Humor and How Teachers Cope With Their Stress

By Robert Bacal

Most people haven't had the opportunity to spend time in teachers' break rooms, and that's probably a good thing. In my time supervising teachers, I've had the chance to sit in a number of staff rooms at schools, and one thing that's noticeable is the use of humor, sometimes acidic, that I have heard.

Teachers tell stories. The sometimes say things about their students, or the parents, or administrators that are harsh and that wouldn't be acceptable if said in a more public place.

I've heard teachers run down their students privately, and then five minutes later, enter their classrooms and do a masterful job of working with the "little monsters".


What Are They Doing Psychologically?

Teachers, along with social workers, nurses, and probably a few other professions tend to use humor, privately, to let go of stress, and to establish bonds with each other. Humor between and among members doing the same job helps them feel that their burdens are shared, and that they are, at least, understood by their peers.

Humor is a survival mechanism, and that's why teachers tell each other so many funny stories. Humor helps with the relative isolation teachers face in their jobs.

Teachers, Here's Some Help:

Below you'll find a number of links to teacher humor. Not all of it is acidic, and we've chosen only material that is safe for work, and devoid of obscenity. Have a laugh. Share with you peers. Stick things up on your staff room walls.

Top : Humor About Teaching and Teachers :

Time to take a break, laugh, and take advantage of teacher related humor to reduce some of your stress. We've selected some of the best stuff online, so enjoy!

Funny Teacher Stories, and Teacher Humor Humor About Teaching and Teachers

#OneTimeinClass: If true, these tweets will make you laugh - by VALERIE STRAUSS
Jimmy Fallon asks teachers to tweet funny teacher stories and here's the result under hashtag #OneTimeInClass (Views So Far 315 )

15 Times Teachers Had The Best Sense Of Humor - by Moira Ghazal
Fifteen crazy, funny things from teachers using humor in the classroom. Complete with the real pictures. (Views So Far 308 )

23 Teachers Reveal The Absolute Worst Parents They've Ever Dealt With - by Chrissy Stockton
These may not be all that funny when you consider what they say about how at least some parents perceive teachers. Or you might find them hilarious. (Views So Far 318 )

28 Hilarious Real-Life Teacher Stories - by Reader's Digest
The best teacher humor comes from real stories and events that have happened. This Reader's Digest piece presents 28 real life funny stories about teaching. (Views So Far 346 )

31 Signs You've Been A Teacher Too Long - by na
Funny stuff about teacher experience along with some great, perhaps fake pictures. (Views So Far 289 )

50 Strange Things Teachers Say - by Brandi Jordan
Teachers were asked about some of the strangest things they've said in classrooms. Here's a list of 50, and strange they are, and also very funny, at least most of them. (Views So Far 310 )