Day 4 – The Look

As a teacher in my 26th year, I like to think I have perfected “The Look”. If you are a teacher, especially an elementary or junior high teacher, you know what I am talking about. Heck, if you are a parent, you know what I’m talking about! I am noticing more and more however, that it is quite difficult to effectively employ the teacher death stare while wearing a face mask. Several times today, I attempted the stare, and I realized it just wasn’t working.

Third grade boy: supposed to be reading, but instead connecting his markers to make a light saber.

Teacher: (clears throat) *commence death stare*

Boy: *stares back* *stares back* *stares back*

Teacher: (whispering) “Put. Those. Away.”

Boy: (big sigh) Slowly puts away markers.

So… after that I used the *clear throat/shake head/point to book/computer/task* method. We will see if that works next week. It probably won’t.

4 thoughts on “Day 4 – The Look

  1. I love the whole teacher death stare and I feel your pain now that kids can’t necessarily see all of our facial expressions now. Covid sucks…. in so many ways……

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  2. This made me chuckle. I hadn’t thought about “the look” with a face mask, but it’s true! SO much harder! And impossible over the Internet! I especially love this line: “Third grade boy: supposed to be reading, but instead connecting his markers to make a light saber.”–It’s such a classic moment from a teacher’s day!

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  3. I know what you mean. I teach 7th grade and have noticed that I am working on my “look” eyes. It’s funny I have allergies and with how hard it is to talk with the mask, I am clearing my throat a lot more. The kids who are off task are the first ones to look up when I do.

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