About Alice Trosclair

Alice has been teaching for fourteen years. She currently teaches English I, English III, English Language and Composition AP, and English Literature and Composition AP. She lives with her husband and son in south Louisiana. She also has hundreds of "adopted" children.

People go above and beyond for their jobs every day, but I am willing to bet teachers are the BEST at doing absolutely EVERYTHING they possibly can to make to make their jobs work. Sometimes we may come across as a little nutty, but it is because we are absolutely devoted to our jobs. I mean, why else would we teach? Sanity is overrated. Here are a few times that I looked a little crazy in the line of teaching…

1. I wear all black on test days, but that is not the worst of it. I have three preps, and I laugh at my students trying to figure out if theirs is the class with the test.

2. I hoard school supplies. (It’s not an exaggeration)

3. I have twenty different mugs from various students over the years but only drink out of the one I bought the day I first started teaching.

4. Speaking of coffee, each of my classes has a student that knows how to make my coffee, and I send them to the office to make it for me.

5. I am covered in various shades of pens and expo markers.

6. I have literally pushed my husband away when it tried to kiss me on school campus because I have to be an example.

I am covered in various shades of pens and expo markers. Click To Tweet

7. My entire wardrobe is school colors, and everything is too big because I teach teenagers.

8. I have at least three different pairs of shoes in my room: Flip-flops to teach in, black ballet shoes in case of observation, and heels in case someone from the central office or school board appears on campus.

9. I have stood in ice for thirty minutes for the coolest teacher award because I refused to lose to a coach.

10. I use slang terms at completely inappropriate times.

11. I have kicked and cussed the copy machine once or twice. Okay, at least seven… this school year.

12. I take notes at the faculty meetings because if I don’t, I will drift off into wonderland.

13. I had trouble naming my son because I did not want to name him after a student I taught and by the time I had him I taught at least 500 students. It was an intense time in my household.

14. I can recite “The Raven” from memory.

15. I still cry at the endings of The Great Gatsby and The Crucible even though I have taught each of them at least twenty times.

16. I turn off my lights, lock the door of my classroom, and hide under my desk so I can have fifteen minutes of peace while I read a book by flashlight.

17. Once one of my homecoming girls broke a heel as they were walking to be presented so, I gave her my shoes, and I had to walk on the track, barefooted in front of the entire football stadium.

18. I have been kicked out of a home improvement store for taking too many paint chips. ( I use them for various projects besides they are free…)

19. I have shredded a stack of papers that had no name on them in front of my students to teach a lesson. (The papers were from the year before, but every paper after that had a name on it).

20. If students “shoot” paper in my class, I take off five points if they make it and ten points of they miss it.

21. I practice my lessons in the car on the way to school. Yes, I lecture to myself.

22. I have to consciously think about what I am going to say to make sure it cannot be twisted into some perverted way. Again, teenagers. Sigh*

23. I always look like a “hot mess.” My hair is wild, mascara is smeared, I have non-existent lipstick, my clothes may or may not match and have one or two coffee stains. If I am dressed up, my students assume something is wrong- I mean shouldn’t that be switched?

I love my job, and I love that I can act crazy. Not everyone can act over the top every day, so I take complete advantage of it. Remember not everyone has the chance to do what they love. Act crazy, goofy and ga-ga over your career; the kids will love you for it, and it is all about them.

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