Teachers in New Zealand are keen to secure better working conditions, support, training, and remuneration. There are few that would deny that a teacher’s job is a difficult one and they deserve all the support that our government and the public are able to provide. After all, they are educating the future of our country.
These important aspects that teachers are striving to secure are undoubtedly essential. But as a light-hearted aside, a conversation on Mumsnet in 2018 broached the subject of what more minor things are disrupting the happy life of a teacher. The responses included a range of gripes, some (OK, a lot) created by parents, some part and parcel of being a teacher dealing with kids all day, and some that just seem to be sods law.
Here’s a selection of what really annoys teachers:
- Crap staffroom coffee
- Wet playtimes
- Constant changes to policy without proper consultation or resources
- Children who can’t dress themselves/lace up shoes
- Unnamed lost property
- Missing stationery
- Children who are not toilet trained
- Head lice
- Parents who refuse to believe that their child is showing bullying behaviour
- Parents who don’t read with their child or encourage reading
- Ridiculous demands from parents
- When other teaching staff consider their view of children and learning to be the only correct one (and labelling children who don’t fit into this view as naughty, lazy, or having bad parents)
- Being asked, “How will I use this in everyday life?”
When you are in the middle of explaining something and someone says, “Do we need to know this for the exam?”
What do you think would be the toughest thing to deal with as a teacher? Would you consider teaching? Join the discussion in the comments below.
This article was written by Julie Scanlon, Editor for Kidspot NZ.
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