16. They get creative in the science lab.

Afterall, good teaching is a marriage of learning and fun.

Spotted. #teacherpranks

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17. They have fun with the craft supplies.

We told you a teacher’s eyes are everywhere.

March Madness, Mayo edition. #teacherpranks #springfever #googleeyes #adventuresinlp

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What’s the best thing you and your teacher friends have ever done when there were no students around? Please share in the comments.

Posted by Hannah Hudson

Hannah Hudson is the editorial director of WeAreTeachers. You can follow her on Twitter at @hannahthudson or on Facebook here. Email her at hannah@weareteachers.com.

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