December is the most gruelling month of all: dark mornings, early sunsets and the taunt of Christmas twinkle, which makes the holiday seem so close, yet so far away. But last night, teachers' timelines lit up with laughter – a rarity in the current edu-Twitter climate – and it was all thanks to a few furry friends.
Created by Tes columnist and school head of English, Rebecca Foster, #CatTeachers pokes light-hearted fun at the quirky characters that can be found in staffrooms. From the Walter White-esque chemistry teacher resembling a Persian Longhair to the Keats-loving English teacher baring similarities to a tabby.
On a rainy winter's day, it really is the gift that keeps on giving.
In what may be one of the hardest tasks the Tes newsroom has yet faced, we did manage to select a list of our top 10 favourites.
If you want to view the whole selection of teacher-cat comparisons, or even add your own, then be sure to search for #CatTeachers on Twitter.
This is David. He is the Head of English and regularly attends data meetings where he has no idea what is going on and he just wants to get back into his John Le Carre. #CatTeachers pic.twitter.com/lU7D2u2cq3— Mr James 📚 (@MrJamesCCC) December 5, 2018
Tom, the staff governor, who is hoping now the caretaker has switched off the lights the governing body meeting would draw to a close so he can go home and do some marking. #CatTeachers pic.twitter.com/FsB6T78a4d— Naureen Khalid (@5Naureen) December 4, 2018
Sandra, 49. KS1 lead with a passion for re-stapling other people’s shoddy displays. Sandra can’t remember the last time she did a break duty and it wasn’t raining, she hopes for a brighter 2019 (unhopefully) #CatTeachers pic.twitter.com/dfSlSrj75Z— Mr Brassington (@brassoteach) December 4, 2018
This is Gillian, 79. She has recently retired as head of Music. She’s reminiscing about all that ‘proper’ music that used to be all the rage. She’s taking amusement in playing it very loudly so everyone else can hear every note #CatTeachers pic.twitter.com/Ki3PbmBXmJ— The Ed-ucator (@theed_ucator) December 5, 2018
Craig, 34, Maths teacher. Talks incessantly about Cognitive Load Theory. He uses it as an excuse to avoid putting up displays and to get away with producing PowerPoints with no animations.— Andrew Percival (@primarypercival) December 4, 2018
This is Margaret. She is 58. Her school recently gave her an iPad. Margaret knows that she has to 'use technology more' for her PMR target, but she really just wants to work out how to search for pictures of Poldark. #CatTeachers pic.twitter.com/MY96xsjCs3— Rebecca Lowman (@MrsRLowman) December 4, 2018