When you're a teacher, you often find that the line between teaching and everyday life becomes blurred. Following is a humorous look at how teaching pervades our entire lives. My goal is to keep adding new items as I think of them. Please feel free to add your own thoughts at the end of the list. Enjoy!
You tell other people's children to behave without being asked.
Yes, this one can get you into trouble. But how many times have you told (or at least bit your tongue) when you are at the store and you use your teacher voice to stop kid misbehavior.
You find yourself "instructing" those around you during a casual conversation.
Have you ever been at a dinner party and a topic you teach about comes up? All of a sudden, you are teacher mode and teaching about the topic - whether or not everyone else is interested. :-)
You have a collection of pens, highlighters, and post-it notes at the ready.
I don't know about you but I'm always on the lookout for the best pen. I also have a huge collection of post-it notes, paper clips, highlighters, and note cards
You find yourself correcting newspaper articles.
I can't seem to help myself when I'm reading a newspaper or magazine article. I'm critiquing and correcting as I go along.
You're always thinking of how to incorporate daily events into lessons.
Have you ever been out for the evening and suddenly thought of a great way to teach a lesson? I know that I have found inspiration at the movies, in the showeer, and in bed at night.
You can't go out without running into a student or parent.
Since both my husband and I are teachers, it is a rare trip out where we don't run into a student, a parent, another teacher, or a former student. Needless to say, I try never to leave the house unless I've taken the time to look okay.