How Long Have You Been Teaching?

How long have you been teaching? Too long? Not long enough? Ready to retire?

Here’s a test to help you answer those questions. Simply respond yes or no to each item. An analysis of your score appears at the end of the test.

1. Do you murmur “no cuts” when a shopper squeezes ahead of you in a check out line?

2. Do you move your dinner partner’s glass away from the edge of the table?

3. Do you ask if anyone needs to go to the bathroom as you enter a theater with a group of friends?

4. Do you hand a tissue to anyone who sneezes?

5. Do you refer to “snack time” instead of “happy hour”?

6. Do you ask guests if they have remembered their scarves and gloves as they leave your home?

7. Do you say, “I like the way you did that?” to the mechanic who repairs your car?

8. Do you say, “Are you sure you did your best?” to the mechanic who fails to repair¬† your car?

9. Do you sing the Alphabet Song to your-self as you look up a number in the phone book?

10. Do you say everything twice? I mean, do you repeat everything?

11. Do you fold your spouse’s fingers over the coins as you hand him/her the money at the tollbooth?

12. Do you ask a quiet person at a party if he has something to share with the group?

If you answered yes to more than half of them you are probably beginning to think about retirement.

If you answered yes to more than ten, you’ll always be a teacher, retired or not.

Credit to Nancy Whitelaw



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