Teacher Tip #1: How to get your teacher discount when you forgot your teacher ID

I’m a bit forgetful at times. Especially when I plan to go shopping. I sometimes forget my wallet, I rarely remember those damn canvas bags that are sitting in my front closet, and I always, always forget my teacher ID. So, I’ve had to come up with a strategy to convince that stubborn sales clerk to give me my hard-earned teacher discount (yeah, I’m talking about the 2% off at the bookstore or whatever).

I just offer to tell them a few teacher stories. You know the ones. The ones that keep you up at night. The ones that you pull out of your pocket at family reunions. The tales of craziness that no author could ever imagine and set to paper.

Works every time. Do you want your receipt with you or in the bag?


I have a unique perspective on teaching. As a young guy, I still have that “world is my oyster” perspective on life, so I am more than willing to try new things in the pursuit of happiness. I have always been a naturally happy person and don’t shy away from trying to make others see that it’s easy to be happy! Thus, the blog you’re reading. The main impetus for actually putting all the work in to getting this blog up and running? A coworker stopped me in the hall one day and actually reprimanded me for being so smiley all the time. They actually said that I shouldn’t be so happy as a teacher! My response? Screw that! I SHOULD be happy. I now smile at that coworker EVERY time I see them…and usually say something like, “Isn’t this such great day to be a teacher?!” They don’t usually smile back… Don’t be like them.

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