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EllieMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 20-Apr-18 12:13:16

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With National Teacher Day coming up on the 8th May MNHQ would love to know the phrases you remember your teachers always saying….also if you are currently a teacher please share the phrases you most commonly use during your classes.

Do you have strong memory of one of your teachers always using the ‘I’m not angry just disappointed’ line? Perhaps whenever your teacher was annoyed at someone they would say ‘It’s your own time your wasting’? Or maybe as a teacher you’re becoming known for saying one phrase in particular?

Whatever phrases you remember your teachers always saying, comment on the thread below to be entered into a prize draw where one MNer will win a £100 voucher of their choice (from a list).

Thanks and good luck!

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Chocolatecake12 Fri 20-Apr-18 12:16:25

My teachers always told my mum I talked too much! But that I was a Pleasue to teach!
Now I’m a parent I’ve heard those exact phrases for my own children! They must teach them at teacher training!!

laurexa Fri 20-Apr-18 12:34:57

I got told the story of the person who swung on their chair and split their head open the same story every chair swingers heard

leccybill Fri 20-Apr-18 12:38:44

The child who threw a snowball and made another child go blind is another myth I remember!

MrsMarigold Fri 20-Apr-18 12:53:53

"Whatever next?"

AnnaHindrer Fri 20-Apr-18 12:58:20

Music teacher - 'Some people don't have any talent and we advise their parents to remove them from classes. Some have a bit of talent and work very hard and develop their skill. Some have loads of talent but never work...YOU are of that Kind and its infuriating!

BuntyII Fri 20-Apr-18 13:01:36

'The answers are at the back of the book, but I'll trust you not to look at them'

You put your faith in the wrong person, my friend

fleshmarketclose Fri 20-Apr-18 13:11:02

"Empty vessels make most noise" was a comment that I heard repeatedly through school in response to a noisy class. Apparently it was to illustrate that noise indicated a lack of brains.

OutComeTheWolves Fri 20-Apr-18 13:14:02

The bell is for me not you.

RoseMartha Fri 20-Apr-18 13:38:50

My French teacher once told me 'I don't know how you came third in the test you never speak in the class.'
It was a written French test .

Tiredofit Fri 20-Apr-18 14:12:49

One of my primary school teachers used to say "If you spent as much time working as you do talking you'd be a genius".

sharond101 Fri 20-Apr-18 14:25:16

Heads down, thumbs up last one down has to tidy the bookshelves!

AnnaHindrer Fri 20-Apr-18 14:45:38

Head of sports to ds1 - 'I never know who's going to walk through door'hmm

MummyBtothree Fri 20-Apr-18 14:54:56

"If you've got something interesting to say, maybe you would like to share it with the rest of us?" Every time I was caught whispering to my friend instead of getting on with my work!.

ButterflyOfFreedom Fri 20-Apr-18 15:29:56

'the bell is for me not you'

'it's your own time you're wasting'

' it's your future not mine'

All the classics I think!!

Theimpossiblegirl Fri 20-Apr-18 16:53:41

I still use the chair threat!

ScreamingValenta Fri 20-Apr-18 17:10:06

"Am I boring you?" if someone appeared distracted in class.

It was once said to me ... how I longed to answer "Yes."

Imgettingcheesefries Fri 20-Apr-18 17:42:53

The bell is for me not for you

I get paid whether you pass or not

Threatening with making us have to pick off the old chewing gum from underneath the tables- never heard of anyone having to do it

And the kid who swung back on a chair and died

drspouse Fri 20-Apr-18 17:47:50

Apparently all my DS' teachers begin every sentence with "Right!" as he now does this.

BlondeB83 Fri 20-Apr-18 17:51:05

‘Go and sit on the toilet’ to a complaint of stomach ache.

FabulouslyGlamorousFerret Fri 20-Apr-18 17:56:59

"If you had been listening you would know what you need to do"

"No you can't go to the toilet, playtime has only just finished"

OutwiththeOutCrowd Fri 20-Apr-18 18:01:26

My favourite teacherism is, 'You should know that by now!'

It's a good one for those tricky occasions when a pupil asks you, the teacher, a question you don't know the answer to - but know that you should.

Landed Fri 20-Apr-18 18:09:53

Many of those above plus...
You never put up your hand,
if you could overcome your shyness you would learn a lot more,
Pleasure to teach (imagine that means doesn't cause any extra stress!)
Must try harder (soul destroying)
Tell your mum not to make your appointment during school time (like we have a choice!)

areyoubeingserviced Fri 20-Apr-18 18:13:25

I am not WH Smiths, buy your own pen.
I’ve got my qualifications, so if you dont want to work that’s your problem.

TroubledTribble28 Fri 20-Apr-18 18:16:35

My fellow classmates were hooligans and whenever my language teacher was giving them a telling off (every.single.lesson) she would say 'Now I'm not tarring you all with the same brush by any means. ..' :D

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