Were you weirded out by seeing your teachers outside of school

@megamatt (14332)
United States
July 23, 2011 4:59pm CST
I do admit when I was younger, it was kind of a surreal experience, but it didn't really bug me all that much as I had gotten older. Still when you're a small child, it does seem weird that your teachers are people who exist outside of the school. I don't know why, maybe we thought that they put into a glass case and only were let out for the express purpose of teaching the class. The silly things we might have thought as children about our teachers. Still there were times where we saw our teachers at the store or wherever, and it was surreal for many I'm sure. We learned later that teachers were no different than us later on but when we were children, that was quite weird to see them outside of the classroom.
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• United States
25 Jul 11
My hometown is very small and it is very normal to see teachers outside of class over there. Sometimes they are caught shopping or in the park playing with their children. But just as you said, something happens inside when we see them in that position. I suppose once we start seeing them everyday in the class we tend to imagine them as just always teaching. So we might get little shocked to find them elsewhere. I went through this. Most often I tried to avoid them by hiding somewhere. I am not sure why I did that. Perhaps, I had fear that they would make a comment about why I was there.
@ladym33 (11009)
• United States
24 Jul 11
I always thought it was so cool. I would get really excited about it. Now we live in a suburb and most of the teachers live in the area, I see my kid's teachers and ex teachers out and about all the time. I even saw the principal of the elementary school at Old Country Buffet once, that made my kids kind of nervous and they kept staring at him.
@megamatt (14332)
• United States
25 Jul 11
I'm sure a lot of children are going to be a bit on edge. Even if they do not do anything wrong, its just something about people in positions of power from the school that makes a lot of children extremely nervous. Now a days, it is rather interesting to run into a teacher that I knew from way back in the day. Sometimes they don't remember me, but you know given the number of students they teach, it is to be expected. Thanks for responding. Its appreciated. Have a nice day.
• Philippines
24 Jul 11
I think I had this experience once when we saw our grade school teacher with her foreign boyfriend. We spied on the couple since it was very usual to see a foreigner in our area. Then, with our innocent minds, we saw our teacher kissing the foreign guy. We were all in shock and we never saw our teacher in the same light again. We never did tell any of our classmates since we could be accused of making up a story but that was the breaking of reality for me as student. I mean, it was weird for a kid to see her beloved and oh-so-sweet teacher in romantic action. By time, I stepped into the higher levels, I realized that teachers actually have lives outside the classroom. Perhaps as students we never bothered to know. We only cared about our lives and we did take our teachers for granted. I did some growing part and in the course of my studying, I saw more of my teachers as mature friends. I never did fit in within my age bracket and I find more sense and more quality conversation with my professors compared to the rest of my classmates. I have my own set of friends, but I ran to my favorite prof when I need serious advice. In return, I give him dating advice. I don;t think my classmates would believe if I told them.
@megamatt (14332)
• United States
25 Jul 11
I think that we do tend to have a little narrow world view when we are younger. Therefore when we really see our teachers a lot of the time, outside of the classroom settings, it is a real shock to the system. In the end, we slowly come to the realization that teachers are not that much different than any other people we know. They do have problems as well and also I did learn that they get stressed out by the demands of the administration as well, much like we tend to get stressed out like the work that the teachers have assigned us. Thanks for responding. Its appreciated. Have a nice day.
@pringu (151)
• India
24 Jul 11
Hi mega, you did ask something that most people, especially mischievious ones, would have had a fear in their minds in their childhood days. Actually i was such a naughty boy in my childhoods and for sure i never enjoyed seeing or visiting my teachers somewhere outside since, i always feared that they would tell something not good about me to my parents! But as i grew up and got matured enough, i was the one who used to go and see them whenever i could get a chance for that. :)
@megamatt (14332)
• United States
25 Jul 11
I'm sure that is a fear of many people for sure. A lot of the time, their exploits at school, unless it was something that was grossly out of the ordinary, would not reach the ears of their parents. There are going to be a lot of times where children fear that their teachers would start talking. It is a fear that tends to disappear a lot of the time when people age, but it is going to really going to be a sticking point when we are younger. Thanks for responding. Its appreciated. Have a nice day.
• United States
24 Jul 11
Yes when I was younger I felt like what is he or she doing here, almost as if it was not normal to see a teacher off of school grounds. Now as an adult I would not mind at all as of course I understand they now have lives. But I do remember as a child in a park festival and seeing my teacher there enjoying himself I thought it was odd. lol
@megamatt (14332)
• United States
25 Jul 11
I think that it is a rather hard concept to understand as a child. Yet when we really understand later on that they have real lives. They are really no different. To many of them, teaching is just a job to put food on their table and there is really no shame in that a lot of the time. Often times, they are far more intimidating as younger and distant, but they become slightly more put on a common ground when we get closer to age. Thanks for responding. Its appreciated. Have a nice day.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
23 Jul 11
I didn't mind bumping into one of my teachers outside of school. it was just a little awkward if i was with some friends. It would be hard to know what to do or say that wouldn;t be embarrassing to anyone.
@megamatt (14332)
• United States
23 Jul 11
Friends, yeah that could be awkward a lot of the time. Of course, I just wonder what happened when one of our teachers had bumped into us, what they thought. I'm almost certain that a lot of them really were about as disturbed as well might have been some of the time. If for nothing else for the fact that they might have had their fill of us. Thanks for responding. Its appreciated. Have a nice day.