It’s back to school time again and we know you teachers are already charging full steam ahead into the new year. From lesson plans to staff meetings to parent nights, you are hard at work shaping young minds and trying to keep your own sanity intact. For those inevitable times when you feel a bit jaded, discouraged, or just plain stressed out, here are five hilarious books about teaching that will delight your funny bone and assure you that you’re not alone.
1. Reluctant Disciplinarian by Gary Rubinstein
Gary Rubinstein stumbled into teaching and wasn’t completely prepared for some of its challenges. In Reluctant Disciplinarian, a lighthearted look at classroom management, he explains how he went from being a “softy” to a successful teacher.
Once when I was absent, my class tortured the substitute. They set a fire in the garbage can. They threw some books out the window. When I returned the next day, I reprimanded them harshly. “Why can’t you be that good for me?” I asked.
2. 32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny by Phillip Done
Phillip Done has over two decades of teaching experience and an infectious sense of humor. Whether you are a third grade teacher yourself or just like a good laugh, 32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny is a humorous look into the classroom that is sure to brighten your day.
I wear four-leaf clovers and dandelions in my shirt pocket that have just been picked with love at recess. I pray for snow days. I pray for Stephen to be absent.
3. The New Yorker Book of Teacher Cartoons by Robert Mankoff
Over the years, The New Yorker has published quite a stock of witty and candid cartoons about teaching. The New Yorker Book of Teacher Cartoons is a collection of 118 of the best. It’s the perfect place to turn for a quick chuckle between classes or a much needed break from grading papers.
4. F In Exams by Richard Benson
Every teacher gets an unusual response to a test question now and then. F In Exams is a collection of some of these wacky and off-the-wall test answers. Take a break from writing that next pop quiz and enjoy a few giggles at silliness of students everywhere.
What is the process in which steam turns into water?
5. Teacher Life: A Snarky Chalkboard Coloring Book for Grown-Ups by Papeterie Bleu Adult Coloring Books
Adult coloring books have been gaining popularity in recent years for their therapeutic properties, and a few have been created just for you stressed out teachers. Teacher Life: A Snarky Chalkboard Coloring Book for Grown-Ups is coloring therapy with an extra dash of classroom humor thrown in.
Keep calm and pretend it’s on the lesson plan.
What’s the funniest thing that has ever happened in your classroom?
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