Discover the delightful and humorous side of education as a couple of teachers recount the endearing roasts they've received from their students.
Students and teachers share a unique bond. And what makes such a dynamic even more playful is when students roast teachers in a lighthearted and entertaining way. Doing so allows students to bond with their teachers and adds a sense of humor to the relationship. It also allows both parties to feel more relaxed and connected. These lighthearted exchanges can build rapport and make education as a whole more enjoyable. u/Effective_Ad_6842 asked teachers in the community, "What's your favorite way you've been roasted by a student?" Here are 10 of the best answers that the community had to provide.
There was a TikTok trend a while ago where students would ask teachers what 3 things they used every day and then tease them for not saying their subject. So, for example, they'd ask the math teacher what 3 things he uses every day and he'd say something like "My shower, my car keys, and my shoes" and the kid would go "I notice you didn't say math!" I was aware of this trend and one of my boys goes "What are 3 things you use every day?" So I said, "Social studies, social studies, and social studies." He just glared at me and said, "You are such a disappointment." I just love the idea of being a disappointment for one- upping the trend. u/Scary-Stranger-9920
Out of the blue, one of my kindergarteners raised her hand to say, “Even though you don’t look very nice today, you’re still special.” u/stressssed. Hah hah!! I taught first grade and a student gave me a hug and said, "You smell like the bus!" I busted out laughing, and she tried to explain that it was a good thing. u/snitterific. I had a student tell me, totally unprompted, something like, "You're as wide from the side as you are from the front. Like a barrel. I'm not saying you're fat, I've just never seen someone that shape before." u/dirtycactus
I am not quick with comebacks, been a lifelong problem. One girl says something bad to me and then says, “And don’t call me at one in the morning when you think of something to say back.” Lmao. u/springvelvet95. I have kids who have my back if they're around lol. One time some kid talked s*** and another kid said, "Mr. CRT Teacher would DESTROY you with a comeback if he wouldn't get in trouble for it" and I was like, "God damned right!" u/CRT_Teacher
I had these two brothers who were real jerks to other students and all of their teachers. I was trying to motivate them to be more serious about their schoolwork. (Yeah, the joke's on me because I taught 6th grade.) Anyway, one of the boys mentioned a very obscure career. Me: "Is that really what you want to do for the rest of your life?" Them: "Is THIS really what you want to do for the rest of your life?" Good question, kid. u/katiecatsweets
I teach art and often play instrumental versions of popular songs during work time. One day I was chatting to my 6th graders about the music I chose and made a joke about having had an emo phase. One kid looked me up and down and went, "Yeah that makes sense." u/spookyspinachhh. Told a student I had tickets to see My Chemical Romance and she said, "Like, on purpose?" I was working with her again recently (about two years from the above comment) and told her how often I tell this story and she said, "Well, no offense, but I stand by that." u/NecessarySweaty4
I'm bald (receding hairline and started shaving about 5 years ago). I teach seniors so I’m a bit more frank with them and towards the end of class, we got on the topic of old fashion trends being new again. I ended up letting slip that I thought the fact that mullets were “in style” again was ridiculous. Something along the lines of “out of all the fashion trends that could’ve been lifted from the 80s, the hairstyle of white trash and meth was what got picked. Some rebuttals, some retorts from me, and then one of the quieter kids in class chimes in. (Mind you, he sat directly in front of me at the time so I couldn’t see the back of his head and the party in the back vs. the business in the front.) “I’m not gonna sit here and be ridiculed for my haircut by someone who can’t even grow hair.” I couldn’t even be mad, all I could say was, “You know what, that’s fair” and thankfully got saved by the bell. u/VonR3sh
When I was student teaching first grade, I pretty much always wore dresses with my hair braided. One day when I didn't, one of the girls asked me, "Why aren't you pretty like always?" This past year, my third graders found out it was my birthday and that I lived alone. One of my students was like, "But Ms.(my name), I can't stop thinking about it. You're going to be all alone!" Like damn, kid. u/phantomkat
I used to teach preschool and a conversation went like this: Girl 1: I have makeup at home! Me: Me too. But I don’t like to wear it. Girl 2: (shocked face) You don’t like looking beautiful!? Okay, I know she was probably told women wear makeup to look “beautiful” so I wasn’t offended. But that was the time a 4-year-old unintentionally roasted me. Oh! Another preschooler told me to “be a tree and leave.” It took me a minute to realize what he was trying to say. u/cinmarcat
I have extremely long hair that I always keep in a ponytail. I was covering indoor recess in a middle school class once (k-8 school that still had recess for middle, yes) and I gave the class a very basic introductory direction like 'Hello, everyone, please sit down.' This 7th grader looks at me and scornfully goes, "Okay, Ponytail." I was so surprised but actually thought it was pretty funny. I replied, "Okay, Jean Jacket." The kid's friends all thought it was absolutely hysterical, they go "ooooo, she got you~" in that middle-schooler way I'm sure you can hear in your head. The kids did everything I asked them to do after that. u/panini_bellini
I usually dress in black or dark-colored clothing. One of the 4th-grade girls had a few of her friends around her and came up to me and said, “So, are you going to another funeral today or do you always wear black because you’re fat?” I laughed SO hard and her face went from smug to confused. I responded, “Because I’m fat! I don’t have enough friends for daily funerals” and I gave her a high five. About 5-6 years later she told me that was the moment she went from not liking me to looking up to me because I laughed with her instead of yelling at her. u/dingydani