Why are some teachers mean

Hangover in class

Benjamin, 33, secondary school teacher: "I had quite a hangover once after walking around the houses with my buddies during the week. When I sat in front of class the next morning, I was so exhausted - I thought I was going to sleep right away. However, I had announced that I would that I would ask someone that day. So that I somehow get through the lesson, I said to the eighth grade students: "I won't ask the one who is going to get me a big coffee from the kiosk today!" The students probably thought that I wanted to make the lesson a little funnier. But it definitely saved my morning! "

Embarrassing glitch on Instagram

Sandra, 35, secondary school teacher: "When I take on a new class, I often look at the social media profiles of my new students at the beginning. That interests me and it helps me to better assess the students. A 16-year-old student was particularly interested in his profile Lots of pictures showing him at a party. One of the photos showed him lying totally drunk in a corner and someone had drawn something on his face with a marker pen - the classic. I accidentally double-tapped the Instagram picture and thus liked it I was so embarrassed! Fortunately, I was able to undo it right away. And a student never said anything about it. "

Common nickname

Gustav, 47, high school teacher: "I have a bad memory for names. If I got a new class, it would probably take me years to memorize all the names. That's why, for many years, I gave every student a secret nickname that somehow matched the look of the person and their first name. One student - his name was Emil - was "Emil's elephant trunk" for me, because he had a really big nose. One morning I was still quite sleepy and when he answered I called him with "Emil Elefantenr├╝ssel". I was very lucky that this lesson was about animals in Africa. That way I could somehow talk my way out of the number. But since then I prefer to have name tags put up again. "

Revenge is sweet

Marianne, 52, high school teacher: "In a ninth grade, a student made my life difficult. He constantly and unmistakably gossiped about me and always reacted snappy and bored to questions. One day after school he left a child's bar in its place. Instead of keeping it for the student, I took the bar with me and ate it with relish on the way home. Somehow it was nice to be a little mean - and I particularly liked the chocolate! "

Ten minute fit of laughter

Anita, 36, elementary school teacher: "While my first class was painting an autumn picture, I sat at the front of my desk and corrected writing exercises. For once, it was relatively quiet and I had just praised my students for how good they are today. At that point, my cell phone and blinked a friend sent me a picture of her making a grimace. Actually no reason to freak out, but suddenly I had such a fit of laughter that I couldn't stop for almost ten minutes. The next time I talked to my parents, a mother asked me, if everything was okay with me. Her son said at home that he thought I might be crazy because I laugh so much for no reason. "

Necessity is the mother of invention

Emil, 58, elementary school teacher: "I have always found it important to go out into nature with my students. Especially when it came to younger children. But when you walk around outside with children who have just started school, the question constantly comes up: "What is that?" So when we were out for a walk, they would ask me what the name of every flower and plant was. I had no idea about most of the plant names. As a new, young teacher, I naturally wanted to be taken seriously. So I made up names. My students were impressed with what I knew. But I was ashamed. So I finally asked her to bring flowers to class that we had previously identified with an encyclopedia. That had the nice side effect that I could also benefit from it. Today I hardly come across a plant on walks whose (real) name is not known to me. "

Lost language

Johannes, 31, trainee lawyer at the grammar school: "In one of my first lessons I was suddenly so nervous that I only let the students do group work for the whole lesson. I was afraid that they would notice how much my voice was trembling. Fortunately, it got better soon! "

Please do not tell anyone

Max, 31, substitute teacher: "I once finished class 40 minutes before the end of the lesson because I ran out of material and didn't want to hold onto the students senselessly. That is not allowed. Fortunately, the students kept tight."

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