20 Teachers Share The Most Embarrassing Moments Of Their Career

First Day Ice Breaker

First Day Ice Breaker

First day of school, in my first year teaching, I was sitting on a desk and going over the syllabus. The desk tipped out from under me, resulting in me falling off. I teach high school theater and since it was the first day of class, the kids were dead silent. So I said, "guys.. Laugh! That was hysterical!" and they burst into laughter. What a way to break the ice.

- Hillosaurusrex

Drug Money

Drug Money

The most embarrassing thing I said was during student teaching. I used to have a terrible habit of blurting out the same response to certain questions/statements. Things like "YOU'RE dumb" in response to "that's dumb,". But I kept it in check while I was in school.

Except this time. One day a kid asked me where my jacket was and I said what I always said when someone asked me where something was- "I sold it for drug money." I felt like an idiot as soon as it came out of my mouth.

- thediscobison



Bombshell69

Bombshell69

Something somewhat similar, but incredibly smoothly handled happened during the first lecture on economics at University.

Prof stood on the little stage thing in the huge 1500 ppl. auditorium. All went well, but after like half the class there is a large popup on his presentation, some kind of apple play or bluetooth pairing thingy, that says:

"Bombshell69 wants to connect"

Many people start laughing.

Prof looks bewildered for a second, hits decline, disables something in the settings, then looks up, smiles, and says "maybe we should connect after the lecture...."

Brief academic applause from the whole room follows.

- youRFate

Tobacco? No.

Tobacco? No.

Once when I was still subbing, I covered a health class for high school freshmen. The teacher had me play a video about the dangers of smoking.

One of the kids asked, "Mister, you ever smoked?"

Without thinking, I said, "Tobacco? No."

-rigel899



Two Balls

Two Balls

Most of my embarrassing moments happen when I'm teaching P.E. because I never catch potential sexual innuendos ahead of time while I am teaching.

"Ok, now everyone grab your two balls and hang onto them"

"If you don't put it in right now you are out of the game"

"You can swallow it or spit it out, your choice" (gum)

And on and on. I usually only notice when the class starts giggling, and then I have to pretend that I don't know why they are.

- thisisultimate

She Gives Good...

She Gives Good...

We were discussing love at first sight as we read Romeo and Juliet in a ninth grade class. I asked them how much looks matter. They agreed looks matter a lot. I meant to say, "You don't normally look across the mall and say, 'Wow, I bet she's got a good personality.'"

I actually said, "You don't normally look across the mall and say, 'Wow, I bet she gives good personality.'"

Clearly not what I should have said.

- Teachhimandher



Back and Forth

Back and Forth

I was showing a class of 8th graders how to make something out of clay and as I was demonstrating I said, "Now slap your balls back and forth in your hands."

I mean, I taught middle-schoolers so my embarrassment never lasts, but lordy, did that that turn my face red.

- belindatookus

Light Blue Jeans

Light Blue Jeans

When I was a TA in university I used the washroom just before a lab started. Normally, I don't have any issues. This time I let out 2 drops after I zipped up. I also happened to be wearing light blue jeans. There was no way I could dry this in time and it was important I was there on time. There were about 20 first year students and they definitely noticed. I was the TA who peed himself.

- GoingtotheJym



The Neti Pot

The Neti Pot

This one's my mom's story. She has a lot of allergies, so for a while she was using a neti pot every morning (one of those new agey things where you rinse your sinuses with salt water). One day during her first period class, I think sophomore Spanish, a kid asks for help with a worksheet. So my mom walks over to his desk, bends over... and water pours out of her nose all over his paper, ruining the sheet. I guess you have to tip your head just right to get all the water out. She hasn't done the neti pot since then.

- Tawny_Frogmouth

Confusing and Concerning

Confusing and Concerning

Not so much embarrassing as confusing and concerning, but while I was student teaching last semester I was on the sidelines as the students were doing a quiz or something and accidentally said the 'f-word' under my breath. A student who was walking by heard me so I started apologizing profusely, to which they responded "That's okay. That's not even the worst thing I've heard you say." I have no idea what I said and they would not give me any other details. I still think about it sometimes.

- Hopscotchwashere



Another Hole Picture

Another Hole Picture

Teacher had a smartboard. Was teaching lesson, finished, sat down. Forgot his computer was still hooked up and went to his email, opened a chat, and began to ask whoever it was for ' another hole picture.'

He got fired two years later for something else.

- playground94

Flying Pink

Flying Pink

I'm a PE teacher at an elementary school. We were in the middle of a gymnastics unit and I was demonstrating a forward roll for a 3rd grade class. When I flipped, I saw something pink fly out of my pants leg....it was a pair of my daughters underwear that must have clung to the inside of my pants when I got them out of the dryer. I picked them up before any of them really noticed exactly what they were.

- Bjw2nf



Probably Not Her Best Moment

Probably Not Her Best Moment

I'm currently a teacher, but my favorite embarrassing teacher story originates with my cousin, who taught middle school.

She had recently had a baby and was breast feeding, so she pumped at school on her breaks. One day during her planning period, she shut her classroom door and covered the window so she could pump. While she has one of her boobs flopped out of her shirt she felt the urge to fart, so she just let one rip.

That's when she heard a muffled sound from the back of the classroom. She had completely forgotten about one of her male students staying in the room through recess to finish a test.

She said she apologized profusely but the poor boy refused to look her in the eye or speak and he didn't for the rest of the year.

- squirmdragon

Of Mice And Men

Of Mice And Men

Recently I said "penis" instead of "pieces" while reading Of Mice and Men aloud to a class of 9th grade boys. I work at a Catholic school.

One kid's response was simply, "Niiiiice."

- casualcass



There's A Fart Coming

There's A Fart Coming

I'm a professor at a university, and I know this doesn't exactly answer the question, but 5 minutes ago I let my class go 30 minutes early because I felt a huge fart coming.

- Zazilium

Toot A Low B

Toot A Low B

In band rehearsal once, I accidentally passed gas.

One of my tuba players nearby heard it and tooted a low Bb on the tuba, matching pitch. We both just looked at each other and laughed.

- Back2Bach



When We Began Paying Attention...

When We Began Paying Attention...

I had a math professor who would come into class everyday and start writing on the board. He'd get right into it everyday go the whole lesson without stopping. He had a bad gas problem and would fart while teaching sometimes loud sometimes soft. I didn't know who it was at first me and my buddy would sit in the back and giggle. Once we started failing the class we started sitting in the front and paying attention.

And that's when we found out it was our teacher. He'd fart and just keep going with out skipping a beat. On his part it's probably the best way to handle the situation, but there was some times I had to leave class because I started laughing so hard.

- Dyngus_Helwig

The D

The D

I had a group of lazy AP kids a few years ago and at progress report time, about 2/3 were failing. I read them the riot act explaining that I wouldn't round up their grades at the end of the quarter to a D- just so they'd pass. I kept saying, "I'm not going to just give you the D, you need to earn the D". The kids held out the first two times I said it, but the third they started giggling and I heard it and we all laughed to the point of crying. Ugh. It was worse than the time I said I was going to Netflix and chill with my cat one weekend because I didn't know what that meant yet. I'm a woman in my early 30's.

- MissHapp



Waiting In Purgatory

Waiting In Purgatory

As a camp counselor I was kind of absentminded when the kids were telling me stories one day. One told me that he had fainted once from heat stroke. While listening I was thinking out loud and said, "what if you actually died that day and we're all actually just waiting in purgatory?"

There was an awkward silence and the boy said, "Ms. Mae, I don't like that."

- BeMoreLikeMae1

Blow My Brains Out

Blow My Brains Out

My nose was super clogged from a head cold, and I hate blowing my nose in front of my students. I have a closet in the back of the room that I escape to to release some of the pressure. At home, my husband and I joke that when I blow my nose it feels like parts of my brain are coming out too from all the pressure release. One thing lead to another, and I casually mentioned I was heading to the closet to "blow my brains out". The students were understandably concerned.

- kinda_bored