10 Pre-Summer Memes for the Digital Teaching Era
Summer is on the horizon, but for many teachers jumping into online teaching for the first time, the stress is just the same as if it’s the beginning of the school year. As with most difficult moments, it’s fair to say that we’ll all look back on this crash-course into online teaching and laugh—but why not laugh now too? Here are some memes to express what’s going on in your mind as you conduct your class from home.
When your assignment inbox fills up the day before break:
The kids might be able to ride off into the sunset once school is over, but you’re left holding the bag with all their assignments to grade. Nothing a little coffee and manic energy can’t solve (ideally right away, but let’s be real—probably the day before final grades are due).
When you can’t decide what to wear when teaching online:
You thought putting together outfits for regular teaching days was tough. Now, it’s a daily battle to decide whether you’ll risk students seeing those sweatpants beneath your keyboard.
When you’ve explained how to turn assignments in for the 90th time:
You get it. Kids ask the same questions over and over again, and you’re all new to the online classroom. But shouldn’t having your 1,000 reminders in writing make it easier to remember? No? You must have been mistaken.
When administration senses half-measures with teacher dress standards:
You know what it means to be professional. You do. But never has the phrase “pics or it didn’t happen” been more applicable.
When you just know students are completing assignments too fast:
You saw them work in class. They can’t fool you.
When homeschooling parents resoundingly agree on the difficulty of teaching:
Teachers and parents have always been on the same team. We all want the kids to succeed, after all. But it’s nice to know when this Freaky Friday is over, no one will ever doubt the value of your job again.
When you get the latest scoop on meme culture:
Now that you’re all online together, your students have a lot to teach you.
When you leave the camera for a restroom break:
You thought stepping out of the physical classroom would result in chaos? That’s nothing to the digital classroom, where dogs and cell phones and video games are within your students’ reach the moment you turn your back.
When your students tell you a meme was popular five years ago:
Your students are just jealous they don’t have years of experienced meme humor to draw from. Besides, your colleagues will think you’re hilarious when you send the screenshot later.
When teaching online ends up working out:
You might not want to make a career out of it, but you might also be pleasantly surprised when some of your online teaching ideas actually pan out. At least you’ll be prepared for the next pandemic. 🤦
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