When my oldest finished his first year of preschool, he brought home a nugget of wisdom I’ve used time and time again. The phrase, “Zip it, lock it, put it in your pocket” is a kid-friendly way to say SHUT YER FACE HOLE. Really, it’s the gift that keeps on giving.
As educators, pillars of the community, respectable professionals, blahblahblah we have to mind our Ps and Qs more carefully than most others. I mean, what parent wants their kid to have a teacher who drops incessant F-bombs in line at the grocery store or one who stumbles around town chugging a 40?! Yet what other profession justifies cursing stumbling chugging?
The point? For the sake of our careers, teachers must often zip it, lock it, put it in our pocket. But be warned: just because we’re not vocalizing, doesn’t mean we’re not thinking…
When a parent insists the 36 assignments her child turned in on the last day of school be graded immediately to determine if he passed
What teachers think: You’re killin’ me, Smalls! Where have you been all year?! Couldn’t return my calls or emails, but now you care?! *puts student’s 36 assignments at very bottom of to-do list*
What teachers say: I appreciate your concern and will do my best to get these graded.