A lot of us are still nostalgic for the good old days when the only things we’d have to worry about were getting to class on time and doing our homework. When you finish school, you might start to realize just how awesome some of your teachers were. They’re the authority figures who always put in extra effort when explaining topics to you. They’re the everyday superheroes who’d give you life advice. They’re the artistic souls who would spend hours on colorful signs and charts just to make learning more fun.

Bored Panda has collected a wide variety of informative, supportive, hilarious, and just downright awesome signs that teachers have put up in their classrooms. Scroll down to see the best of the best, and remember to upvote the pics that you liked the most.

Do we have any teachers, professors, or other educators in the crowd tonight? We’d love to hear what tips and tricks you rely on to help your students learn better. You can leave us a comment or two at the bottom of this article, dear Pandas.

Bored Panda wanted to learn more about the role of being an educator, the importance of visual aids, and the secrets to making eye-catching signs, so we reached out to Lisa McLendon from the University of Kansas. Lisa is the William Allen White Professor of Journalism and Mass Communications and the Coordinator at the Bremner Editing Center at KU.

"Visual aids, audio aids, written aids—they’re all good. Presenting information to students in more than one format can help students grasp it more quickly and easily," she told us. Scroll down for our full interview with Lisa.

#1

Anatomy Teacher With His Drawing Lecture On A Chalkboard

Anatomy Teacher With His Drawing Lecture On A Chalkboard

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Natalie
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4 months ago

Wow

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Lisa from the Univesity of Kansas gave Bored Panda some very useful advice on making striking signs for education. "I’m more of a word person than a designer, so I tend to keep signs really simple:

  • High contrast: Dark type/light background.
  • Uncluttered: Nothing there that doesn’t need to be. Just because your program lets you add sparkles, icons, gradient backgrounds, etc. doesn’t mean you should use them.
  • Clear: People read signs at a glance, so use a typeface that is easily readable (many script fonts are hard to read), a size that is large enough, and concise wording."
#2

A Rule My Teacher Made

A Rule My Teacher Made

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MagicalUnicorn
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4 months ago

fair is fair

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My Teacher Had This On The First Day Back From School

My Teacher Had This On The First Day Back From School

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Caro Caro
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4 months ago

This one is very accurate! I remember the feeling and it was aaaaages ago :D

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Bored Panda was also interested in hearing Lisa's opinion about how much educators should go beyond simply teaching the curriculum.

"The best professors engage with their students, demonstrate a love of learning, and support students in their studies and as they launch their careers. For me, this means keeping an eye out for potential internships, staying connected with my own network to keep my skills and connections fresh, writing reference letters, talking with students about career paths and their plans, and generally helping them succeed however I can. Academics have some power to shape students’ futures, but mostly it depends on the students’ own interests and efforts," she said.

Being a teacher or professor is no easy task even in the best of times. But during a global pandemic? Things are harder than ever and some academics are finding it hard to adapt to rapidly-changing rules and regulations.

Teacher Kevin, who has 20 years of experience being an educator and counselor, previously told Bored Panda that the Covid-19 lockdowns have been “very taxing” for a lot of staff. The shift from live to online teaching hasn’t been easy and the older educators especially have generally had a harder time adapting.

 "The older teachers who are not technologically literate simply couldn't keep up," he said.

#4

This Drawing That My History Teacher Did On The Whiteboard

This Drawing That My History Teacher Did On The Whiteboard

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Caro Caro
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4 months ago

History and art! WOW, the teacher has talent,

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#5

One Of The English Teachers At My Highschool Put This In The Hall Outside Her Door

One Of The English Teachers At My Highschool Put This In The Hall Outside Her Door

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4 months ago

Just moove out of the hallway.

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#6

Chemistry Teacher Made Their Classroom Ceiling The Elements

Chemistry Teacher Made Their Classroom Ceiling The Elements

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Andy Acceber
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4 months ago

As someone who frequently stared off into space during chemistry class, this probably would have educated me a lot.

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"Although I can use tech well, building and maintaining open lines of communication with students is surprisingly difficult. Students are less comfortable writing an e-mail for help than asking in person. Covid will dramatically change how we teach, which will include more online options moving forward,” the teacher told Bored Panda.

It’s not just visual queues and gorgeous charts that can help students learn. According to teacher Kevin, music can be a great tool as well. It helps students focus and gets them in the right mood for learning.

#7

This Sign At An Elementary School Art Classroom

This Sign At An Elementary School Art Classroom

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heidi hunt
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4 months ago

Wonderful message

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One Of The Teacher's At My New Zealand School Drawing

One Of The Teacher's At My New Zealand School Drawing

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heidi hunt
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4 months ago

Wow beautiful

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Found In A High School Science Classroom

Found In A High School Science Classroom

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"Music is a highly undervalued tool. Plan to attempt some data collection on whether music can help certain students during specific tasks. Playing remixes of the same song during the entirety of a week's lesson, then allowing students to listen to that soundtrack during test-taking has potential,” he wanted to share some of his wisdom with everyone.

#10

These Posters In My Math Teacher's Classroom

These Posters In My Math Teacher's Classroom

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Yvonne Dauwalder Balsiger
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4 months ago

That "How to do math" is killing me.... Now with enough distance it's fn hilarious 🤣🤣🤣🤣

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#11

Special Needs Teachers Put This Up Today

Special Needs Teachers Put This Up Today

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Lovin' Life
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4 months ago

Love this to the moon and back!

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Recently Found This In The Language Corridor Of My School, Hope You Enjoy

Recently Found This In The Language Corridor Of My School, Hope You Enjoy

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4 months ago

Bitch, please - I am that Scottish person talking fast. We are invincible

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"New educators need empathy and emotional intelligence over topic mastery. I truly believe the best teachers are the ones who can empathize best with their students, as they can understand how a student made a mistake, and how to fix it. Students are extremely stressed, and making the work more difficult does not equal a better education. Collaborate to make reasonable goals," the educator said that support and being able to relate to students are key.

#13

This Is The Sign Hanging On The Piano In My School's Band Room

This Is The Sign Hanging On The Piano In My School's Band Room

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Auntriarch
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4 months ago

Snort-laugh!

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Found In My Local Elementary School

Found In My Local Elementary School

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karla Meixnerová
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4 months ago

This should be not only in every school, but at every work, public places etc. In every country. Just everywhere.

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#15

Found Out My Kid Had This On His School Classroom Wall All Year

Found Out My Kid Had This On His School Classroom Wall All Year

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4 months ago

His reputation resonates throughout.

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Meanwhile, an educator’s role isn’t limited to imparting knowledge just within the confines of the school, either. Primary school teachers Tom Rose and Jack Parnnett from the United Kingdom shared with Bored Panda just how hectic things can get when you go on a class trip. No number of quality signs that you make in advance can really teach your class to be calm, quiet, and orderly throughout the excursion.

"School trips are very challenging, especially for newer teachers, because of the constant changing of locations or 'transitions' as teachers usually refer to them as," they told Bored Panda.

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My Econ Teacher Has This In His Room

My Econ Teacher Has This In His Room

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KJ
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4 months ago

Poor Pluto

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#17

This Elementary School Super Bowl Chart Has A Column For "Not My Thing"

This Elementary School Super Bowl Chart Has A Column For "Not My Thing"

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Andy Acceber
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4 months ago

I like how it's the overwhelming majority, too.

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#18

Most Of The Adults Also Need To Learn How To Apologize

Most Of The Adults Also Need To Learn How To Apologize

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4 months ago

In case anyone asks: These are not options. This is the order/process in which you apologize sincerely.

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"Many teachers fear PE for the same basic reason, which is: not having a safe confined space to teach (as they are used to when they are in a classroom). The extra pressure of trying to impress the parent/carer helpers is another thing that gets in the way of many teachers doing their job too, which is again much more obvious with less experienced teachers," the teachers explained just how challenging leaving the classroom with your students can be.

"Beyond the transitions and dealing with the other adult help, you then have to deal with the many unexpected things that crop up along the way, such as the transport issues, sudden changes of weather, stumbling across a bee's nest (that was Tom in Bushy Park) amongst many other potentials," they shared.

#19

Walked Into My Classroom And Saw This

Walked Into My Classroom And Saw This

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Jo Choto
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4 months ago

Took me a minute....

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Classroom Door

Classroom Door

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KJ
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4 months ago

Why is kill censored? Weird.

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#21

Found This At My School

Found This At My School

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Ember
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4 months ago

This is a great idea to teach kids to use social media responsibly

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According to the British teachers, educators ought to try and go on the trip alone to rehearse for the real school trip. Preparation and repetition are powerful tools in an educator’s arsenal.

"If that’s not possible, then talk to someone else who's done the trip before and/or complete the route via Google street view. This then informs your plan and your 'risk assessment' which is a document that contains all of the potential hazards and problems that you could incur ranging from walking near dogs on a lead to losing a child at a train station,” Tom and Jack said.

#22

This Sign In My Kid’s Elementary School Fills Me With Nihilistic Joy

This Sign In My Kid’s Elementary School Fills Me With Nihilistic Joy

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Hermione
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4 months ago

There is yet another day to finish this...

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#23

My Friend Who Is A Music Teacher Has This Hanging Up In Her Classroom

My Friend Who Is A Music Teacher Has This Hanging Up In Her Classroom

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Katherine Boag
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4 months ago

Wouldn't mind a lil Han Duet...

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A Sign In My School Today

A Sign In My School Today

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BorPand8
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4 months ago

So 94 years...

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"Planning a trip is one thing, but having backup options if things go wrong is another that requires composure—‘box breathing’ is our ‘go-to’ method if we are stressed and want to calm down. Box breathing is a practice where you breathe in for 4 seconds, hold breath for 4 seconds, breathe out for 4 seconds, hold for 4 seconds and repeat until your heart rate slows down," they offered advice on how to calm down if you get overwhelmed.

The teachers told Bored Panda that educators should be aware of which of their students might need more management than others before starting the trip. Some kids will naturally act out more when they find themselves in new surroundings and will challenge their teachers.

#25

The "F" Fell Off The Food Lab Sign At School. They're Making The Best Of It

The "F" Fell Off The Food Lab Sign At School. They're Making The Best Of It

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4 months ago

Doctor Who 😍

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#26

My Cousin Is A Preschool Teacher And Asked Her Students To Suggest Names For The Baby She Is Expecting. It Went Well

My Cousin Is A Preschool Teacher And Asked Her Students To Suggest Names For The Baby She Is Expecting. It Went Well

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4 months ago

Potato is very impactful, starchy.

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#27

Anti-Smoking Campaign Poster I Found In My History Teacher's Classroom

Anti-Smoking Campaign Poster I Found In My History Teacher's Classroom

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Sasha
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4 months ago

I saw a similar on at my respiratory docs office lol

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Tom and Jack advised their fellow teachers to always allocate more time to each step of the trip than they think they’ll need. What’s more, they should reach out to their coworkers for advice. Something else to keep in mind is that students’ parents gossip quite a bit, so it’s important to be diplomatic when briefing them if they’re joining the class trip.

#28

There's About Three Of These Signs Around My Bio Lab Classroom

There's About Three Of These Signs Around My Bio Lab Classroom

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Mia Jensen
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4 months ago

I need a teacher like this.

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#29

Found This Outside Of The Physics Classroom Today

Found This Outside Of The Physics Classroom Today

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James016
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4 months ago

Why is Dead censored?

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I’m A Public School Teacher. Walked In To Find This Sign In Our Bathroom

I’m A Public School Teacher. Walked In To Find This Sign In Our Bathroom

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Brian Bennett
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4 months ago

That has to be a teachers bathroom, a plant and furniture scarf!

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The teacher duo also advised their fellow educators to focus on themselves. Educators have an instinct to take care of everyone else and forget their own needs, so they need reminding that they’re important, too. Getting enough sleep, remembering to pack a lunch for yourself, scheduling some time off for after the trip—these are all things that they need to remember.

#31

My School's Bathroom Has A New "Wash Your Hands" Sign

My School's Bathroom Has A New "Wash Your Hands" Sign

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Caro Caro
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4 months ago

Crotch contamination ?

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#32

I Teach For An Academy In South Korea And This Is The New Sign Outside The Art Room

I Teach For An Academy In South Korea And This Is The New Sign Outside The Art Room

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Brian Bennett
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4 months ago

My happy accidents should look so good!

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Found In My Physics Teacher's Room

Found In My Physics Teacher's Room

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Ylva
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4 months ago

I have that too!😂

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A Picture I Found In A Classroom At Work

A Picture I Found In A Classroom At Work

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4 months ago

Thay?

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#35

My English Teacher Is Also A Gamer

My English Teacher Is Also A Gamer

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4 months ago

Which is more noble?

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#36

The Bold Letters On My Teacher's Innocent Posters Spell Out Her True Message

The Bold Letters On My Teacher's Innocent Posters Spell Out Her True Message

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heidi hunt
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4 months ago

Sneaky

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#37

Guide To Dating An Undated World Map - Posted On My Professor's Door

Guide To Dating An Undated World Map - Posted On My Professor's Door

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James016
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4 months ago

XKCD!

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#38

This Sign At My School

This Sign At My School

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Navindu Wijewardena
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4 months ago (edited)

sounds like Skulduggery Pleasant... after all, doors are for people with no imagination

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#39

In A Classroom In Chicago

In A Classroom In Chicago

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Jo Choto
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4 months ago

I really don't like this. I would prefer statements that are positive, rather than reminding everyone of all the horrible things people say about them.

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#40

The Graphics Teacher In College Knows What's Going On

The Graphics Teacher In College Knows What's Going On

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Alicia Gee
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4 months ago

Or boy.

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#41

My Friend Is A Secondary School Teacher And Stuck This To The Wall Of His Classroom

My Friend Is A Secondary School Teacher And Stuck This To The Wall Of His Classroom

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Ka Se
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4 months ago

I would fail every instruction. I love spoilers.

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#42

I See Your Pharrell Sign, And Raise You This Sign I Have Hanging Outside My Elementary Classroom

I See Your Pharrell Sign, And Raise You This Sign I Have Hanging Outside My Elementary Classroom

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Autumn
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4 months ago

The snow glows white on the mountain tonight, not a footprint to be seen….

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#43

Someone Removed The Don't From The Sign In The Classroom

Someone Removed The Don't From The Sign In The Classroom

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Buren
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4 months ago

Don't underestimate the ability to calmly give up.

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#44

The Poster In My Teacher's Classroom

The Poster In My Teacher's Classroom

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adiiantryx
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4 months ago

it is folly.

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#45

The Corona Rule Signs At Our School Are The Best

The Corona Rule Signs At Our School Are The Best

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Brian Bennett
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4 months ago

Kinda like hostage wars!

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#46

Heisenberg Aka Walter White Added To The List Of Famous Scientists. Somewhere In India. Pretty Sure They Googled Heisenberg And Found This Image

Heisenberg Aka Walter White Added To The List Of Famous Scientists. Somewhere In India. Pretty Sure They Googled Heisenberg And Found This Image

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4 months ago

i mean...

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#47

Rhythm Of The Pandemic (Courtesy Of My High School Choir Director)

Rhythm Of The Pandemic (Courtesy Of My High School Choir Director)

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Sarah
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4 months ago

The fermata over 'help' xD

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#48

This Is Hanging In My Son's World History Classroom. This Is Why I Pay For Private High School

This Is Hanging In My Son's World History Classroom. This Is Why I Pay For Private High School

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Katherine Boag
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4 months ago

Wu tang clan

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#49

At A Local Elementary School

At A Local Elementary School

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4 months ago

Thank you

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#50

The Sign In My Co-Worker's 2nd Grade Classroom

The Sign In My Co-Worker's 2nd Grade Classroom

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MerrRyck
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4 months ago

Who wrote it first?

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