It was a long Sunday; the majority of which had been spent working on an assessment report for one of my students who was struggling in the classroom. I'd spent all afternoon analyzing data and outlining academic goals.
I'd planned a dinner date for that evening with a brown-haired, handsome man: my reward for a day of hard, unpaid work. We were meeting at Blue Dog, my favorite place to get a burger while hopefully making some sort of connection with whomever sat across the table from me. We met up, exchanged pleasantries, and sat down. As our conversation turned to our careers, I knew instantly the only thing I'd be enjoying on this date was the burger.
As he imparted a running commentary dissecting my job as a resource teacher, I counted the moments until I could return home and never speak to him again. And after reliving this date with many of my teacher friends, we came up with a simple, short list of things to NEVER say to an educator you're out on a date with.