It Drives Me Crazy When…

…students come to class unorganized or unprepared. Maybe I should be better prepared to supply each of you with a new sharpened pencil every day, huh? Please. 

…the Internet browser takes forever to load the webpage. I know, I know. I’m impatient when it comes to technology.

…kids are blatantly disrespectful to adults, and adults are disrespectful to kids. No need for that.

…greedy politicians and/or corporations dictate any part of our nation’s system of education. I hope, by now, we have all witnessed how well that works out. (Spoiler Alert: It doesn’t.) 

…any person, young or old, litters. On my way to work yesterday, I saw a lady roll down her window and unleash a fist-full of junk onto the freeway. Seriously? I wish I would’ve known about the NCDOT’s Swat-A-Litterbug education program before then, because I would have happily reported her on the spot! (For more information on the Swat-A-Litterbug program, click here.)

…my students don’t recognize their potential.

…I am forced to interact with inconsiderate people. What defines an inconsiderate person? Well, according to That Math Lady, he or she is “a person who routinely acts or speaks before thinking about how the consequences of their actions or words will impact others.” 

…my clothes have static cling. 

…anyone acts arrogantly. Major turn-off. A little more modesty and humility will make this world a much better place.

…I realize, for the first time, that a friend or colleague has less integrity than I originally gave them credit for. Disappointing.

…there aren’t enough hours in the day to get all of my goals or tasks completed. Hence, the birth and rebirth of my never-ending To Do List. 

…I get addicted to social media, like Facebook. Why can’t I quit you, FB?

…adults use extremely poor grammar. I’m okay with a few common grammatically-incorrect phrases; for example, as you may have noticed, I don’t cringe when a sentence ends in a preposition. I rarely correct people (I’m definitely not perfect, so who am I to call out others?), but it still drives me crazy. (Hint: “could have” and “could of” are not the same.)


What drives YOU crazy? Do you share any of these same pet peeves? Share with me on Twitter, @thatmathlady, or in a comment below! 


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