Don’t get us wrong. Most of the time, we love our jobs. There’s no greater profession for making a difference in the world. And the kids are wonderful and hilarious, too! But there are some things that drive teachers crazy, according to our Facebook fans. Here’s just a peek.

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1. When parents send their kids to school because they only threw up “a little bit”

2. When students don’t seem to understand the word “no”

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3. When you hear “is this for a grade?” for the 37th time

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4. When students insist on writing with this …

5. When kids go to Disneyland for two weeks, come back, and ask if they missed anything

6. When a student raises a hand and you think they are going to contribute something insightful, and they ask …

7. When a parent says “well, Johnny never acts like this at home”

8. When students refuse to pick up trash because it’s “not theirs”

9. When you give students candy (that you paid for with your own money) and they ask for another piece

10. When students mix together the different colors of Play Doh (or glitter, or paint …)

11. When students ask “what are we doing?” as soon as you finish giving instructions

12. Pencil tapping

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13. Weird mouth noises

14. When people just leave the copier jammed

15. Pretty much any TikTok dance

16. Kids jumping up before the bell rings

17. When students (and parents!) put their entire email in the subject line

18. When students borrow our good supplies without asking

19. Too many meetings

20. When kids leave dirty tissues on the ground … or put them back in the box … or anywhere except the trash

21. Gum, in any form

22. When an announcement over the loudspeakers interrupts your teaching

23. Loud farting or burping

24. When kids’ eyes seem to be glued to the clock

25. When a student walks into the teacher’s lounge

26. When kids park in the faculty lot

27. Chair rocking

28. When a student turns in no assignments for the entire semester and then asks for extra credit

29. When a student calls you “teacher” or “Miss” for the entire semester

30. When one of these falls on the floor

31. When students ask “what do I get if I finish my work?”

32. When students rearrange furniture or desks without asking

The things that drive teachers crazy, from the mouths of teachers themselves! Our Facebook community weighs in on the little things that make them mad.

33. Sharpening pencils during a lesson

The things that drive teachers crazy, from the mouths of teachers themselves! Our Facebook community weighs in on the little things that make them mad.

34. Middle schoolers drawing male anatomy on literally everything

35. Students writing on their desks

36. When no one reads your e-mail

37. When students don’t put the lids back on glue sticks

38. When our colleagues hit reply all

39. When a student says “but my mom lets me”

40. No-name papers

41. When parents text their kids during class

42. Glitter. Just glitter.

What other little things drive teachers crazy? Come and share in our WeAreTeachers HELPLINE group on Facebook.

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