25 Tips, Tricks and Techniques From Master Teachers
We asked veteran teachers to share their best advice, and here's what they said.

Everyone can use advice from a trusted friend, relative or colleague from time to time. Whether you’re taking up a new hobby or honing your skills at work, it makes sense to learn from people who have a lot of experience. That’s why we recently sat down with a group of veteran teachers to hear some of the best classroom tips, tricks and techniques they’ve learned over the years. These wise owls have more than 100 years of combined experience to share. You’re welcome!

In third grade, we changed the seating chart one day when we had a substitute. I got moved to a desk previously occupied by this really disgusting kid, the type who’d pick his nose and leave em crusty on the desk, who would play with himself and touch his butt at the desk and then of course touch it when he used it, who would play in the toilets and never washed his hands, all kinds of nasty stuff.
Normally the teacher would give everyone a wet wipe to wipe down the desks anytime we changed seats so they’d get cleaned occasionally throughout the year, and even desks that weren’t occupied by particularly gross kids would be disgusting by the time we did this. Most kids needed 3-5 wipes to get it clean, and each wipe would be totally nasty black after (although that was mostly pencil lead in fairness). But because we had a sub, we all asked to clean our desks and she basically couldn’t be bothered, so during indoor recess i got a couple tissues and some hand sanitizer and did it myself. Little did i know the stupid sub wrote a note about me for it and the next day my teacher punished me for it. (Hold on, it gets worse).
So we had a disciplinary system at our school called “think time” which was a sort of during-school-hours detention built for children, and basically i would be given a slip, sent to another teacher’s classroom to sit in a desk in the corner, and I’d write on the slip things like what i did and why it was wrong and the like. Then i had to stand there until the teacher got to us, signed off that i finished and didn’t disrupt (if i did i went to the principal), then send me back, and I’d stand there AGAIN until my teacher found time to come to me, make sure what i wrote is ok, then I’d rejoin the class. If my answers weren’t good enough, I’d be given a blank sheet and I’d do it again. That’s really only intended if the kid writes something smartass on the paper, though. The whole process is supposed to take 10-15 minutes so you don’t miss too much instructional time.
But MY teacher, no, she randomly, near the end of class, without warning, grabbed me and DRAGGED ME BY MY EAR to the hall and sent me out. This is in like 2008 so that’s totally against the rules ofc. She told me i was in trouble for “wasting supplies” (i used two damn tissues and a squirt of sanitizer) and i started to say “i didnt think you’d mind”, when she cuts me off, says, “no you didn’t think at all, you never think, you’re so damn stupid!” Remember that I’m NINE here.
So she sends me off, and i, being a child and not really understanding why what i did was wrong, did my best to fill out my paper and write what i thought she wanted to hear. Then I’d return, and she made me redo it five more times. Think how traumatizing thst alone is for me, a good kid, who gets embarrassed if the teacher even singled me out to stop talking, let alone when i get on trouble six times and have all those big important fourth graders staring at me and judging me. Every time I’d return to class, she’d make me stand there for like twenty minutes before sending me back, including the last three times, which were all after school let out for the day. The time she accepted, was when i finally started saying things like “im stupid and didn’t think.” I was already a good forty five minutes late to my carpool, who had almost left without me, assuming I’d left already, and yelled at me even though i told them what happened and that it wasn’t my fault.
Luckily that teacher got fired two years later.

A F*cking Genius

(preface: back in the day, all our desks were angled at a permanent slant.)

When I was in Middle School, our teacher gave everyone in class a collection of items: cans, pencils, pop cans, string, Popsicle sticks, glue, and more assorted stuff. They told us to invent something new.

Kids came up with all sorts of weird towering things, some fell apart, few worked. I just stared at this random pile o’ crap for like… 30 minutes. Then I glued 3 popsicle sticks together in a “U” shape and stuck my pencil in it. It stayed put. I had solved the constant irritating problem of my pencil sliding off my desk.

I don’t remember my teacher being impressed. But I remember thinking:




I heard there was a Hogwarts/Mad Max AU floating around? 

Here’s my two cents for that. *throws* This is what happens when I decide to marathon the HP movies over the week and also have a “Little Witch Academia” anime poster in front of my work space.

*lies down* I have spent too much energy and time on this.

Reblog if you are a woman who, upon expressing your stance on never wanting kids, has been patronized with condescending remarks such as "you're too young to know that" or "you'll change your mind later"
Me Every Day
  • A family member: I remember-
  • A friend: Hey,h-
  • Ice skating teacher: The air's kinda cold, don't you thin-
  • Mom: You never-
  • Kindergarten teacher: Once upon a time-
  • Everyone: We're not friends anymore. You never listen and-

THE SUPERNATURAL GIF CHALLENGE  |  mooseleys vs. samsfight
Round 2 sam + favorite scene: living under Lucifer’s shadow

why isn’t teacher/teacher more popular???????????????? i mean
  • the nice one who everybody loves with the grumpy and strict one that the students hate and the students wonder?????????how what the fuck
  • but later (not in school environment maybe by accident) the students (a group of them) see that the strict one isn’t really that strict and they love their partner
  • or the cool married teachers that talk about each other and everyone loves like one of them comes late to class and is like “sorry i’m late guys mx. [partner] is really sick and i wanted to be sure everything is alright”
  •  and the students spend 5 minutes fussing over the other teacher and asking questions about their wellbeing “ARE THEY DYING” “No Joey they’ve just caught a cold” [and trying to make this one forget about their class”
  • or two teachers that EVERYBODY ships like the students are trying to get them together
  • “Soo, Mx. A, Mx. B will have a concert tomorrow for the school and they need all the help and they asked me to tell you….so you can tell other students” “Mx. B didn’t tell me anything about it” “oh it was like, last moment thing you know. they didn’t have time. and like, they really need help.”
  • And the teacher is like “Thanks Johnson” and trying to be really cool but REALLY BEING NOT COOL OMG WHERE’S THE SQUAD OF DUCKLINGS TO HAVE AN EXCUSE TO GO AND HELP
  • and like other teachers shipping them too
  • “Mx. A you know about the prom. There’s a rule that the teachers must have some partners too” [dunno if it already is something like this, it is not in my country] “I did not know about this rule.” “Oh it’s very recent. So, you know, teachers are never alone and can be protected in case it’s necessary. I also heard that Mx. B has no partner.”
  • Like, science/maths teachers with art/languages teacher. Or stuff like this.
  • Talking about their subject passionately and the other not understanding shit but loving it anyway because they’re so fucking cute.
  • Like here is your impossible love
  • Teachers of the same subject in different schools fighting in competitions and shit
  • Or teachers of the same subject talking passionately about their course. and praising each other.
  • Teachers talking about their students, the bad ones and the cool ones
  • LGBT teachers standing up for LGBT students and offering them support and helping them feel more at ease in this clusterfuck of school
  • OTP 1 teacher/teacher and OTP 2 student/student
  • OTP 2 being so thankful that OTP 1 exists. OTP 1 giving advice to OTP 2.
  • Grading stuff together. Bringing each other food/beverages. Helping each other through all the stuff.
  • AND
  • SO
  • MUCH
  • MORE


  • “hey darling, how about you teach me some things? I promise to be good.”
  • “i thought you went through high-school once. Weren’t you taught my subject?”
  • seriously tho all that stuff that is at teacher/student can be sort of roleplay for teacher/teacher (and be less creepy)

How can someone make Naruto bitch about Tsunade for “not doing her job properly”, she took this ruined ass village and rebuild it,was the head of the hospital and saved many people lives while she was training Sakura.

You remove a woman that did so much,from the hokage title and you put Kakashi? Why? Because Obito told so? And he does nothing? He’s just warming the seat that Naruto will sit on next?

Like how much do you hate women,Kishimoto?

You may be saying that about your student’s parent

Content note: This post is mostly intended for k-12 classroom teachers, but probably applies to other groups as well.

When you teach, it’s really important to be mindful of the fact that people from all walks of life have children. 

When you say something about a particular group of people, you may be saying it about a student’s mother, father, or parent. It’s important to keep that in mind when making decisions about how to discuss things. (Including things that it’s 100% your job to teach your class about).

When you express an opinion about a group of people, your student may hear it as “I think this about your mother”, “I think this about your father”, or “I think this about you and your family.” Don’t forget that, and don’t assume that you will always know who is in the room.

It’s worth speaking with the assumption that there are people in the room who know a member of the group you’re talking about personally. When you’re working with kids, it’s worth speaking with the assumption that this person might be their parent or someone in a parental role.

This is important whether what you’re saying is positive, negative, or neutral. If you speak in a way that assumes that what you’re saying is theoretical for everyone, it can make it very hard for a child to whom it is personal to trust you. And you can’t assume that you will always know a child’s family situation, or that you will always know how a child feels about it.

For instance:

  • Many parents are in prison, have been imprisoned in the past, are facing trial, are on probation, have been arrested, have been accused of crimes, have been convicted, are on house arrest, are facing some other kind of court-ordered punishment or similar.
  • Many parents are police officers, prison guards, judges, prosecutors, probation officers, or in a related role.
  • Many parents (and children) have been the victims of violent crimes. (Including crimes committed by police officers.) Some children may have lost parents this way.
  • All of these people are parents, and most of their children go to school.
  • Some of their kids may be in your class, and you may not know this.
  • Even if you do know about the situation, you probably don’t know how they feel about it.
  • Kids have all kinds of feelings about all of these things (including, often, complicated mixed feelings).
  • If you want to talk about prison issues, crime, justice, legal reform, or any of that, it’s important to keep in mind that whatever you say about one of these groups of people, you may be saying it about a student’s parent.
  • And that you don’t know how they feel. 
  • Speak in a way that gives them space to have opinions, and to be both personally affected and part of the class.
  • If you say “we” and mean “people who aren’t personally connected to this issue”, kids are likely to feel that you are distancing yourself from them and their parents.
  • It’s better to speak with the assumption that what you’re saying applies to the parents of one of your students, and that they may have complicated thoughts and feelings about this.


  • People of all races have children of all races. When you say something about a racial group, you may be saying it about a student’s parent.
  • People with all kinds of disabilities have children. When you say things about disabled people or disabilities, you may be saying it about a student’s parent.
  • (Including blind people, deaf people, autistic people, people with intellectual disabilities, wheelchair users, people with conditions that usually shorten lifespan, and every other kind of disability).
  • When you talk about teenage pregnancy, keep in mind that some students may have parents who were teenagers when they were born.
  • People of all political opinions, including abhorrent opinions, have children. When you say something about members of a political group, you may be saying it about a student’s parent.
  • People who work at McDonalds have children. When you talk about McDonalds workers and people in similar roles, it’s extremely likely that you’re talking about a student’s parent. (Especially if you teach in a public school).
  • Many people who do sex work have children. If you say something about strippers, porn stars, escorts, phone sex operators, dominatrixes, or whoever else, you may be saying it about someone’s mother, father, or parent.
  • People of all faiths and ethnicities have children (who may or may not be raised in their faith). If you say something about a religion or its followers, you may be saying it about the parent of one of your students.
  • And so on.

Being more abstract again:

  • People from all walks of life have kids, and you may be teaching some of their kids.
  • Keep that in mind.
  • Whatever you say about a group of people, you may be saying it about your student’s mother, father, or parent.
  • If you speak about it like it’s an abstract issue that couldn’t apply to anyone in the room, it’s likely to be really alienating.
  • This is true even if what you say is positive or sympathetic.
  • Kids need to be seen and acknowledged. If you speak as though they’re not there, it gets harder for them to trust you.
  • When you speak about a group of people, speak with the assumption that at least one student in the room has a parent who is a member of that group.

(To be clear: I’m not saying don’t talk about these issues. Sometimes it’s 100% your job to talk about these issues. What I am saying is, keep in mind that it may be personal, that you may be talking about a student’s parent, and that you won’t always know that this is the case. Taking this into account makes it possible to teach everyone in the room.)

tl;dr When you’re teaching, keep in mind that the kids in your class probably have parents, and that you don’t know everything about their parents. Their parents may come from any and every walk of life. Keep this in mind when you talk about issues and groups. You may well be talking about a student’s mother, father, family, or parent. 

for the senior prank today, all the seniors got into a circle in the main hallway shouting “FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!” and it was so crowded that it was practically impossible to get through, but you get up to the front of the circle to see the “fight” and it’s these two guys in an intense battle of rock-paper-scissors

When the first few days of school have so many icebreaker activities

Students are like:

I’m like:



shownu: the soft jock / captain of the football team, quiet af, blanks out during class, shy and bashful in front of girls, guys look up to him
wonho: the boyfriend / all the girls follow him, flirty af, never forgets his cheesy lines, thinks he’s cool
minhyuk: the class clown / bright & funny, friends with everyone, really loud
kihyun: the teacher’s pet / sits at the front of the class, dobs on everyone, has a secret stash of snacks, no one likes him
hyungwon: the sleepy / sleeps during the whole day, has a different neck pillow for every school day, writes poetry when he’s not sleeping
jooheon: the crybaby / scared of everything, victim of jokes, makes people listen to his mixtapes, tries to act tough but fails
changkyun: the doraemon / always prepared with his magic backpack, a bit weird, laughs at people’s failures, makes jokes that no one understands