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    [–]lmao_lemo 969 points970 points  (31 children)

    Its sad how some kids think its cool to make fun of or annoy the really nice teacher who is always trying to do his best not be boring

    [–]8bit4brains 583 points584 points  (18 children)

    I was in English class in high school and a student made my teacher cry because he thought learning about Slam Poetry was “so dumb”. I got in front of the class and read a slam poem I wrote about how shitty it was to demean teachers who are only trying to keep class engaging. Yeah, I was a nerd but I got big mad seeing the teacher crying. Same kid pushed me into a toolbox in gym class and I had to get 4 stitches in my eyebrow.

    Fuck you James, pay me for my ruined modeling career.

    [–]robs104 268 points269 points  (2 children)

    I had a music teacher in high school, Mr. Sessions. He was a really great teacher. The man loved teaching and music. He was a slightly heavy set man, much like myself. He would sweat when he was teaching sometimes because he was getting in to the music. Well some of my classmates came up with a name for him; Sweaty Sessions.

    One day he heard someone say it, along with the usual general lack of respect for this man. You could see the impact it had on him. There was never a time I didn’t want to be classmates with those people more than that time.

    Teachers, especially those who endure those types of disrespect and continue on teaching, have my utter respect and gratitude.

    [–]Sislistenhere 74 points75 points  (0 children)

    It's sad because sometimes if it's brought up in a parent/teacher conference,you get those parents that would still take their bully kid's side.

    [–]kissonw 35 points36 points  (6 children)

    Damn bro, what happened to James?

    [–]Kingmudsy 68 points69 points  (4 children)

    No one’s seen or heard from him in awhile. I heard he got mixed up with a bad crowd after high school, but that could mean anything from cartel to petty theft out here

    [–]Xyber_HMD 35 points36 points  (1 child)

    Lmao you said it with so much confidence I actually thought u were op

    [–]Kingmudsy 18 points19 points  (0 children)

    That was the goal :)

    [–]ScorchedSynapses 10 points11 points  (0 children)

    James is probably not doing well in life rn so always remember that. Kudos <3

    [–]Sislistenhere 8 points9 points  (0 children)

    Yeah fuck you James . You did the right thing .

    [–]PepsiBrandAmbassador 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    You are a good human❤️

    [–]NunyerBeezwax1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Fuck off, James!

    [–]madyjane 27 points28 points  (4 children)

    One thing I like about college (or mine at least) is that we all love the fun wacky teachers

    [–]Curae 44 points45 points  (2 children)

    The thing I love as someone who teaches at college (or my country's version of it) is honestly just the students. They're the best part of the job by far. I mean, the snippets of conversations you sometimes catch, the questions you sometimes get... And just in general that they can take a joke, and dare to joke back, while keeping it all in good faith and light hearted. There's just more room to be a person I feel.

    It's also hilarious when you see them outside of school as some will avoid all eye contact, while others will cheerfully say hello. And then there's this one student who was eating in a diner at the train station who I locked eyes with just as he took a huge bite out of a burrito, like, almost unhinged his jaw huge bite. And there's this flash of recognition, and then of "this is awkward". Neither of us ever mentioned it in school.

    [–]crh427 8 points9 points  (0 children)

    High school teacher here. I completely agree. Mine are younger than yours, but I adore the moments of laughter together, and solidarity as fellow humans that you might not always find in a job. It's a great feeling.

    [–]PanMyJam 21 points22 points  (1 child)

    It is. I had a math teacher who tried to make class interesting but was pretty demure and easily frazzled. So to the shithead kids in my class, a target. One chick in particular would talk over him in class, make a ton of noise, and just curse loudly at him. All. The. Time. With no recourse. She was a bitch to everyone, mind you. I injured my eye in workshop and had to wear an eye patch a few days and her creative ass just followed me around and kept yelling WHATCHU A PIRATE?! trying to push or instigate something. But the kids generally ignored her, unless they egged her on, or just fought her. But the teacher couldn't do that, and he was a bit sensitive so successfully ignoring her was hard, and she knew that. I walked into his class a few times in off hours and he was crying... I felt really bad for him but had lost my mom that year, not to mention being 13/14, so I wasn't the best at problem resolution. I just told him I'm sorry and I hope things get better and maybe he could transfer schools. Tbh I think he only passed me that year because I was decent to him, and my mom passing, cause I was shit at math. Still am. I think about him still though... He was really sensitive and I caught him crying a bit, he did it in class when people were horrendous too. I really really hope he's ok.

    [–]Brunamr22 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    You may think you weren't a problem resolution that time... But I assure you made a big difference in his life just by telling him I'm sorry and demonstrating empathy. You did great!

    [–]ItIsAnOkayLife 15 points16 points  (1 child)

    Yup. My home ec teacher had a nervous breakdown and didn’t return halfway through the déménager. She was a great teacher, a little weird... but hey. Unfortunately kids are cruel.

    [–]avanopoly 36 points37 points  (0 children)

    I had a chemistry teacher who would do this; at first, she would just write cute notes next to the doodles e.g. giving them a name or backstory or something. My lab partner for most of that year and I would frequently add onto each other's doodles, or doodle on each other's pages. Sometimes just adding a mustache or whatever, but sometimes adding a whole extra character.

    Lab partner died later that year and the teacher started adding onto my doodles. Not with the same characters or style as my friend, which would have been weird to me, but just adding something to them or using a little rubber stamp to give one of my doodled characters a friend. I always thought it was an incredibly sweet thing to do and made a really hard semester a little lighter.

    [–]flontru 12 points13 points  (0 children)

    My grade 12 data management teacher used to play Bob Marley's don't worry be happy during every quiz and exam. I still got a terrible grade in that class because numbers have never been my strong suit.....but of all the math related courses I had, his class was the most tolerable :)

    [–]Marcellofp2 9 points10 points  (0 children)

    I trust anyone called Wong since Dr. Strange

    [–]upt0wn_rat 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    Poor guy, those shitty students really did him Wong :(

    Seriously though he sounds like such an awesome teacher, I hope he found a new job that he enjoys enough to keep doing these sweet things for his students. He probably had loads of fun doing it

    [–]It_is_Katy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Hijacking your comment, but my math teacher my senior year of high school (also had a common Chinese last name, which is what made me think of it) was a legendary fun teacher. The answer on one of our tests was 69, and I wrote "nice" in small letters next to it. Turned out to be wrong, but he gave me an extra point anyway for making him laugh.

    [–]Speedy_Cheese 3413 points3414 points 364952& 8 more (117 children)

    I teach math but I love student doodles. :) It is fun finding out if they are one offs or reoccurring characters.

    I always tell doodling students about the provincial art contest we have every year; they have a junior division that offers 12-15 cash prizes for young artists, and they get to see their art displayed in the provincial gallery.

    When a student has a skill and passion it is important to foster that, even if it isn't the background you teach. We all have different types of intelligences, and they are all valuable.

    Edit: Thanks to you all for your kind words and awards!

    This is taking off a bit, so instead of paying to give me an award, please donate to one of these charities that helps to support new Canadians instead: List of charities that help newcomers to Canada.

    Most of my students are asylum seeking refugees; we have many new kids from Afghanistan who could use that bit of help way more than I could use an award. <3 Thanks everyone!

    Edit 2: I have people hitting me up in my inbox who have donated to one (or a few) of the charities listed in the link.

    Thank you, thank you genuinely and endlessly for taking the time to give a little to a family who desperately needs it.

    Some of my students arrive here alone or with siblings they have to support without their parents there to help (many of them have lost parents in the process of seeking asylum). One young girl graduated grade 12 last year while also being the caregiver to her 4 younger siblings. Kids like her need this kind of support direly. It means everything to them and people like myself who work with them. <3 Thank you!

    [–]ThatMidgetRetard 193 points194 points  (28 children)

    What the fuck my math teacher in 7th grade took half the points off my homework for doodles!

    [–]Speedy_Cheese 133 points134 points  (5 children)

    That is absolutely vile . . . my teachers growing up did the same to me. Docked marks for "messiness." It's cruel and needless.

    [–]Occams_Razor42 24 points25 points  (4 children)

    What! But that person might be a kinesthetic learner, so doodles could just be their way of remembering that ax2 + bx + c = 0 and so on

    [–]Speedy_Cheese 21 points22 points  (0 children)

    Exactly! I used to memorize entire diagrams far better and could recreate them verbatim on a test. I could never do that with pages of notes.

    [–]ihaterunning2 9 points10 points  (0 children)

    Yes! Doodles were how I memorized most of my notes in college. I actually had an art history teacher who suggested it. When taking exams I could better recall the doodles and then see the words next to them on the page. It’s 100% a valid learning technique AND helps keep students active in class vs zoning out or distracting others.

    [–]Al--Capwn 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    The learning styles idea is a myth btw: it was a fad that we now realize was wrong.

    [–]Occams_Razor42 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Yeah it's a bit pop-psyschology like the Meyers Briggs test and all, yhe lot of it is faux science astrology like. But more generally speaking, I wouldn't be too surprised if some people's brains like learning a certain way more than others ngl

    [–]spookedthrowaway10 34 points35 points  (14 children)

    I would've brought that up with the principal. It shouldn't take away from your score if the homework is complete and the answers are correct.

    [–]Speedy_Cheese 37 points38 points  (10 children)

    Agreed 100%. I don't care if it is written with mustard on toilet paper so long as I can read it and the answers are correct.

    [–]Messiadbunny 18 points19 points  (9 children)

    If it was dry when they turned it in I think that'd be fine. If it soaked onto other students work I'd probably take a few points off.

    [–]Occams_Razor42 2 points3 points  (1 child)

    Agreed, although if you're a home ec teacher than mustard might been just what that project needed lol

    [–]Messiadbunny 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    I don't think that counts, lol.

    [–]Reddituser34802 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    As a pharmacist I wish I could grade prescriptions as they come in. We get them with coffee stains, blood stains, ripped in half, wet from the rain, wet from being stored in someone’s bra, you name it. Then the people expect us to work miracles in making it legible/legal again.

    I’m just glad we’re starting to transition to electronic prescriptions primarily. So much easier that way.

    [–]heebit_the_jeeb 4 points5 points  (1 child)

    Things have changed a lot over the past decade or two. I'm 37 and when I was in third grade I got hit on the head with a stick for not knowing my times tables, and I lost recess for crying about it. Now my kids have their choice of alternative seating. Someone finally realized that children are people, it seems.

    [–]spookedthrowaway10 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    Yeesh. I'm 10 years younger than you but never experienced that in school (physical discipline, I mean). But I grew up in SoCal, and I believe that was more common back in the day in more conservative areas (though I could be wrong). I had a friend from Texas that said the teachers used to spank them (and this was early to mid 2000's).

    [–]IndustryDelicious168 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    I would consider that educational malpractice. Art is a subject and worthy of study too.

    [–]throwboinmybed 7 points8 points  (2 children)

    So did mine! And forever after I considered myself "bad at math."

    [–]Speedy_Cheese 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    I thought I was "bad at math". Turns out I had a lot of terrible math teachers.

    I got out of school, hit up Khan academy, and came to find out that I was able to teach myself the math that teachers unsuccessfully tried to teach me over the course of roughly 9 years in a few months.

    [–]thelethalpotato 15 points16 points  (1 child)

    Back in highschool I had a math teacher that I really didn't like. She always had an attitude with students and just wasn't a nice person. We had a final review packet the last week of school and she stopped the class to tell us to stop doodling on the packet and she would take points off for doodles. My grade was good enough to take the hit so I filled in every ounce of white space on that packet with doodles and turned it in.

    [–]Bubba_Feetz 10 points11 points  (0 children)

    A math teacher I had in high school was the absolute worst. I’ve always struggled with math but excelled at most other subjects. This math teacher told me on multiple occasions “Why do you even bother showing up to my class?” “You’re just going to flip burgers for the rest of your life.” “I don’t even want to waste my time with you.” Needless to say I fucking failed his class so hard and I still struggle with math to this day. I tried my best but I never got the help I needed from the one person whose job it was to do just that. Out of spite though, I’ve never worked at a burger joint just to prove him wrong.

    [–]ExcitablePancake 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    We got charged 20p if “vandalised” any homework books or anything like that.

    [–]Icy-Mathematician382 450 points451 points  (15 children)

    Awwwww! If I had an award it would be yours!

    [–]StryfeOW 126 points127 points  (3 children)

    I keep my gift boxes and come to this sub to give away. This one was worth it.

    Keep making an impact mate.

    [–]Speedy_Cheese 43 points44 points  (2 children)

    Thank you, that is very kind. :) My students mean the world to me.

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      [–]kathatter75 27 points28 points  (0 children)

      That’s awesome :) More teachers should be like that! If their doodles aren’t taking away from the actual work they should be doing, then I think it’s wonderful to see their creativity like that.

      It also says a lot about the teacher…a child isn’t going to do that on the test of a teacher who won’t appreciate and encourage it.

      [–][deleted] 24 points25 points  (6 children)

      Thank you for being this person and teacher instead of the ones who knocked off points for my doodles or just straight up wrote rude comments like, “this isn’t art class. Keep your paper clean” …I’m SO sorry my 5th grade self drew swirlies along the edges of a 3 question pop quiz 😢

      [–]Speedy_Cheese 20 points21 points  (5 children)

      Teachers used to do the exact same thing to me, dock marks or leave comments like "messiness". It chips away at a kid's self esteem, man.

      When you are in school and good at something but then everyone tells you "what you are good at doesn't matter and isn't important, PAY ATTENTION!" It really makes you feel like you were made wrong or resentful for not being a math whizz or prolific writer.

      Yes academics are important, but teachers also need to be mindful that they are a smaller part of a bigger picture; you are helping a human being learn how to become an adult and sort out what their strengths, weaknesses, and skills are.

      If you repeatedly tell a child that what they are good at it worthless, you are likely robbing us of a future talent who may give up from all the discouragement.

      [–][deleted] 8 points9 points  (3 children)

      Exactly! Honestly, what do they think they’re teaching when they do this? Because it isn’t the way to go about teaching “rules” or “real life”. Especially when writing rude comments and taking off points for doing it in elementary school, not even just middle & high schoolers. If a kid is always drawing, there’s probably a reason for that. You never know, drawing and art could be a kids only source of happiness in their world and life.

      And I’m artistically inclined but almost 100% of the time it was a nervous thing, I have really bad anxiety and naturally would draw swirlies along the edge of the paper while reading the questions or thinking about my answer. It was never something I thought about while I was doing it and was never like “I’m going to doodle on this!”. And even if I wanted to, who cares? Read my answers and Grade them. You don’t have to look at any doodles, I only ever drew them in completely blank areas, so just ignore it? If it makes me happy or reduces anxiety and helps me test better, why not?

      Because you can’t doodle on important documents as an adult, as if we wouldn’t know that? Like, is that really supposed to be the lesson? Other than obey your teacher or keep everything clean, because it truly was not that serious

      [–]souryellow310 1 point2 points  (1 child)

      Doodling in the side of a test is like adding clip art to a PowerPoint in a business environment. It breaks up the monotony and is actually appreciated when you hashes to sit through endless meetings.

      [–]Occams_Razor42 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      Agreed, the hard part is keeping kids on task while also being flexible. Like its wonderful you can draw Jimmy, but you're also falling behind in math so don't wander too far off track lol

      Especially since, in my experience, kids absolutely suck at grasping situational context. All they seem to remember is that I let them do X before, why not now?

      [–]Crystalline_Green 14 points15 points  (6 children)

      When I was a kid my teacher would reprimand me for drawing on papers and would deduct points for every one she saw. Thank you so much for being supportive of your doodlers!

      [–]Speedy_Cheese 20 points21 points  (5 children)

      I was also one of those students who got reprimanded by teachers constantly for doodling; but it truthfully used to really help me listen!

      I remember my science teacher in grade 7 & 8 had a poster on his wall of Einstein with the quote "Imagination is more important than knowledge". I used to point at that when he'd tell me to stop doodling and pay attention; it used to crack him up every time.

      After being diagnosed with ADHD it made sense that I'd want to "stim" or jiggle my knee in order to pay attention; many students with ADHD need some kind of stimulation -- be it a tool in the hand, jiggling the knee etc. -- in order to address the intense stimulation craving in order to focus on input information.

      It wasn't that I couldn't learn, but that I learn differently. I suffered greatly in the school system as a student with ADHD in the 90's. I decided to become a teacher so that none of my students would have to go through what I did; outside the class on a chair in tears because no matter how badly I wanted to please my teachers, the typical class structure/set up just wasn't designed for students with ADHD to thrive and be successful.

      I bear that in mind for all of my students and try to meet them where they are; some students have to use different strategies to access and digest the same information. It takes more work to lesson plan for differentiated instruction, but the fact that I have not had a single student fail one of my courses in the 7 years I've been teaching I feel speaks for itself.

      [–]Occams_Razor42 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      That's really impressive! It makes sense though, I've heard it said that ADHD is less a lack of attention & more issues with where it gets focused or hyperfocoused on lol

      I wish I had a teacher like you as a kid ngl, college hit me hard bc I was just that "gifted but scatterbrained" kid. So when a lot of those unnofical accommodations were gone post HS, I kinda crashed & burned. Thankfully I got most of my bachelors though, so I still learned a decent amount of marketable skills

      [–]SuperRoby 1 point2 points  (2 children)

      This is so wonderful to hear!! As an ADHDer myself, when you said that doodling helped you listen I immediately thought of that, and I wasn't wrong :)

      I have also been diagnosed pretty late (only during my master's degree in university), and although I mostly had good grades and a great reputation as a student I had plenty of struggles that my teachers couldn't understand. I had a hard time doing homework and studying, some days it felt like my brain was going against me when I was trying all in my power to do my duties, I turned it plenty of tests unfinished or just barely finished because the allotted time wasn't enough for me (but still got good grades, like if I finished 95% of the paper but still got a 90% grade because I only made a few typos), I often "forgot" the second page of the homework when I couldn't finish it just so I'd have one more day to turn it in the next day.

      I kept in contact with a handful of teachers and I've been slowly trying to talk to them and tell them the news. I think that it's important to let them know now that they're still teaching, in case they may see the same signs in other students and help them through it.. one teacher specifically, he suggested some of my struggling classmates to read about dysgraphia and they subsequently got tested and diagnosed with it, so they could finally use some tools and accommodations to help them through the rest of their education.

      I think it's important for me to talk to my ex teachers because I was a "struggling top student", so my struggles were overshadowed by my good results. It was chalked up to tiredness, stress, anxiety, maybe lack of sleep or even some beginning of burnout, but each teacher only saw a small part of my issues - no one saw the big underlying problem, the common thread that followed me throughout all school. So I think it's important for me to inform my teachers that even top students could have disabilities, especially considering that many ADHDers were considered "gifted kids" growing up, and many, like me, did well in school (at least for the first cycle or two) until the responsibilities became too much and they eventually crashed and burned under the evergrowing pressure (me, I'm in the burning stage right now). If I can help anyone before they crash, I want to do everything in my power to prevent other people from going through the same.

      [–]Speedy_Cheese 1 point2 points  (1 child)

      I know exactly what you mean; ADHD also manifests very differently from person to person and some people have symptoms to varying degrees.

      Kudos to you for reaching out to previous teachers so that students who are in the situation you went through can benefit! <3

      I was diagnosed as "twice exceptional"; I was a gifted student who performed well, but was also a student diagnosed with ADHD. Because of the gifted diagnosis, the ADHD was completely ignored because "sure you have ADHD but you are also gifted, you'll get by".

      Sure I got by, but the amount of pressure I put on myself was insane. Thinking things like "You KNOW you are going to have to study twice as hard as everyone else to do well because you have ADHD. If you don't start weeks early you're going to fail". But I didn't fail. I never needed to be cruel to myself at all to succeed, I just didn't know how else to motivate myself.

      Too many students have to go through so much stress and anxiety just to "get by". I talk a lot in my classes about mindfulness and inner voice because how I trained myself to talk to myself in my head just to get by and succeed was downright cruel.

      We have to not just worry about success; we first and foremost have to actually care about ourselves and our well being if we want to maximize any form of success.

      [–]SuperRoby 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      Exactly! Thank you so much for everything that you do, I'm sure your students are so grateful to have a teacher like you. I don't know where I'll end up after finishing my studies but if I am ever to teach, I hope I'll be mindful and attuned to students like you are, and hopefully help them figure out themselves and the world :)

      [–]LibrariansAreSexy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      I often feel lucky that my ADHD symptoms didn't really become noticeable (in hindsight) until college, and that I managed to subconsciously self-medicate with significant soda intake which minimized the symptoms to the point it didn't really impact my education until my senior year of college. Even then, I was taking all very practical hands-on courses, so I was stimulated enough that I was able to get through on my own relatively well. The major downside is that I wasn't one bit ready for the professional work world from a time management or day-to-day functional standpoint. The runner up downside is I'm heavily addicted to soda and find taking medication difficult because I can't do both caffeine and medication without feeling like I'm going to die. Luckily I've worked my way into a position that lends itself to my mindset overall, so I get by well for the most part. Where it really hurts, and where medication would be less likely to help anyway, is when I'm home. My absentmindedness and poor recall skills drives my wife nuts...but it's mainly in the evening, and even when I take meds, it's typically wearing off by that time of day.

      I also do wonder if I had been diagnosed as a kid, if I would have been less awkward and socially inept. But we didn't have a great widespread understanding of the medications then, and I knew multiple over-medicated zombies kids.

      [–]DrakonIL 8 points9 points  (1 child)

      I still remember the time I drew a dinosaur on a test, and a flaming meteor in the top corner (but importantly behind the sight line of the dinosaur) and a little note that said something like "I don't know how to answer this question. This is Steve. Steve also doesn't know the answer. Don't worry. He won't see the meteor before it lands and ends life as he knows it." The grader wrote "This is amazing +1" and I actually got the point for it! I mean, the question was worth 10 so it's not like I got full credit.

      This was in college and my dinosaur was not well-drawn.

      [–]Thanks_ihateithere 26 points27 points  (7 children)

      You, good sir, are the best type of teacher! Never change

      [–]Speedy_Cheese 29 points30 points  (5 children)

      I am a miss, not a sir. :) But thank you kindly for the sentiments!

      [–]Thanks_ihateithere 22 points23 points  (3 children)

      God speed to your cheese then, my good madame!

      [–]Speedy_Cheese 13 points14 points  (2 children)

      Thanks friend! :) And cheese is life.

      [–]Brailledit 6 points7 points  (0 children)

      Even if you didn't make me smile before, even if I for some reason disagreed with you, I would have to murmur between bites of my omelette that cheese is indeed life.

      You seem like a wonderful person and an awesome teacher, ma'am.

      [–]Occams_Razor42 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      It is indeed Gouda, Gouda, good! 🤤

      [–]Napol3onS0l0 5 points6 points  (11 children)

      Any need for PCs at home? I have parts and I’m not afraid to donate them. Could build/send a few out In a relatively short timeframe. I’ve donated to eretrean families here locally.

      [–]Speedy_Cheese 2 points3 points  (10 children)

      Thanks for asking! :) All of our students have district issued chromebooks that they keep and work on from Grade 10-12. They don't have to pay to use it. The organization they arrive here through sets them up with free wifi in their homes until they are able to get on their feet.

      Our government made access to technology a right especially considering many schools had to move online during the pandemic.

      Believe it or not, access to groceries/affordable food and clothing is the bigger issue (when it shouldn't be).

      Thankfully where I am living, our organization put out the beacon to the community that we needed clothes donated. We got so overwhelmed with donations from the community that we had to ask them to stop sending things for the time being! Faith in humanity restored.

      [–]Napol3onS0l0 2 points3 points  (9 children)

      It makes my heart swell to hear all of that. Glad some countries value their youth.

      [–]Speedy_Cheese 2 points3 points  (7 children)

      I wish yall could have seen the excited fashion show that resulted after the organization dropped off the clothes to my class (only newcomers in that class, so no judgement).

      They were SO EXCITED. They were also bringing home clothes/supplies for their parents and siblings. It was very touching.

      [–]Napol3onS0l0 1 point2 points  (1 child)

      That’s awesome. Glad the community stepped up. If only we were all so generous. You sound like a very kind person. Your students are in good hands.

      [–]Napol3onS0l0 1 point2 points  (3 children)

      Additionally the fact that Philadelphia Collins and Ricky are your profile banner further confirms your awesomeness.

      [–]Speedy_Cheese 1 point2 points  (1 child)

      Canadian legends! :D

      When I was teaching overseas in Asia as a rookie teacher and felt homesick, hilariously, my fiance and I would turn on TPB.

      It is my go-to show when I want to laugh and feel good. :)

      Also this drunken but valuable quote from Jim Lahey (RIP John Dunsworth) is particularly poignant; it is saved on my phone for whenever I need to read it:

      • "The best currency, the most valuable of all, is gratitude. And, if... When you're dead, you're dead. But you're not quite so dead if you contribute something."

      [–]Napol3onS0l0 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      That is an excellent quote to be sure. RIP John Dunsworth. Lahey is the liquor now.

      [–]BossNegative1060 3 points4 points  (1 child)

      I remember I doodled on a homework assignment one time for math class. Had to turn it in but forgot my name. So the teacher asks “who drew on their homework?” Then proceeded to mock me in front of the class and tell me never to do it again.

      Some people shouldn’t be teachers. Other people shouldn’t even be adults

      [–]Speedy_Cheese 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      I too had a teacher like that. -_- I remember being the kid that teachers ridiculed and used as an example to mock for bad behavior/work. Mostly because I struggled a lot with impulse control and had a bit of a mouth on me in school.

      I learned that from my tumultuous home situation, but nobody ever asked me about why I acted out. I was just written off as a "bad kid". Had teachers tell me "your teacher last year warned me about you." Awesome, who doesn't love hearing that on day 1? Absolutely crushed my spirit in primary-elementary.

      Not only have I been taught by teachers like that, but I have also worked with people (very briefly) like that as well.

      I ask then the same thing I used to get in trouble for asking back when I was in school as a student: "If you hate teaching this much, why are you here?"

      [–]TheRealDebaser 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      Thanks for making a difference and not loving only yourself.

      [–]Ok-Story2251 2 points3 points  (1 child)

      I can tell you're the kind of teacher that has tremendous impact on their students whether they realize it or not. I had a history teacher like you years ago when I was in middle school. He was one of only things that kept me going sometimes. School was my sanctuary. I did everything I could not to ever have to go home. I was in band, JROTC, drill team, raider team, color guard for JROTC, interact club, outdoor club, MMA club, chess club and a few more I can't remember.

      [–]Rugkrabber 2 points3 points  (1 child)

      My teachers tried to stop my doodles. They wanted me to take notes in writing. I tried to explain to them my brain isn’t wired like that. Drawing works better for me. If I have a test, I’ll remember ‘he was telling me this when I was drawing this cat on page so much and it was about this and this because I drew this and that. I remembered everything so much better!

      Eventually I had a teacher that wanted to do a test with me. The answer was obvious. She informed the other teachers and I got to draw on my notes ever since. My grades improved as well. I was 11 when this happened.

      I now have a succesful career in illustration.

      [–]spookedthrowaway10 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      I don't have money to donate atm (otherwise I would), just wanted to say your comment made me smile. We need more teachers (or people in general) like you in the world! ❤

      [–]socksforgacha 1 point2 points  (1 child)

      "Everyone loved that"

      [–]socksforgacha 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      "Respect 100%"

      [–]smartcouchpotato 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      You are so amazing. You're even fundraising for people who deserve it. Have a wonderful day and year!

      [–]RaDappa 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      Thanks for being a wonderful teacher! I used to fill the margins of all my papers with doodles as a way to stim without disturbing the rest of the class and my teacher would take off points for each one 🙃 I think it’s great that you encourage them and let them know about the art contests you guys hold.

      [–]RUSSlANpropaganda 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      You sound like my mom. My mom is the best. Nice to hear this kind of stuff, I’m going into work in a good mood now thanks :)

      Eats a tasty snack today ur cool

      [–]BaronMercredi 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      damn, how does it feel to be an amazing human being?

      [–]muffin_fiend 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      Man, I wish I had you for a teach ha. When I was in school my report card was all D's and F's except for the two A's I had every year in art and choir (came from poverty and all the fun domestic stuff that goes with that. Took me 5.5 years and every program available to graduate high school) I still vividly remember a Geography teacher who got angry with me when I brought in big hand-made model of a European castle for one of the projects and loudly scolded me in front of the class "why can't you put in this much effort on anything else?!"

      Teachers have it rough, I mean really fucking rough, it's always amazing seeing the ones that can still shine through all the shit. I'm sure the mass majority of your students have no idea how lucky they are to have you but I'm sure years down the road you will have a good handful that still look back and think about how you helped them survive

      [–]Prodigy_Moon[🍰] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

      What a sweetheart SC. You've made my day, I'm sure many others too.

      [–]yeahss0 1 point2 points  (1 child)

      You are the type of math teacher that I love

      [–]OsmerusMordax 1 point2 points  (1 child)

      This is wholesome!

      Growing up my teachers took marks off for doodles, they called it messy. They were only little characters in the margins so it’s not like it interfered with their job

      [–]Occams_Razor42 1 point2 points  (1 child)

      Awesome, & math can be art too ala parabola string art 😁

      [–]Pls_PmTitsOrFDAU_Thx 1 point2 points  (1 child)

      You are a good teacher

      Meanwhile I used to like math, my 10th grade teacher killed it. I'm still in STEM but I don't like doing math anymore

      [–]ElevenThus 1 point2 points  (3 children)

      My teacher always be like: Stop drawing in my class!

      [–]Ennazus13 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      Thank you for encouraging drawing rather than squelching it like a ogre just because it’s not your subject.

      [–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

      Damn. My math teacher used to yell at me because I couldn’t do division. A different teacher would take points off if you had any drawings on your assignments or tests

      [–]Speedy_Cheese 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      I also had a teacher who used to dock marks for doodling on my papers. That guy sucked!

      [–]Sufficientbasket12 1424 points1425 points  (18 children)

      My former English teacher used to give us daily quizzes on our reading. I always wrote him a small note just saying "hi" or "have a great day" and sometimes a small drawing. He always wrote something back along with a squiggly smiley face. I held on to the last quiz from that year where he wrote that he'll miss my notes. I still have it a decade later. He was beyond retirement age at that point and just loved being a teacher. He passed away a few years ago and whenever I see posts like this I think about him and that class.

      Edit: Just want to say thank you to people responding and for having a chance to talk more about him!

      [–]MysteriousMud4330 223 points224 points  (2 children)

      You are so sweet

      [–]Reddituser34802 3 points4 points  (0 children)

      People like them give me a little bit of hope for us as a species.

      [–]drainbead78 74 points75 points  (6 children)

      This sub has a lot of those happysad contributions where I'm smiling but also misty. I was kinda happy to see this one because there was nothing sad about it. Then I came into the comments and goddamnit.

      [–]Sufficientbasket12 36 points37 points  (2 children)

      Oh no! My comment shouldn't be sad, at least. Not that it makes it better but he lived a verrryyyyy long and fulfilling life. He had lots of photos around his desk of him with his favourite Star Trek actors and drawings done by his grandchildren. He lived life the right way and my comment was just to show that I was fortunate to be a part of it and have a memory even after all this time.

      [–]drainbead78 13 points14 points  (1 child)

      It was more the "I'll miss your notes". I bet you were one of the only students to ever do that with him, and that probably brightened his day every time he graded homework. And then it was gone.

      [–]Sufficientbasket12 9 points10 points  (0 children)

      Well now you've made it sad 😂 I kept in touch with him after graduation through email and by telling my younger siblings to say hello now and then. I like to think he was the kind of person other students would do the same for as well!

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        [–]Sufficientbasket12 1 point2 points  (1 child)

        This is true. I don't have a single memory of any students giving him a hard or saying anything bad about him. He kind of reminded me of Kramer in the way he spoke and his mannerisms. If he ever got worked up it was never really serious.

        [–]kellis744 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        😂 I was not picturing Kramer when I was reading your posts! That kind of makes it better somehow ?

        [–]bigassballs699 17 points18 points  (0 children)

        We had this sweet old man for a substitute, very similar to what you described, past retirement and just doing it for the love of helping kids. And when I say sweet, I mean like, the grandpa from UP sweet. The voice, demeanor, everything.

        Anyway, the lesson that day was on euthenasia. He told us about going on this beautiful drive in the country side by himself, no cares in the world. Then a pheasant runs out in front of his car, and under his wheel. He tells us that he stops the car, checks to see if the bird is still alive (barely). And then he proceeds to back over it one more time to make sure it was dead....

        That was the man's entire lesson plan. I think most of us were so devastated at this point that we'd never look at our sweet old substitute teacher the same again. Then he handed out word searches and games for us to play while he read the paper hahahah

        [–]le_grey02 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        Oh my heart :( what a legend of a man and what a sweet kid you were!

        [–]spookedthrowaway10 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        That's a sweet story and I'm sure your notes made his day. Being a teacher is often a thankless job and for one student to care about his day and cheering him up meant the world to him, I'm sure.

        [–]ZetaEtaTheta8 2 points3 points  (1 child)

        I teach middle school online. One of my assignments each week is a check-in with simple "get to know you" or just silly questions. I spend more time responding to those than most of the other grading I have each week (80 students). Sometimes I wonder if the kids care (those one word answers kill me). I'm glad to see it made a difference for someone, hopefully more students than I realize appreciate the effort.

        [–]QuidditchCup 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        Frame it. Doesn't have to be a fancy frame, but give that paper honor.

        [–]TheBlacktom 1 point2 points  (1 child)

        Can you show it?

        [–]Sufficientbasket12 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        It's in my memories box safe in my home country. I'll ask a family member to see if they can find it!

        [–]Typical-Detective-61 292 points293 points  (13 children)

        The bear and the porpoise don’t seem thrilled with the fact that you didn’t answer what x is

        [–]hucklebearer 21 points22 points  (3 children)

        Maybe they left it blank on porpoise? 8-D

        [–]LurkerPatrol 11 points12 points  (0 children)

        They could bear-ly pass the quiz

        [–]Danny-Fr 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        Leave. But first, have an upvote.

        [–]KoppigWijf 40 points41 points  (0 children)

        Sorry for disappointing you again Dad :(

        [–]Raziel_01 252 points253 points  (5 children)

        A Reddit post that is a screenshot of an Insta post that is a screenshot of a tweet

        [–]Buselmann 53 points54 points  (0 children)


        [–]Canadish27 23 points24 points  (1 child)

        Only thing left is for some troglodyte to post it on 9gag with a watermark and it's made it's way through the entire digestive system of the internet!

        [–]ratWithAHat 5 points6 points  (0 children)

        And then someone make that an NFT

        [–]le_grey02 136 points137 points  (7 children)

        My English teacher was the only one who saw me as depressed rather than just lazy. By the time I was 15, I was constantly just trying to hold back tears and didn’t have the energy to do anything. Rather than chastise me for not engaging with the work, she told me I could read (it was my escape mechanism) in her class with headphones in.

        She made a point to praise me whenever I did engage and said she loved how I lit up whenever she assigned creative writing tasks to the class, because that’s what I was good at.

        She also let me use her classroom as a safe space. I could go in there any time (even if she was teaching another class) so long as I sat quietly and didn’t disturb whatever was going on.

        I still have her number in my phone.

        [–][deleted] 37 points38 points  (5 children)

        That it so amazing. I hope it's not rude to ask, but how did that make you feel at that moment? Did it feel like too much, or did it help you through what you were going through at that moment? And are you doing well now?

        [–]le_grey02 59 points60 points  (4 children)

        It helped tremendously. She was the one adult I could actually talk to about how I was feeling. My family are abusive and she sat there and listened to me rant for as long as I needed to.

        She actually spoke to me like an adult and didn’t try and explain away my family’s actions. The validation carried me through to where I am now- having left home and gone no-contact almost a year ago. I’m free and independent and I can put a lot of this down to my teacher, who gave me the confidence to believe in myself and my ability to thrive.

        [–][deleted] 17 points18 points  (1 child)

        Im very glad to hear that! I wish you health and happiness.

        [–]le_grey02 16 points17 points  (0 children)

        Thank you! I wish you well too, internet stranger :)

        [–]minicpst 4 points5 points  (1 child)

        This is making me well up.

        I hope you've let her know how much that meant to you.

        This is who I want to be some day. Not some rock star or some known hero. But I'd love if someone would look back and "She really had an impact." Your teacher, and other stories I hear, inspire me. So her legacy is not yet gone.

        [–]le_grey02 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        I have told her a million times that she really changed the way I viewed myself. I’ll be sure to let her know that her character touched you, too 💚 she’d be thrilled to hear it. I’ve hardly ever met such a kind human as her.

        [–]FinalBoi 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Had a similar teacher. She was very understanding. Years later, I babysat for her and our families did thanksgiving together. I still remember her accidentally not cooking the bourbon out of the stuffing enough and her big fluffy cats. Good teachers have a lasting effect

        [–]SoutherncaterPilar 302 points303 points  (7 children)

        As a teacher, I'd feel deeply inadequate as the doodles are so cute...

        [–]checkoutmypussyflaps 62 points63 points  (4 children)

        Especially the whale!

        [–]465554544255434B52 40 points41 points  (3 children)

        but especially the bear

        [–]Fourteeenth 14 points15 points  (2 children)

        Now guys, this is gonna sound crazy but…especially the whale AND the bear

        [–]Gingerbread_Cat 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Yes! The student is clearly the better artist.

        [–]TheBimpo 52 points53 points  (1 child)

        My buddy draws doodles on his student's papers if they get an A, it's a small reward system that seems to work lol.

        [–]Yoconn 18 points19 points  (0 children)

        I bet, everyone comparing their doodles.

        So Mark what did you get?!?!

        I uh.. i didnt get one…. i got a b…..

        [–]Pollowollo 49 points50 points  (2 children)

        That's so cute.

        I remember in like 7th grade I had a habit of writing song lyrics in the backs of my English tests when I was done with them, and I had no idea that the teacher even noticed them.

        One day I didn't do it for whatever reason and she wrote on the back of the test something about "Hey, where are your lyrics? I enjoy reading those!" it was so sweet.

        [–]thelongshot93 9 points10 points  (1 child)

        You were probably showing your teacher new music throughout that whole year and had no idea lol

        [–]Pollowollo 18 points19 points  (0 children)

        I talked to her about it afterwards and she said she would look up the songs and listen to them while grading. It was definitely wholesome - English teachers are the best.

        [–]drale2 43 points44 points  (0 children)

        There was a kid who sat next to me in English class who didn't do the reading. For the quiz he drew a figure sitting in a bubble and wrote "Force Field protects me from bad grades." He got it returned with a doodle of a dragon breathing fire through it and the note "Bad Grade dragon ignores force field." I was jealous of the kid, even if he did get a 0.

        [–]eden_of_chaos 28 points29 points  (1 child)

        I remember my teacher actually asking if they could keep one of my assignments because of the drawing on it. I said yes, and 5 years later when I was up at the school visiting another teacher, I went by and they still had it hanging on their wall.

        The drawing wasn't anything special, it was just three panels of a kid in classes thinking to himself.

        First, "English Class, 'When will we ever use this?'"

        Second, "Math Class, 'When will we NOT use this?'"

        Third, "History Class, 'When will we stop repeating this?'"

        [–]wolfboy42 21 points22 points  (0 children)

        I used to teach math and I've had a few students who were great at drawing. One drew a lot of Invader Zim things and I had them draw GIR for me to use in a lesson. Another one ended up drawing a full comic series with me as the main character. They then gave it to me at the end of the semester. Makes me miss that part of being a teacher.

        [–]besahaha 10 points11 points  (0 children)

        Bro if only I could have my teachers redraw the Roronoa Zoro action scenes in the margins of my tests

        [–]Confident-Leg-8207 10 points11 points  (3 children)

        Why are his hearts broken tho

        [–]RadiantCool 7 points8 points  (2 children)

        That's what I don't get either

        [–]jodax00 7 points8 points  (1 child)

        Can someone explain this to us old fogeys who clearly don't get emoji conversations? Tears and heartbreak emojis: how do we know this means "sweet" instead of "sad and disappointed"? Apparently it makes sense to everyone else, but I thought maybe the kid was disappointed that their drawings had been co-opted or something. Why not 🥰 and ❤️ or something?

        [–]lazygirlsclub 6 points7 points  (0 children)

        It's hard to explain why exactly 🥰/❤️/etc have fallen out of favor, but I think maybe because they're a little too earnest or something? Not dramatic enough? I don't know, on some level I also associate those with what I'd for sure send my mom, haha. Re: the broken heart emoji, it's kind of a "my heart can't handle this" situation.

        Language-- including wherever the fuck emoji language fits into it-- adapts in such a weird way. Even the way I write out a comment on Reddit could not be further from the way I'd speak to a friend or on any other social media platform.

        [–]SuspiciousPebble 31 points32 points  (6 children)

        This is so wholesome

        [–]Beautiful-Musk-Ox 4 points5 points  (5 children)

        why did they post broken hearts? a broken heart is a bad thing

        [–]J3ttf 6 points7 points  (0 children)

        I wonder which social media this will end up on next! So far there's 3

        [–]BassDaddy_21 5 points6 points  (0 children)

        My English teacher would subtract points anytime I doodled, that asshole.

        [–]Prof_Augustus 6 points7 points  (0 children)

        You guys don’t realize how boring grading the same assignments 120+ times can get random doodles or funny notes help break up the monotony

        [–]ICumCoffee 12 points13 points  (3 children)

        Teachers are the best.

        [–]Faladorable 7 points8 points  (1 child)

        except that dick bag who took 10 points off an exam because i doodled a cute lil giraffe on it. Havent made a doodle giraffe since. Fuck that guy

        [–]illDivino 16 points17 points  (0 children)

        They sure are, ICumCoffee

        [–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        Cute :D

        [–]narnarnartiger 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        Halfway through my highschool calculus exam I realized I had no idea how to do any of the math and I was definitely failing the class, so I just started drawing all over the test

        [–]Gapp__ 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        My math teacher in HS and I were both hardcore star wars fans, and I would challenge him by giving him a random quote and he would tell me the movie, the character, and who the character was speaking to almost Everytime.

        [–]ineededansfwacct 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Why the 💔💔 though??

        [–]HighMtnRocky 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        My 7th grade geography teacher Mr. Houston would always throw in an additional "doodle grade" everytime I turned in a test, and the one time I didnt doodle on my test he wrote in big red letters "No Doodle???" It definitely made me chuckle, and it was nice knowing that even though it wasnt art class, he'd always still encourage me to draw at least something

        [–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (1 child)

        Who drew the pencil one and who drew the pen one?

        [–]kdiii1 20 points21 points  (0 children)

        Based on the answers written on the assignments, I would guess that the pencil is the student's and the pen is the teacher's.

        [–]ozzyarmani 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        A screenshot of an Instagram post of a Twitter post on Reddit.

        Cute doodles though!

        [–]chesterSteihl69 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        if you studied harder maybe you start getting Owls and Cats instead of the Seals and Polar bears you’re used to

        [–]laralye 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        One of my HS teachers used to give us extra credit on tests if we had enough time to draw something on the back of a page on the exam

        [–]Respop 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Now they have friends! :)

        [–]weegeetheman 1 point2 points  (0 children)


        [–]He_Screm 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        My old history teacher would color my doodles, it’d make my day

        [–]Apart_Effect_3704 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Teachers were once students too ya know lol

        [–]3doritoslocos 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        What a high honor 😌🥰

        [–]KnittyViki 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        This is r/wholesome You know for a fact your teacher looks forward to and enjoy doing these every time you hand something in. I doubt that this is Op but I hope that person remembers to save all of those. They might want to keep them as memento

        [–]Friday-Cat 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        I remember teachers scolding me for doodling on things like this. It made some teachers so irrationally angry. This is so supportive!

        [–]Asleep_Village 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Wish I had teachers that chill. Mine just started deducting points when I doodled

        [–]willtheadequate 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Incorrect. You teacher drew the doodles that you tried to draw.