The teaching world is fraught with challenges and obstacles. Helicopter parents, huge class sizes, faculty meetings that test the limits of your patience. In all of this, it’s good to know that someone’s got your back (and a spare dollar for a Diet Coke from the vending machine). There are 12 moments you’ll recognize if you’ve found your teaching BFF.
1. Your teaching BFF knows exactly how you like your coffee.
And sometimes gets you one without even asking, like a quiet, all-knowing caffeine angel.
2. And can talk you off a ledge.
Your teaching BFF is the one you go to after the tub of glitter was spilled on your floor, your computer deletes the 45-question final you were working on, or you get a passive-aggressive email that was sent schoolwide, but you know was directed at your department. Ten minutes together and you’re cool as a cucumber again.
3. Your teaching BFF has your back.
When you’re about to leave for school and your kid starts projectile-vomiting, you know that after just one text, your teaching BFF will email the principal, make copies of your lesson, and help the substitute get situated. Why? Because you’d do the same in a heartbeat.
Entering grades, cutting up sentence strips, sorting your file cabinet … somehow these tasks are 90 percent easier and more fun with her there. It’s like parallel play, but for grown-ups.
4. You can have an entire conversation with just a look.
When an administrator shows a slide in his PowerPoint that says, “THIS IS ABOUT COMPLIANCE NOT CREATIVITY,” you turn your head and slow blink, your BFF flares her nostrils, and both of you know that nothing else needs to be said.
5. And you’ll share your most prized supplies.
Your friendship runs deep enough that you trust each other with the teaching world’s Least Likely to Be Returned items: Expo markers, duct tape, and staplers.
6. You have fun doing menial tasks together.
Entering grades, cutting up sentence strips, sorting your file cabinet … somehow these tasks are 90 percent easier and more fun together. It’s like parallel play, but for grown-ups.
7. You auto-default to partner Halloween costumes when October rolls around.
Bert and Ernie. Ms. Frizzle and Liz. Peter Pan and Tinkerbell. Tim and Moby. Etc., etc., etc.
8. You get together in the summer because two months apart is too long.
And when you do meet up, you marvel at how well rested you both look.
9. You keep each other informed about important things.
“No toilet paper in the faculty restroom.”
“Grades are due today.”
“Banana pudding is running low at the luncheon—want me to grab you a bowl?”
10. Your teaching BFF is practically certified in cheering you up.