I’m normally a very laid back kind of teacher but there is one thing students do that really annoys me. I try not to show it but it bugs me like I can’t tell you when students eat in the classroom.
I understand that sometimes people have no time to eat between classes, but it is very disruptive and plain annoying to see people use the classroom to have a meal.
For one, we have very small desks that are attached to the chairs. When one spreads an entire meal on the small desk, there is no space left for papers and textbooks. This means that every class related object goes on the floor, Then, I have to jump over piles of books and dictionaries that lie on the floor as I walk around the classroom.
At the same time, you have to remember that I teach Spanish. This means that students have to speak a lot during class. It is very annoying to see a whole group of students sit there in silence, waiting for a conversation partner to bite, chew, and swallow before she can respond to what is being said.
Of course, it also annoys me that I have to stand there uselessly while a student chews when I have 25 people in the classroom and I need to approach every one of them during a class meeting at least three times (that’s the absolute minimum).
And then there is the issue of extraneous smells that mix and make the air in the classroom really disgusting. The classrooms are very stuffy right now because it is hot outside and we still haven’t started the air-conditioning season. It’s one thing when one eats a small piece of chocolate, but there are people who come to class with bowls of soup, pizza slices, and even fried turkey legs.