Chalk-line across the seat of your pants? Forgot the principal’s name? Lettuce in your teeth? Oh, you’ve got nothing on me when it comes to embarrassing yourself in front of a classroom of students. Today on the blog, it’s storytime and I can GUARANTEE you never made this stupid move in front of a class:

Okay, I went first. Now it’s your turn to share an embarrassing teacher moment. Leave a reply below and we’ll all feel better knowing that we’re not alone.

Teach on, everyone!

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  1. My most embarrassing moment was at Freshman Orientation. It was my first day in front of my students after an eight-year hiatus from the classroom. I was doing some ice breaker games with the students when I fell flat on my rear. That was August 8, and today, November 3, my ankle still shows signs of the sprain. My students all still talk about it.

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  2. Oh yeah, smartfineart! We all have battle scars, either on our hearts or our ankles. I’d just tell them, “Yeah, that’s the day I ‘fell’ for you!” Thanks for sharing. You make me feel so not alone. 🙂

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  3. I have two that pop into my mind quickly, although I’m sure they have been many more. When I was subbing right after I graduated in December, I was in an art classroom. The teacher had all the desks around the outside of the room, facing into the center. I was propped up against a desk as I was explaining things, and all of a sudden the desk collapsed. I quite loudly yelled an expletive as I fell. Embarrassing!

    Later in my teaching career, I had taken my class to their “specials” class and walked back into my room. I had been holding one in for a little while and when I got to the safety of my empty classroom, I let it rip, and did it ever. It definitely would have been heard had there been anyone else around, but I knew my room was empty. Except it wasn’t. A poor student from another class had come in looking for something, and as I turned to go to my desk I saw him, bright red and booking it for the door.

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  4. Ha, Ivy, these are amazing! I swear, I’ve given myself cramps some afternoons trying to hold in my gas. 😀

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  5. When I was student teaching, one day we didn’t have a normal schedule, so of course the 7th graders were restless and off-kilter. They just couldn’t settle down, but saying “Shut up” was something that students could get suspended for, so faculty, of course, avoided saying it. I finally had just had it with them, and being so careful to avoid “shut up,” said, “Be quiet, damn it.” Stunned silence. I apologized to them. They were definitely quiet after that.

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  6. That “gas” situation reminds me of this funny commercial…

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  7. Yup! We gotta keep it clean, Fran. One of my sheltered freshmen was upset one year when I used the word, “jackass.” We were reading A Midsummer Night’s Dream and discussing Nick Bottom, who literally gets turned into a jackass by Puck’s fairy magic. That was just too, too much for this one kid, though. Oh!

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  8. Oh. My. Gosh. That one made me cringe, Shari. Hilarious!

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  9. So, a few years ago, I was in the middle of teaching using a PowerPoint. Since I rarely stand still when I am teaching, I was moving around my room really getting my point across. My students were really engaged and right with me. At one point, I was walking quickly to the front of the room to emphasize a point on the screen. As I walked to the front of the room, I tripped on a cord and literally flew 5 feet. I landed flat on my stomach, hit my face on the floor, jumped up, and just kept on teaching. There were several gasps in the room, not a single snicker, and then suddenly one of my 9th grade football players said, “Wow! You’re tough!” I then laughed and the WHOLE class broke into laughter and several kids sweetly asked, “Are you okay?” For the rest of the day, kids were coming in and asking if I could fall again they heard it was “really cool”! Ugh! Gotta love freshmen!

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  10. I dunno, Leanne, I’m thinking you might have a future as the school’s football coach. Who else could impress and motivate like that?!? Love that grit!

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  11. I was teaching a grammar lesson a few years ago and had sentences written on the board. I try to use silly sentences to keep it somewhat entertaining. I think the sentence was “Joe Bob was eating squirrel stew.” It was at the end of the day, and I was tired. I also talk fast, and as I read the sentence, instead of saying “Joe Bob,” I said “Boe Job.” Let’s just say I do not use that name anymore.

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  12. Wise move, Amy! This reminds me of the unfortunate headline that took over social media this week: https://boingboing.net/2017/10/31/headline-fail-kansas-students.html #cringe

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  13. I have a knack for falling. In the third quarter of my first year of teaching, my coteacher was giving a lecture while I patrolled, making sure our freshmen were being good humans. I told one student to scoot in or someone might trip and, you guessed it, my foot got caught and I starfished on the ground.
    The following year, I took my creative writing students to our wetlands and attempted to jump over a puddle. I missed. I taught the remainder of the day, three more periods, with mud caked from mid-back to toes.
    Thankfully, I have a great sense of humor and no pride left, so I’m still teaching.

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  14. “Starfished” is now officially my new favorite verb, Miss G. *crying*

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