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  • - Put like a little, this is bad,

  • I shouldn't be telling you guys this (beep).

  • (playful music)

  • - Hi, I'm Dan, I was an adjunct professor

  • in film and art at a liberal arts college.

  • - Hi, my name is Tselane Thomas,

  • and I was a science teacher for first through fifth grade.

  • - My name's Jenny.

  • I have been teaching for almost 10 years now.

  • All in preschool.

  • - Today I'm gonna be sharing

  • some insider knowledge about schooling.

  • - Oh. (laughs)

  • What kind of gossip in the teacher's lounge?

  • Oh, we talk about everything.

  • I don't wanna get myself in trouble here.

  • (laughs)

  • - It's nothing that I think a student

  • would find terribly interesting.

  • It's all about like unionization.

  • - When we're taking vacations,

  • if we're even gonna be able to afford a vacation.

  • - Talking (beep) about the administration a little bit.

  • - Mainly I think we just talk about who's bugging who.

  • Talk about our coworkers, I guess.

  • - We do talk about you, for sure.

  • - Most of the time we talk about our experiences.

  • If we deal with really bad or misbehaved children.

  • - 'Cause if you're a problem to one teacher,

  • we wanna know if you're a problem

  • to every teacher, or if you just hate us.

  • - Or if we had issues with the parents,

  • which happens quite often.

  • Parents will come in and yell at us

  • for their child not doing well and blame it on the teacher,

  • so we tend to gossip about that.

  • Biggest pet peeve I would say

  • is students coming to my classroom at lunchtime.

  • - I mean, just like blatant lying.

  • - With the little ones, it's probably when

  • they just tap you constantly

  • when they're trying to get your attention.

  • Like, hi, hi, hi.

  • - I just need my time to myself.

  • That's really, really difficult,

  • 'cause you wanna be nice, you wanna answer questions,

  • but we need a little break, too.

  • - Plagiarism is a huge pet peeve,

  • because it's incredibly easy to catch, yet it is so rampant.

  • - Another annoying thing that students do

  • is when they think they know the answer to something

  • and I'll try to explain something in science,

  • they'll, I know already, I know already.

  • And I can't even explain it to the other kids,

  • I'm like, that's nice, I'm glad you know,

  • but they don't know, so shh, you know.

  • - I think a lot of students are just trying their best.

  • They're trying their best in a system

  • that is in many ways stacked against them.

  • So I'm pretty forgiving

  • when it comes to the little annoyances.

  • Have I ever had a student come in

  • visibly or otherwise intoxicated?

  • I'm sure.

  • I mean, depending on a good attendance day,

  • there are 110 students in this class,

  • it was an auditorium class.

  • So the odds are that a few of them

  • are intoxicated is pretty high.

  • - No, 'cause preschoolers are too young for that,

  • but we have had kids come in who are like,

  • clearly on medicine.

  • Like, they're sick and their parents

  • send them knocked up on DayQuil.

  • - I have never had any students come in intoxicated.

  • I would be shocked if they did.

  • I think maybe they were intoxicated

  • on their prescription medications?

  • But not anything outside of that.

  • - I also understand that the world's falling apart,

  • and you need to cope with that feeling of hopelessness

  • that I think a lot of us are feeling in varying degrees.

  • So I'm not gonna begrudge a student

  • for coming in drunk or high to a class

  • as long as they aren't disruptive

  • and they aren't stopping other people from enjoying

  • or at least listening to what I have to say.

  • - How aware am I of their personal lives?

  • They tell you everything.

  • - As far as like, the relationship-y kind of stuff, yeah.

  • With college classes, you typically

  • take breaks in the middle, 'cause you teach like,

  • three to four hour classes.

  • And in those 30 minutes, you hear some stuff.

  • - They tell you about baby sisters, baby brothers.

  • They'll tell you if their mom is pregnant

  • before mom tells you.

  • You'll hear, oh, my mommy has a baby in her belly.

  • - I am super aware of my student's gossip

  • and personal lives because they are loud, okay?

  • They talk about everything all the time

  • with no awareness of anybody around them,

  • so I hear everything, and I have dog ears,

  • so I hear stuff that I do not wanna hear.

  • - They talk about parties.

  • They talk about getting drunk, getting high.

  • - I've overhead a girl accidentally pee on herself.

  • They forgot to wear deodorant.

  • All kinds of fun stuff.

  • The worst way of cheating would be

  • trying to signal to their friend

  • across the room, like, what's number five?

  • 'Cause I can clearly see it.

  • It's terrible, you're not gonna get away with it.

  • Just study.

  • - There's no cheating in preschool,

  • but preschoolers are sneaky.

  • You might say something's not open for them

  • or something's closed, and they'll turn around

  • and go to another teacher and say,

  • oh, can I have some more watermelon?

  • Or can I have some more quesadilla?

  • And then when they say yes, you turn around,

  • you're like, I just told them no.

  • - Everything I did was essay based.

  • I can hear the groans on the other side of the screen.

  • The worst thing I've seen is I taught a class of six people.

  • So six essays.

  • That's not a lot of essays.

  • Two of the essays invariably were almost identical

  • every single time, and I'm like, your pool is so small.

  • There's such a degree of like,

  • intellectual inbreeding happening right here

  • that of course I'm gonna catch them.

  • And of course I'm gonna tell them that I caught them.

  • And you're almost disappointed in the lack of creativity.

  • And it's also kind of insulting to you personally.

  • You're just like, you didn't think I would notice?

  • I don't know what kind of apathy

  • you're dealing with outside of this classroom,

  • but I really care, I care too much to a lot of degrees.

  • - I would say a good way of cheating would probably be,

  • this is bad, I shouldn't be telling you guys this (beep).

  • (laughs)

  • So take a paper, put it on your chair and close your legs

  • so that when you come, you know,

  • you could look down at it and then close your legs.

  • And then I probably won't notice that.

  • I love the joy that I get from seeing kids

  • absorb information and that I can make science cool.

  • Being a woman of color, it's super, super important

  • to show that being represented is important.

  • - Being a teacher in preschool

  • is almost like being a movie star.

  • You walk into a room, and they are thrilled to see you.

  • They run to you, they hug you, they kiss you.

  • It's just, they're very excited to see you.

  • And that is the biggest joy in preschool.

  • - I mean, it's kind of cliche to say,

  • but when you see that a-ha look in the students' eyes.

  • Like, being able to distill an abstract concept

  • into just a couple sentences and have them

  • understand it for the first time is euphoric.

  • It's what we want.

  • It's what we live for, to a degree.

  • It makes me miss teaching more and more every day.

  • - School is everything for now, but it's gonna change.

  • Just focus on loving yourself, do your homework,

  • listen to your parents, and then when you get older,

  • you'll have to start over again.

  • (pleasant music)

- Put like a little, this is bad,

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