I am a teacher. Here are some (unfortunately true) stories. Click the pictures to enlarge.
Teaching grade 2:

Teaching English 11:

Teaching Math 10: Apprenticeship and Workplace:




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I teach things to people and sometimes draw comics.
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18 Responses to Teaching.

  1. Miss Edee says:

    Second grade:
    Girl comes in from recess with a Ziploc bag of brackish water and squiggly “floaters”.
    Girl: “Look, Miss Edee! We found tadpoles?”
    Me: “Uh… where did you find them?”
    Girl: “In the pond.”
    Me: “We don’t have a pond!”
    Girl: “Yes we do, it’s in the middle of the soccer field!” (It rains non-stop here.)
    Me: “No, sweetie, that’s a giant puddle. How are you planning to get that home?”
    Girl: “I’m just gonna put this (holds up Ziploc bag) in my backpack.”
    Me: “No. No you’re not.”
    I had one of the fourth grade teachers come down and look at the contents of her baggie. They were various stages of mosquito larvae.
    I almost miss teaching. Almost.

    • o0o says:

      i brought “tadpoles” (mosquito larvae) into the house as a kid… couldn’t figure out where all the mosquitos were coming from…

  2. Theasaurus says:

    Oh, the little treasures.

    I’m a teacher too. To date, my favourite question (from a Year 7 boy) has been:

    “Is the baby camel going to be born out of the mother camel’s nostril?”


    • Sometimes I feel as though the joke is on me, and I’m constantly falling for it.

      “Dude, can you believe Mr. Baines actually thought I was serious with that? What an IDIOT!”

      • Theasaurus says:

        Oh, I know! It’s awful when they con you into believing they’re dead serious only to have you realise ten minutes later, by which time the joke has completely turned on you (actually, it was always on you to begin with, come to think of it).

        All you can do is laugh with them, right?

  3. setinmotion says:

    Hahahahaha! I’m so glad to know I wasn’t the only one who zoned out while studying Hamlet…although you did get paid for it…

  4. You couldn’t get me to be a teacher if you held a gun to my head. I was a pupil, I know what we put you suckers through. Nice to see things don’t change. 😉

    • I can’t help but feel that this is all karma for my years as that jackass in the back of the class

      • One of our proudest moments was hiding the music teacher’s piano (no small feat as it involved several flights of stairs), which made him cry and then refuse to come back into the classroom until we revealed where it was. Win/win!

        The best part was when other teachers found it, they also refused to help him! There’s no amount of therapy for that.

  5. I’m sympathetic to the kid in number 3. That’s the level of maths I’m at right now.

  6. Ah, I’m sure the kiddo in number 3 just meant to say 4.2 foot. I would be confused, too, if I had to deal with the mumbo-jumbo imperial system 😉

  7. Russ Nickel says:

    Love the very last panel!

  8. At least you have comic fodder! And also, this:

  9. Beth says:

    What do I remember most about studying Hamlet? Someone would read one of the lines that begins, “How now…” and my brain would hear, “How now, brown cow.” Why the bard didn’t choose that phrase and put me out of my misery I’ll never know.

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