12 Signs You’re So Hooked on Teaching, You Might as Well Start Eating Apples for Breakfast

They say teaching is a noble profession, but let's face it, it also comes with its fair share of quirks and oddities. If you can relate to more than a few points in this hilariously candid list, then my friend, you're a bona fide primary school teacher!

  1. You declare "no cuts" when a shopper squeezes ahead of you in a checkout line. Gosh, doesn't everyone know that's playground rule #1?

  2. You habitually move your dinner partner's glass away from the edge of the table. It's always best to prevent spills before they happen, right?
  3. You ask if anyone needs to go to the bathroom as you enter a theatre with a group of friends. Hey, better safe than sorry!
  4. You hand a tissue to anyone who sneezes. Because, hygiene first!
  5. You refer to 'happy hour' as 'snack time'. And why not, a few nibbles can make anyone happy!
  6. You ask guests if they have remembered their scarves and mittens as they leave your home. It's just basic hostess etiquette, isn't it?
  7. You say, "I like the way you did that," to the mechanic who repairs your car. Who says positive reinforcement is only for kids?
  8. You ask, "Are you sure you did your best?" to the mechanic who fails to properly repair your car. Because constructive criticism can help everyone improve, right?
  9. You sing the 'Alphabet Song' to yourself as you look up a number in the phone book. Old habits die hard!
  10. You say everything twice? I mean, do you repeat everything? Reinforcing lessons isn't just for the classroom!

  11. You fold your spouse's fingers over the coins as you hand him/her the money at a toll booth. Well, grip is important, you know!
  12. You ask a quiet person at a party if he/she has something to share with the group. Because, everyone should get a chance to speak!

Now for the moment of truth:

  • If you answered 'yes' to more than two of the above items, you are irrevocably hooked on teaching!
  • If you answered 'yes' to more than half of them, you're probably beginning to think about retirement!
  • If you answered 'yes' to more than ten, you'll always be a teacher, retired or not!

In all seriousness, these are all signs of your unwavering dedication to nurturing young minds, and that's nothing to sneeze at... unless of course, you have a tissue handy!


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