Some of the biggest revelations of the COVID-19 pandemic showed just how difficult it is to be a teacher and how much effort educators put into their incredibly important jobs.
The technological challenges, confusing school guidelines, and emotional hurdles of these famously unprecedented times have only added to their workloads. Throughout it all, many teachers have found an outlet to share their frustrations and funny observations ― on Twitter.
In honor of Teacher Appreciation Day, we’ve rounded up 50 tweets from educators (and a couple of parents) that sum up their jobs over the past 14 months.
Today my second graders told me I look better in a mask than a face shield, and I can’t decide whether to take that as a compliment or a diss.— Emily Kooistra (@emily_kooistra) September 2, 2020
— Nicholas Ferroni (@NicholasFerroni) February 27, 2021
It doesn't take much to be a great hybrid teacher...
Just top notch tech, perfect WiFi, multiple devices, a clone, an understanding of every online resource, unconditional administrative support, a background in theater and perfect mental health... that's it.
Teaching hybrid is a great way to remind yourself that things can always be worse than you ever imagined.— Bored Teachers (@Bored_Teachers) March 13, 2021
— ThatOneBrownTeacher (@sassy_TOC) March 19, 2021
Student: Ms. T, you're lagging a lot. It's kinda annoying.
Me: Let me run out and get a computer science degree real quick and see if I can fix that for you.
— semi-professional english teacher (@AlwaysGrading) October 28, 2020
Me: good morning everyone! How are you? Yes, Maddy, your hand is raised, what’s up?
Maddy you’re muted
Ok we still can’t hear you; I think your headphones are on backwards
Maddy: —hear me now?
Me: yes, what did you want to say?
Maddy: I forgot
If you’re a student teacher doing your practicum this year, understand that face coverings are not that out of the ordinary. You as a teacher will be masking your true feelings quite often throughout your career.— 🧠 Typical EduCelebrity 🧠 (@EduCelebrity) March 22, 2021
— Justin (@JustinAion) January 21, 2021
Best Google Classroom notification:
[Student] has submitted [assignment]
98 days late
During teaching today I was petting my cat and my co-teacher announced it and asked to see the cat. Then no fewer than 60% of the students reached down and pulled THEIR cats up into view of the cameras and suddenly my Zoom squares were all cats and everything was perfect.— Sarah Williams, PhD (@misanthropologa) September 23, 2020
— The Modest Teacher (@ModestTeacher) December 14, 2020
You know what never crashed?
My overhead projector.
Admin in 2020: please be prepared to teach online, in person, both simultaneously, on a moving train, while juggling, in a burning building, under the sea, during a wrestling match with a T-Rex, as a hologram, and riding a unicorn. Also be safe and we value you.— Alexandra Finley (@AlexJFinley) June 23, 2020
— Emily Kooistra (@emily_kooistra) September 18, 2020
My body: What a long and grueling school year this has been.
Calendar: It’s been three weeks.
I asked my students today what keeps them motivated. One of them said "spite."— Dr. Chris Jones was OVER ON THE BENCH (@ProfChrisMJones) February 15, 2021
One of the most interesting things I've learned from this pandemic and lockdowns...parents really don't like their children.— Captain Ani (@TeacherTalk2015) February 25, 2021
— Rodney Lacroix (@RodLacroix) May 7, 2020
[car appreciation parade for child's teacher]
Me [hanging out window with paper]: HOW ARE WE SUPPOSED TO DO #5?!?
Learning loss is when you spend a month prepping for standardized tests during a pandemic.— lacetothetop (@lacetothetop) March 19, 2021
I know teaching ages us, but teaching virtually during a pandemic is aging us like...5 times faster.— Howie Hua (@howie_hua) October 24, 2020
Might retire after this school year so I don’t have to teach 2020.— Dave Hambleton (@virtualham) January 26, 2021
Hybrid schedule isn't really so bad, as a teacher. It's just that I never remember what "color" day it is, I don't know anyone's name, I forget who I told what, and this week was about two months long.— Ohio mom of two #BLM 🏳️🌈 (@OhioMomoftwo) September 4, 2020
Other than that, it's fiiiiiiiiine.
The difference between the teacher who can get their students to turn their cameras on and the teacher who can’t is that one is a damn liar.— 🧠 Typical EduCelebrity 🧠 (@EduCelebrity) February 23, 2021
I heard a family member this weekend say “I don’t see why teachers are any different than anyone else who has to go back to work in person.” I responded, “who else has customers that lick everything in site?”— Trevor Muir (@TrevorMuir) August 5, 2020
— Dave Hambleton (@virtualham) May 3, 2021
I accused my students of muting themselves during class today because I didn’t hear laughter after I made a killer joke.
That’s when a kid reminded me we’re back in the classroom and I’m actually teaching them in person.
Those who think kids can’t write a full essay haven’t seen the subject lines of emails they send to their teachers.— 🧠 Typical EduCelebrity 🧠 (@EduCelebrity) March 19, 2021
— Bored Teachers (@Bored_Teachers) April 27, 2021
People in April 2020:
"Thank you teachers, y'all are absolute saints! If you EVER need anything, let us know!"
People in April 2021:
— Andrew Knott (@aknott21) September 13, 2020
1sr Grade Teacher: Can anyone think of an addition problem for us? Unmute yourself and tell me!
Teacher: Oh, wow! Let’s try smaller numbers.
Teacher: Much smaller. Less than 10.
Teacher: It looks like our time is about up.
Is 8.5 weeks left of school too soon to start a ‘____ days till summer break’ countdown on my board?— I’m That Teacher (@That_Teachr) March 25, 2021
Don’t encourage your students to get a gift card you’d appreciate for Teacher Appreciation Week. I doubt they could even get into the liquor store.— 🧠 Typical EduCelebrity 🧠 (@EduCelebrity) May 3, 2021
A student sent me a joke via email and I accidentally responded with “Bahahaha!” instead of “Hahahaha!” and now I feel like I crossed a line. Like “Bahahaha!” is somehow too informal. Anyway ... these are the types of thoughts that consume me and keep me up at night.— Dave Hambleton (@virtualham) March 15, 2021
Preparing to go back to school on campus step one: Start wearing real pants.— Emily Kooistra (@emily_kooistra) August 7, 2020
— Scott Bayer #THEBOOKCHAT co-founder (@Lyricalswordz) April 22, 2021
A student returned to in-person learning today.
I said, "Hi, nice to finally meet you in real life!"
They did not say "Hi." Instead they just said, "I thought you were fat. You look fat on Zoom."
Why are teenagers like this 🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/iNm7Fxcpnb
Shoutout to teachers who have managed to learn new technology, move classes online, assign and respond to class work, and remain positive all while trying to stay focused during their Zoom sessions while their husband and kids make themselves 8 million snacks in the background.— Mommy Owl (@Lhlodder) April 4, 2020
My son just sang, “Boat’s n’ Hoe’s” to his elderly choir teacher on zoom so I think that about wraps up homeschool for today.— Maryfairyboberry🧚🏻♀️ (@maryfairybobrry) May 6, 2020
— James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn (@XplodingUnicorn) August 21, 2020
[filling out a "getting to know you" sheet for the teacher]
Me: Do you like math?
Me: Listening to others?
Teachers don't get paid enough.
— Emily Kooistra (@emily_kooistra) February 4, 2021
Administrator: How have you grown this year?
Me: Well, I went up a size in my pants.
For Teacher Appreciation Week this year can y’all just leave us alone?— Stephanie Paz (@stephaniempaz) May 1, 2021