Being a Kindergarten Teacher is one of the hardest and most rewarding things I do. I love it and I wouldn’t trade it. I have taught other grades K-3 and Kindergarten is really my home. That being said, I am not sure if non-teachers realize that Kindergarten isn’t exactly rainbows and unicorns (though I do get some fun pictures of them).
There are the occasional people who, usually after going on a field trip with us, bow down in awe and say “I never knew!!” There are also people who don’t spend any time with us, but like to say things or ask questions that just come off slightly, well….annoying.
You will find some of these sayings over in the post The Truth About Teaching Kindergarten, and I have added a few more that I have loved hearing (NOT) over the years. While I am sure this post could go on and on – these 5 are recurring statements that tend to surface each school year.
Keep in mind, I do know that people more often than not do not mean anything negative with their words. I have come to the conclusion that they simply don’t get it.
Much like I am sure there are more jobs than I can count where I don’t get it either. So instead of letting myself get upset, I just come to my piece of the internet and make a list (in true teacher fashion, I suppose) and I vow to just “smile and wave boys” like the penguins of Madagascar from here on out (and if you haven’t seen Madagascar, well, you haven’t lived).
Please also know that my sarcastic responses are all in my brain and I truly am a nice person and teacher who LOVES what I do and my kiddos too! 🙂
5 Things to Never Say to a Kindergarten Teacher
1. “You teach Kindergarten? That must be pretty easy, right?” – Well, thanks for asking. I could ask you if you have ever tried to keep 30 cats in one room while also teaching them to read, but instead I will just smile and say “no, not really…..”
2. “Aww…… they must be so cute” (said in a tone that sounds like I play with newborn puppies all day). Yes, they are cute. Yes, I love them. However, with any children, sometimes THEY are cute, but their actions are not. (Please, stop eating the gluestick).
3. “It must be so fun to teach Kindergarten and play all day!” Le SIGH. Yes, it’s fun. I love it, I really do. Yes, we do play (but not all day). And if asking a 5 year old to please stop licking my shoe during the read aloud is playing, well, I am curious what play looks like to you then.
4. “I guarantee those kids would listen to me!” (said by someone who has never taught a day in their life) Okaaaay…. care to put money on that? I’ve always wanted a nice vacation – maybe you could sub for me then and we will see if you make it out alive?
5. “Do they learn anything in Kindergarten?” A simple rephrase of “so, what do they learn in Kindergarten?” is preferred and doesn’t make my eyes widen to the extent they do when Fred is playing “hungry hippos” with scissors and his friend’s hair.
There are more – I could quite possibly write a book. But – I would rather hear yours! What have people said to you about being a kindergarten teacher (or preschool – preschool teachers get it the worst sometimes) that made you shudder (or laugh)?