Stephen Petty

Guys, some verbal ticks can rear-lee annoy students

While it can be tempting for teachers to try to get 'down with the kids', children are brutally good at recognising try-hards

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“She’s OK as a teacher, but I wish Mrs Shrub would stop using ‘I’m like’ all the time. She’s just not cool enough to be talking like that.”

This is just one of the many harsh-but-incisive comments I overhear about teachers and their ways thanks to my other career as a parent taxi driver. It may feel like a chore at times but the regular chauffeuring of our children and their friends is definitely part of continuing professional development.

My passengers do not attend my own school, so neither side holds back when they talk about their teachers. They usually forget I am even there.

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