A couple days ago at school, I was terribly inconvenienced by ... something, and being me, I had to share the love with my long-suffering coworker. (By way of an aside, I feel as close to my teaching team members as family. I am the older sister they never wanted.) Anywhat, I grumped to my colleague about whatever it was that annoyed me for that nanosecond, and he responded with, "Wow, that's a first-world problem." This got me thinking: If RFML can have a Mommyland edition of first-world problems, well, by gosh, so can teachers! Here's what I've come up with so far:
I hate having a first-period class to teach, because my coffee gets cold by the end of the class.
Ohhh, no, not THAT copier - that one leaves a faint line across the bottom of every page!
The on-line calendar doesn't automatically update itself. I have to click on a bunch of links and do it myself.
The hallway smells like lunch, and they never cook anything good.
There's no automatic hole-puncher on the copy machine, and a kid broke my heavy-duty hole punch, so now I can hole punch only three copies at a time.
Sometimes I have to get out of my seat to walk across the room and talk to a student.
YouTube doesn't have any interesting videos about this concept, so I'm going to have to figure out how to teach it without a video.
The laptop carts are all signed out for next week, except for the sucky one with the door that sticks.
There's only narrow-lined paper left in the supply closet, and I prefer the wide-lined.
The loudspeaker makes an annoying background buzz when they're reading the announcements.
There's never any good chips in the snack machine now that the school vending machines are all supposed to be 'healthy food only'.
Believe me, I could keep going - but now I think it's time for your turn. Fellow educators, what problems do you have that anyone in the developing world would die to have? Leave your thoughts in the comments (instead of on my FB page) so we can all share!