If parents didn’t realize just how underpaid teachers were before social distancing, they should by now. Over the last few weeks, parents have been sharing their homeschooling woes on social media! We rounded 25+ tweets from quarantined parents who are realizing what a teacher’s life can be like. Check out—and sympathize with—this list below!
1. I think a few of us teachers might agree.
Been homeschooling a 6-year old and 8-year old for one hour and 11 minutes. Teachers deserve to make a billion dollars a year. Or a week.
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) March 16, 2020
We’ll settle for the $1B annual salary.
2. It is obviously your fault, Cara. 😉
8 year old is covered in paint. 17 year old is not speaking to me because pandemic is ruining her social life and it is obviously my fault.
— Cara Biddings (@BiddingsCara) March 16, 2020
How dare our love and care get in the way of their social lives.
3. Not even award-winning teacher parents have it easy.
Just so everyone is clear: my children are not the least bit impressed at being homeschooled by the Michigan Teacher of the Year. 🤷🏻♀️ #Homeschooling #stayhomechallenge #workingfromhome #remotelearning
— Cara (a woman from Michigan) (@WonderTeach) March 17, 2020
It’s funny how that works.
4. Kids will keep you on your toes.
told luna she needs to stop asking me for things all day. she said "ok then I've decided you're going to give me a sucker"
— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) April 6, 2020
They learn so fast.
5. Glad we’re not alone.
Overheard my kids talking about how weird their teacher is.
I’m their teacher.
— Jessie (@mommajessiec) March 18, 2020
A tale as old as time: Kids thinking their teachers are annoying.
6. Has anyone else gotten a parent email like this recently?!
This!!! 👇👇👇😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/LHBIX88yey
— Fixing Education (@FixingEducation) March 30, 2020
Let’s start with Lysol wipes.
7. Let us know how that request goes. 😂
Homeschooling day 1: trying to get this kid transferred out of my class.
— OutnumberedMother (@OutNumbMother) March 17, 2020
Who would be the school admin to talk to in this case?
8. “Isn’t Kindergarten just arts and crafts?”
Isolation’s going well pic.twitter.com/XqY58BC8aC
— Clare 🍀💚🍀 (@clare_doc) March 19, 2020
That is NOT how finger-painting is supposed to go.
9. At least we get to see our kids’ creativity in action.
My 8 year old daughter just yelled “Oh no the toilet is smoking!!” My wife and I ran to the bathroom to find this. It’s just day 4 of home school. pic.twitter.com/tG92vJPOtR
— Matthew Berry (@MatthewBerryTMR) March 19, 2020
We would not have known what to expect.
10. This and “There’s nothing to eat.”
Homeschooling update day 9:
Today we did maths
If you have 3 kids, and they are awake roughly 13 hours in the day, and you’re trying to work from home, how many times will you hear the word ‘snack’?
— ThreeTimeDaddy (@threetimedaddy) April 2, 2020
Please show your work with your answers.
11. Did we mention the creativity?
“You can eat 50% of a mermaid before you’re considered a cannibal.”
My kid, using homeschool math during social distancing
— Sara Says Stop (@PetrickSara) March 19, 2020
This is certainly a different way to do math.
12. Only one? Not bad!
Quarantine day 11: My kids are playing outside, washing rocks from the landscaping. One of them is naked.
— Unfiltered Mama (@UnfilteredMama) March 25, 2020
At least they’re cleaning.
13. This happens about once per recess.
only 2 days into quarantine pic.twitter.com/HKTCGXwePB
— mouth breather (@dogdeprived) March 17, 2020
Is there any family who hasn’t had a scene like this recently?
14. Another reminder to teach your kids hygiene.
Our homeschool curriculum includes my lecture series entitled “Yes You Still Have to Brush Your Teeth Even Though We Aren’t Going Anywhere”
— AsKateWouldHaveIt (@KateWouldHaveIt) March 18, 2020
Hygiene is certainly never cancelled.
15. This brings back nightmares I had from “Baby Shark.”
I love my children so much that if I really think about it it overwhelms me, but if I have to hear one more chorus of the song they’ve made up ‘HEY DUDE WHERE’S YOUR DONKEY’ I swear I’m going to live in the woods on my own until this is all over #HomeSchooling
— Will Evans (@willpenrievans) April 7, 2020
Kids find the darnedest Internet trends.
16. It works both ways?
A laptop ban has just been promulgated by my daughter. #homeschooling pic.twitter.com/3W3K7LFNyB
— Stefano Palminteri (@StePalminteri) April 6, 2020
The bigger question is: Did they abide by the rule?
17. Sometimes we think the same thing.
Hard to imagine how my kids were ever able to survive regular school days without 23 snacks.
— Simon Holland (@simoncholland) March 20, 2020
To be fair, even teachers have snack drawers.
18. NOW do you believe that they can be disruptive in class at times? 😂
Check on your friends stuck in quarantine with kids that never stop talking.
We are NOT ok.
— MomTransparenting (@momtransparent1) March 22, 2020
We’ve been telling you!
19. Deep breaths, y’all.
How 90% of moms trying to homeschool their kids are feeling right now… #letsjustbehonest pic.twitter.com/iooURbPRWA
— JᴀʏLᴇᴇ ☻︎♥︎☮︎︎ (@MsJayLee22) March 20, 2020
We love them, but …
20. Who doesn’t love being corrected by their kids?
Home school going swimmingly.
Me: "I've set you some questions. Number 1 why were the Egyptians the first civilisation?"
Daughter: "Dad the Sumerians were the first civilisation."
Me: "damn you're right"
— Sam Freedman (@Samfr) March 23, 2020
Like we said earlier, they keep you on your toes.
21. Lesson planning is harder than you may think.
[HOMESCHOOLING DAY 5]
Listen up kids, it’s another arts and crafts day and we’re making homemade masks out of egg cartons and toilet paper rolls again
— Sock Hollidre (@sock_holliday) April 2, 2020
Now try doing this for an entire school year. 😉
me: you need to go wash your hands
son: because of the virus?
me: your hands are literally wedged inside your own butt right now
— Henpecked Hal (@HenpeckedHal) March 17, 2020
Yeah, we still don’t have words for this one.
23. But hey, they’re helpful sometimes!
You haven't lived until you've heard a group of 1st graders shouting "mute yourself" and "i can't hear you, unmute yourself"
— kellan 🌊 (@kellan) March 23, 2020
How many times has this happened to you already?
24. Not sure if this counts as “play-based learning.”
When Daddy is the #homeschool teacher, you get lots of recess…or PE depending on how you look at it. #prouddad #ShelterInPlace pic.twitter.com/g5JVU9P874
— Mike Heimbuch (@HeimbuchMike) April 7, 2020
It does look like a fun time though.
25. At the end of the day, this is a big part of both parenting and teaching.
To parents entertaining kids during social distancing and quarantine: IF YOU KEEP THEM ALIVE THAT IS SUFFICIENT. Don't feel guilty if you're not enriching their souls, teaching them kumihimo & sign language & engaging their spirits. Toss them some fish sticks; they'll be fine.
— Potatoes of Defiance (@nlqualls) March 17, 2020
Sometimes all you need is a little love and some fish sticks.
26. We appreciate you too, non-teacher parents.
Thank you for ALL you’re doing for your children. Thanks for setting up school at your kitchen tables. Thanks for stepping in to teach and doing your best to help them. Thanks for being patient, understanding and kind.
We are grateful for you. 🙏🏼@Brick_K12 @LRMSLakers pic.twitter.com/1NCIeuob6t
— 𝕂𝕖𝕝𝕝𝕪 ℂ𝕖𝕣𝕓𝕠𝕟𝕖 (@EDUC8_2_EMPOWER) March 18, 2020
See what teaching from home has looked like for these teachers.
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