Are you really a teacher if you haven't perfected the "teacher look"? Or an "I'm not angry, I'm disappointed" tone of voice? Or a vast range of teacher catchphrases that roll off the tongue without a second's thought?
In the classroom, these are essential traits to have. In the outside world…well, not so much. When these parts of being a teacher seep out beyond the school gates, it can result in some pretty awkward (but mostly funny) stories.
Emma Stanley, a Year 6 teacher and blogger, shared hers on edu-Twitter: "A man packed my shopping for me at the checkout and without thinking I said (in teacher voice) 'Great packing. Well done!' Wanted the ground to swallow me up."
And who doesn't love sharing an embarrassing story more than the teachers of Twitter? The responses flooded in.
Here are a few of our favourite ones:
Yes out walking the dog yesterday “errrr...gentlemen” to group of primary age looking boys “I think those bottles need to find their way into the bin”— David Kangley (@KangleyDavid) April 15, 2019
Even the dog cringed
I once turned to my husband and said “indoor voice please” because he was talking loudly 😳— Andrea (@andreascopes15) April 15, 2019
Once asked a check out lady " are you chewing gum?" In a very negative teacher voice, much to the embarrassment to my daughter.— Ceri Stokes (@CeriStokes) April 15, 2019
I gave a teacher “look” to a child in a shopping center today and he promptly burst into tears!!! I’m not that scary!!!— Cate Knight 🙋🏻♀️🥰 (@Missymusician81) April 15, 2019
I told a friend to stop rocking on her bar stool in a pub. All four legs on the floor please. Way to kill the cocktail vibes pretty quickly! pic.twitter.com/yHTvDyroEw— Clementine Stewart (@CStewartSHS) April 16, 2019
I like to silence wayward, screechy, spoilt children in supermarkets by giving them The Look. Before I turn at the end of the aisle I have a quick look back to ensure the child is still behaving. If we meet again in the store, they don’t meet my eye. I call that success.— Stuie 🏍🏴🇪🇺📚 (@StuieMW) April 16, 2019
I once asked a child at a rugby match to remember to use his manners. My friends died laughing, but then admitted that they were impressed. 🤣— Victoria Redshaw (@VictoriaRedshaw) April 15, 2019
Yes. I told my dad he used 'inappropriate language in the classroom'. He's 63. We were in his car. He said 'Crap'.— Straight Talking English (@Str8talkEnglish) April 15, 2019
Yep! My daughters parent's evening the other night I told her teacher to 'keep up the good work' 🤦♀️— Mrs Gosling (@mrs_g_biology) April 15, 2019
And The Look. Two young men once made me jump by emerging from the bushes on a secluded path (they were have a little smoke) & I accidentally gave them The Look. As I passed they both looked at their feet & said, 'sorry, Miss.' 😄— Siân Rowland (@Sian_Rowland) April 16, 2019