What These 34 Emojis Really Mean to Teachers

For centuries, teachers have used emojis as a tool for self-expression; to clarify and add flair to their written languages. (No. Not centuries. Just checking to see if you were paying attention.) Emojis, if you’re unfamiliar, are pictures used in […]

For centuries, teachers have used emojis as a tool for self-expression; to clarify and add flair to their written languages.

(No. Not centuries. Just checking to see if you were paying attention.)

Emojis, if you’re unfamiliar, are pictures used in texting and other electronic messages. The face emojis represent a wide, complex range of emotions, much like the range of emotions found on the yearly—sometimes even daily—teaching journey. One minute you get a visit from a dyslexic former student telling you he just got his Ivy League acceptance letter, the next you sit through a meeting that leaves you wanting to stab plastic sporks into your eyeballs.

Luckily for us, we have emojis to help us identify, process and express our emotional situations no matter where we find ourselves on the great roller coaster of teaching. Here are just a few.

 

1

smile

Oh, sweet letter/drawing/fingerpainting from student! TEACHING FOREVER!

2

love

DONUTS IN THE TEACHER’S LOUNGE!

3

angel

Responded to the Action Required email immediately instead of procrastinating!

4

kiss

Microsoft Word Document Recovery, I love you.

5

tonguewink

The first year of teaching.

6

tongue

Burned tongue on microwaved lunch again.

8

oops

Farted in an empty classroom just before coworker entered

9

teethgrit

Struggling kid just made huge breakthrough! #allthejoy

10

sigh

Paperwork.

11

ontask

Ahhh, diligent, cooperative, on-task children!

12

waiting

“I’ll wait…”

13

ohno

Eleven out of 35 students turned in homework. Eleven.

14

really

Looked at credit card statement during back-to-school.

16

lol

Fell out of rolling chair in front of class. Again.

17

cry

School choir sings touching song at concert. Total goner.

18

nosweat

School AC goes out in June. Too crazy to be mad.

19

worried

Active monitoring during standardized testing=water boarding.

20

notagain

Someone informs you halfway through your Thursday that it’s actually Wednesday.

21

whatohno

Forgot hat for outside duty in January.

22

mad

Vending machine ate Diet Coke money.

23

angry

Thinking about problematic education policies for too long.

24

sick

Flu season.

25

cool

Returned to a perfect report from the substitute.

26

sleeping

Weeknights at 7:40 during DEVOLSON.

27

what

Former student comes back to visit and is 3 feet taller.

28

oohh

ROACH. IN. KEURIG.

29

scarygrit

Scary email! Help. Mommy.

30

yeahhh

One too many education buzzwords used indiscriminately/incorrectly during a meeting.

31

speachless

A non-teacher says to you, “Summers off? You have it so easy!”

32

smirk

Student ends up loving unit she originally told you she hated.

33

sly

“What grade can I make on this and still pass?”

34

dancer

FRIDAY!!!!

  

snot
What does this emoji say to you about teaching? Sleeping? Sad and drooling? A snot bubble? I couldn’t pinpoint it.

Love, Teach teaches English at a Title I middle school and writes about it at http://www.loveteachblog.com. In addition to teaching, she enjoys carbohydrates, old stone walls and thinking about life as a series of interlocking gears.

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Love, Teach teaches English at the middle school level and writes about it occasionally at loveteachblog.com but mostly on Facebook. She is a big fan of her dog, school supplies, and weather that is under a million degrees.

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