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Teachers Admit What Really Goes On In The Teachers' Lounge

List RulesVote up the most unexpected teachers' lounge happenings.

Amid all the classrooms and miscellaneous janitor closets, one room always held a certain mysterious aura: the teachers' lounge. What goes down in the teachers' lounge largely depends on the school or, in certain cases, the department. Most people - adults and students alike - assume the teachers' lounge strictly sees a lot of photocopying, Tupperware, and venting about nightmare parents.

While those things do occur in the lounge, many teachers of Reddit describe confined and cliquey spaces that feel no different than high school. Plenty of terrible educators use the teachers' lounge to get away with saying all sorts of inappropriate stuff about students and staff alike. According to one teacher, assessing a teachers' lounge beforehand can tell you a lot about the school itself.

When teachers share secrets about the teachers' lounge, you start to see that delinquency is not exclusive to students.

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    Teachers Plot Against "Problem" Students

    From Redditor /u/thisSundog:

    My mother has been a teacher for almost 20 years now, and there was one school she was at where, every week, they would put up a picture of a different kid on the notice board in the teachers' lounge. Now generally this kid would be one of the trouble students, always mouthy, always aggressive, etc. and they told every teacher to give this kid a hard time when they saw them. They found that if every single teacher, over the space of a week, just gave them sh*t about every little thing like uniform, haircut, shoes (this is in Britain so we have full uniforms no matter where you go), lateness, homework, projects, future, gum, everything, that they would be so just beaten down and detention-ed out by the end of the week they'd generally be a lot better - at least for the few following weeks.

    I dunno how effective it actually was though but it sort of explained why sometimes some kids just got a real bad week.

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    334 VOTES

    Nerf This!

    From Redditor /u/bdiap:

    I went to visit some of my old math teachers after I graduated high school. I walked in to their math teacher's lounge and interrupted a Nerf battle.

    Proudest day of my life.

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    Different Lounges Make For Different Scenes

    From Redditor /u/kettlehelm_the_codge:

    At my schools (High School, Texas, 2,500 kids) it depends on the lounge. I know because I make it a point to visit all the lounges from time to time to keep my spy network active and happy.

    Social Studies - all ESPN, all the time. Since I know diddly about sports, I get a kick out of saying "Can you believe the call in the game the other day?" and watching the heated conversation unfold. No one's caught on yet. The coaches are a great source of first line intervention if I have a kid that I can't bring around.

    Math - a sh*tload of b*tching about how dumb kids are and what worksheet they should do next. Seriously, our math teachers suck professionally, personally, and in their relationship building with the kids.

    English - they are all on their Kindles or Nooks. Really. There is minimal socialization and it's damn hard to get a conversation going. Although I did walk in one day and one of them looked at me and said "Kettle, do you know who Jenna Jameson is?" No context was ever given.

    Science (mine): About three conversations at any one time. There's a group at one edge of the big table playing Clash of Clans and offering each other advice. Another group is laughing about silly things the kids have done or said, but there's not that much b*tching about how bad or how dumb they are. Dirty jokes and clean ones too. Sharing of food and once-a-month potlucks. We're pretty positive. There's a sports group, but it's focused on our kids, not major teams. We're loud, profane as sh*t, and generally hilarious. Other teachers come hang out with us when they need a break and administration has learned to knock before entering because they don't want to officially hear what we're saying.

    Special Ed: Not a lot. They're so scattered out that it's rarely more than two people at a time and they just talk about their day, nothing too enthusiastic.

    Theater and band: I come out of there exhausted by how much energy they have, how they can make kids work like no one's business and by the sheer amount of kids they know so much about. They are the best relationship builders ever.

    Secretary's Lounge: This is where I learn everything useful about my school. I always come with gifts: drinks, candy, muffins and never leave without Grade A intelligence. They're savvy and know that's why I'm doing it, but they also know I keep confidences and actively work to make their jobs easier however I can. If I ever run the CIA, the first thing I'll do after having a high-profile affair is bring all my field agents in and send all the secretaries out.

    Janitors and Lunch Ladies: Multiple conversations, multiple languages, always interesting food. I also bring them drinks and candy, and even buy everyone lunch once in a while. Not because I want to use them as spies, but because of all the damned hard work they do. These men and women take care of my building, my room, and my kids. It's not uncommon to see them talking with students from their own ethnic groups and being encouraging and sometimes a little butt kick-ish when needed.

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    108 VOTES

    Never Forget - It's The Teachers' Cafeteria

    From Redditor /u/denialtwister31:

    As the person who has to clean it, apparently daily food fights.

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