Have you ever noticed that teachers often have behaviors similar to that of their students? We even pick up on a lot of their weird habits. Here are some of the behaviors we took from our students. (source)
1. Whisper to our friends in business meetings
When our students talk about us, does it drive us crazy? Absolutely. But does this prevent us from having conversations with our friends in the middle of a professional discussion? of course no.
2. Procrastinate (and get away with it!)
We often tell our kids that they can’t get it right if they procrastinate, but honestly… sometimes they can. Instead of driving each other crazy, we got really inspired by their awesome strategies. Strange habits or super genius of life? The limit sometimes seems too weak.
3. Lack of time to submit work or diligence
Whether or not we procrastinated (and may have done so), we will always finish the work most important to us first. However, like our students, we cannot make such promises to deliver lesson plans, achieve career goals, or daily attendance.
4. Talk gossip without being ashamed
We know that our students’ eyes light up when they share new information about their classmates. So we can’t be blamed when we seek our own adrenaline rush through the gossip of our teacher’s friends. Want to talk about the new enemies on your side? A silly email from a parent? Secret relationship between teachers in the building? Count on us.
5. Losing the ability to appear anywhere and at the appointed time
We are so used to being late that we don’t fully understand the concept of being “punctual” anymore. When we come to dinner eight minutes late, we’re honestly proud that we were so fast.
6. Fight to be first in class
It doesn’t matter if we are standing in line for any task, we want to be the first! We know our students’ eyes light up when they’re at first. It’s a pleasure to do something before anyone else!
7. Forgetting to hide when you roll your eyes
Just like our students, we sometimes find life to be very boring. However, unlike our students, we are expected to be adults. If we’re lucky, we might be able to hide our immaturity by making it clear that we have something in our eyes.
8. Being a little indifferent about looks
Some students proudly admit that they attend without brushing their hair or teeth. So we have a new perspective on what it means to look good. Many of us went to the grocery store, glanced at something shiny, and realized that it was only in our pajamas.
9. Use teen slang without sarcasm
It may have started as a joke when we were talking to our students, but it didn’t take long for us to figure out their ways. Their expressions often appear as strange habits of other adults. Either they have no idea what we are saying or they are judging us for speaking like children.
10. Embrace our clown class identity
We may hate to admit it, but the class clown… is funny. So when we try to limit students’ off-topic notes during class, we can’t help but follow their example of cracking jokes when we’re in meetings or just during normal conversation.
11. Eat (and think about food) constantly
There’s just something about being around kids all day that normalizes feeling hungry and talking about food all the time. We feel completely undisturbed when we see a child eating, and we’d be lying if we said we’d never do the same.
12. Being brutally honest because we forgot to filter our thoughts
Yes, children can absolutely be cruel. With that said, it is very convenient to be able to speak without trying to use a filter. So sometimes, intentional or not, we take our students as role models and tell them whatever comes to mind.
13. Follow the example of our children with the camera on Zoom
When we turn off our cameras and do our best not to talk during virtual business meetings, we are simply showing our hypocrisy. If it works for our students, we think it will work for us, too.
14. Being so sarcastic that people don’t know if we’re serious
Even though we might scold our kids for being rude, we always want a good taunt. We can convince people that what we say is true, but sometimes when we tell the truth, we realize that we’ve forgotten how to use the language that convinces people.
15. Area in daily conversations
We know our attention spans have to be better than our students’, but it’s not uncommon to find ourselves daydreaming when we’re supposed to be paying someone’s attention. Like our students, we need a change of pace if we want to formally roll our eyes.
16. Flutter hard at the end of Zoom meetings
Saying goodbye at the end of Zoom team meetings is the most ridiculous thing of all. Imagine if each one of them said farewell to himself? We will lose valuable time. However, we greet our students so often now that we do so at the end of every meeting.
17. Make inappropriate jokes
When our days see a constant stream of jokes ”That’s what she saidWe learn to predict it. So we’re proud to admit that at this point we can get rid of jokes faster than our students. And we can do that all day long.
So yeah, the weird habits of our students have affected us, and sometimes it’s hard to tell if we’re really more mature than them. But we like to think we’re young at heart!