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To ask teachers what your pet peeves are?

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Collettegirl Sun 04-Mar-18 08:45:09

Personally mine are wet playtimes, and children who don't have a pen/pencil.

Kittycattycoco Sun 04-Mar-18 08:48:43

I teach reception. The number of children who start school in nappies is shocking. And crap coffee.

Collettegirl Sun 04-Mar-18 08:51:06


I teach year 2, I keep a stash of my own coffee, then again we don't really have much time to have a cup.

OhWhatFuckeryIsThisNow Sun 04-Mar-18 08:51:17

"Put what you are chewing in the bin please"
"I'm not chewing"
"Yes you are, do as you are told"
" I'm not. Look" opens mouth wide. Still keeps chewing.
And lack of pens.

OhWhatFuckeryIsThisNow Sun 04-Mar-18 08:52:46

Oh and farting. On purpose. (Talking year 11)

Littlewhistle Sun 04-Mar-18 08:53:09

Children who can't dress themselves
wet playtimes (no such thing when I was at school)
water bottles
parents who can't accept that their child is the cleverest in the class and somehow it's my fault
having to do shite like Curriculum for Excellence when you've been teaching for years and have seen nonsense like this come and go several times

AjasLipstick Sun 04-Mar-18 08:56:03

This thread is going to piss people off. My DD couldn't do up her shoes or zip when she began reception.

No need to have a fucking "peeve" about it. She had some motor issues. No SN....just slow to learn in that department.

Sorry my child wasn't up to your standards. hmm NOT. I'm really actually sorry there are teachers like LittleWhistle who think that children not being able to dress themselves is something to complain about.

FitBitFanClub Sun 04-Mar-18 08:58:49

The thread is clearly aimed at teachers and meant to be lighthearted

ClaryFray Sun 04-Mar-18 09:00:08

@AjasLipstick I'm sure @Littlewhistle didn't mean children who have issues. My sons year 3 and can still have issues dressing and in dressing himself. He has SEN though and has a 1-1 TA who assists him so it takes none of the additional time of the teachers in class.

My pet peeves are
- "how is this going to help me when I'm an adult"
- "Allow it fam, Wag one, peng ting" and all variations off.

Kittycattycoco Sun 04-Mar-18 09:00:24

ajas that’s unfair. That’s not remotely what the OP has asked.

Jobbieshitkakaboudin Sun 04-Mar-18 09:01:09

When children pass on messages like 'My mum says I don't have to do games because it only rounders and rounders is rubbish' or 'my dad says we dont need to learn about the celts because that's all nonsense, so Ive not done my homework'.

I am petty but I email the parents every time to check. And every time they sell their kid out "No Mrs Jobbieshit, I would never say such a thing. What you are doing is soooo important."

I believe the child 80% of the time. You can tell because they use vocabulary they don't normally use and its obviously a direct quote!

FlouncyDoves Sun 04-Mar-18 09:01:39

The abrogation of parental responsibility (that covers the whole gamut of problems in school).

Collettegirl Sun 04-Mar-18 09:02:13


Sorry if it offended you. It was just light hearted as FIt bit says. I actually would expect some reception children to struggle with zips and laces.

NannyOggsKnickers Sun 04-Mar-18 09:03:08

Yr9 girls who just talk over the top of you, constantly. And when you pull them up on it play the victim (hair flick, eye roll, smirk) and say that you pick on them because ‘you hate me, miss’.

No, just stop talking for five seconds and do some bloody work.

Argh, the emotional manipulation!

T1M2N3T4 Sun 04-Mar-18 09:03:25

Lost reading books in reception. They go to certain homes and just disappear

PollyMycroft Sun 04-Mar-18 09:03:27

Well, that took a turn quickly.
Most children should be able to dress themselves by a certain age. Of course some will need extra help and as teachers we understand and do actually care about your children. However, I have heard from primary teacher friends that the percentage of children who can't is we have more children with additional needs or is there another reason? I teach the older ones so I genuinely don't know.

My peeves are...
Students late for lessons-especially when the classroom is next door to their common room.
Oh-and late homework.

Janek Sun 04-Mar-18 09:03:52

Not learning vocabulary for homework, presumably because it's less tangible than something written (I set both), even though it's tested every week. Actually I would rather they just learnt the vocab if I could choose one half of their homework to do!

HolyMountain Sun 04-Mar-18 09:04:03

I’m a TA in Reception.

Parents who don’t send in spare clothes for wet/soiled accidents.
Parents who don’t return the school spare clothes.

T1M2N3T4 Sun 04-Mar-18 09:06:48

Ah yes jobbieshit. My personal favourite. Snack time -my mum says I'm not allowed carrots.
IF YOU DON'T LIKE CARROTS JUST SAY SO. I ain't gonna ram it down your throat

Idontbelieveinthemoon Sun 04-Mar-18 09:07:09

Nothing in terms of the children I teach (Reception) because they're lovely.

I was in a restaurant with DH and the DC recently and heard a parent of a child in my class use "You wait til I tell Mrs Idontbelieveinthemoon how bad you've been" to threaten their DC. It felt like they were using me as the bad guy and hated it. Never had it before or since though.

Staff Room Coffee is always awful at our school which I think should be a criminal offence.

ourkidmolly Sun 04-Mar-18 09:07:10

Yes of course that’s exactly what the OP intended when she spoke about peeves. Don’t be so bloody ridiculous, you know fine well most teachers, the vast majority in fact, are suppotive of any child with a genuine delay in whatever area. Honestly, count yourself lucky that your child doesn’t have additional needs and that you’re not reliant in the kindness of staff to change their nappies at 13 like some of us are. Teachers are allowed a whinge you know.

Happened Sun 04-Mar-18 09:08:06

Student teachers who are being paid more than a teacher who has been doing the job 6 years and are just there because they didn't know what else to do after uni.

Lottapianos Sun 04-Mar-18 09:08:12

'However, I have heard from primary teacher friends that the percentage of children who can't is growing'

Teacher colleagues of mine all say the same. Expectations of parents seem to get lower and lower, while expectations of teachers get higher all the time

Anyone complaining about this thread,please remember that teachers are just normal human beings, and need a good moan from time to time. Just like parents do on this site

soapboxqueen Sun 04-Mar-18 09:08:32

I hated;
* class assemblies
* parents telling me relevant information after an issue has arisen
*pointless initiatives, policy changes, fads (focusing on every solid aspect of school makes the word 'focus' redundant Carol)
*Staff who think their view of children and learning is they only correct view so children who don't fit into this must be naughty/lazy/have bad parents. (Again Carol stop talking out of your arse)

Gatehouse77 Sun 04-Mar-18 09:08:47

Mine was parents who don't understand the difference between reading and comprehension.

It doesn't matter a fig if your Freddie can read Harry Potter in Y1 if he hasn't got a clue what's happening!

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