1. Actually getting excited when there’s no line at the photocopier.
  2. The feeling you get when that struggling student finally “gets it.”
  3. Being friended by a student on Facebook.
  4. Trying not to laugh when a student says something completely inappropriate but utterly hilarious.
  5. Knowing the one day you leave the house in sweatpants, a baseball cap, and with no make-up that you will certainly run into a student or parent.
  6. Knowing the first names and grades of over 500 different students while having no idea where you left your favourite pen.
  7. Telling everyone you know to use their “indoor” voice.
  8. What you’re feeling when you know you’ve explained something twelve times, and you’re going on the thirteenth.
  9. Being remembered and thanked by one of your most difficult students, who is now a highly successful person.
  10. Constantly thinking “How can I use this in a lesson” when you’re shopping for something.
  11. When you get a certain sense of satisfaction from laminating something.
  12. You can feel every muscle in your body relax when you hear the bell ring.
  13. Catching yourself speaking to your friends and family like they’re first-grade students.
  14. Being able to finish your lunch in 5 minutes flat.
  15. Thinking your students will stop and listen if you just count down from 5 out loud.
  16. You’re constantly searching online for discount school supplies.
  17. How you feel when you let a curse word slip out in front of your students.
  18. The happiness you feel when you’re a substitute teacher and your phone rings at 6:30 AM.
  19. Trying to change a seating arrangement without making things worse.
  20. Needing to use the washroom while knowing you don’t dare leave your class without any supervision.
  21. Hearing people say they envy the fact that you get summers off.
  22. Those days when there isn’t a coffee in the world big enough to get you through the day.
  23. You’re used to feeling tiny hands on your butt when someone wants to get your attention.
  24. You complain how rough the week was and a colleague reminds you that it’s only Tuesday.
  25. When you find yourself pushing in random chairs at every restaurant you visit.

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