Teachers are unsung heroes: they spend all day filling students’ minds with knowledge and all night grading papers. But there’s something else that teachers tend to do—they lean against desks in very bizarre and seemingly (un)comfortable ways.

Well, Twitter user Karla_villegas wanted to share this interesting feature with the world, so she posted a photo of her old geometry teacher leaning on a desk with his legs in a peculiar position. Twitter loved the photo, Karla’s thread went viral, and other people started sharing pics of their own teachers leaning.

Scroll down, upvote your fave leaning-teacher photos, and let us know in the comments if your teachers acted the same way, dear Pandas!

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NavyDave
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2 months ago

I'm surprised no one has made any jokes about him being a geometry teacher yet.

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Lsai Aeon
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2 months ago

Either he's stretching his back or REALLY has to poo.

postboredom
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2 months ago

yo, what?

Isabella Vega
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2 months ago

Da noodle

Kimberley Thomas
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2 months ago

I think he's following the advice of when it comes to scared pets and toddlers. Bend down to their level.

kjorn
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2 months ago

he need stretching

Dragonfruit'nrollerskates
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2 months ago

the look on the girls face accurately sums it up

JessG
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2 months ago

Both girls are looking down tho...

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Cybele Spanjaard
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2 months ago

Just hangin'

Jaimee Christinat
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2 months ago

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Wolfstar
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2 months ago

he be michael jackson

teeshy hedding
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2 months ago

why does everyone in the class seem like this is just normal

Demongrrrrl
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2 months ago

Maybe it is. No way to know when he first did this.

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NanZ
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2 months ago

Where are the masks?

jaysko
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2 months ago

It says their "old" English teacher.... aka prob not within the past 6 months

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Soodney
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2 months ago

S N A K E

Darth Vader
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2 months ago

This is great!

Darwinist
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2 months ago

How does he do that?

deanna woods
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2 months ago

This would make me very uncomfortable.

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Dragonfruit'nrollerskates
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2 months ago

My Spanish teacher did that last year eurh

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Karla’s thread had a whopping 378.6k likes at the time of writing and more than 28.5k people retweeted it. The amount of attention the post got just goes to show that more teachers tend to act the same way than we realized!

But why do teachers lean like this? One explanation could be that desks are positioned at a weird height and teachers have no other choice but to lean like they’re in the middle of a ballet warm-up. Another reason could be back pain.

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Monday
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2 months ago

This is actually a lot more comfortable than it looks

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Brandy Johnston
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2 months ago

Sometimes I have to do that to stretch my legs out. After 2 back surgeries I cannot sit for long periods. And that stretch feels soooo good.

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Dragonfruit'nrollerskates
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2 months ago

Are those legs or the forward button

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Teachers spend extended amounts of time standing and sitting and this can cause back problems if there’s not enough movement and variation between the two. In addition to standing, they have to keep bending down to help their students. The issue is especially prevalent among primary school teachers because the desks are far smaller.

So leaning in a weird way can be some teachers’ attempt to reduce the strain on their backs. Something else that can help protect their health is having standing or proper-sized desks for students to work at.

Choosing to sit on a high stool instead of standing for hours on end can also remove part of the strain. This upside is better back health; the downside is seeing less awesome leaning pictures on the net.

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postboredom
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2 months ago

his legs are at 90 degrees so...

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postboredom
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2 months ago (edited)

them be twerking dude

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Isabella Vega
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2 months ago

His foot is turned in...so much pain

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True Blue
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2 months ago

What is it with history teachers and climbing on tables

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Elsker
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2 months ago

but why is he climbing ON the table?

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Tiny Dynamine
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2 months ago

I've never seen this way of resting ever before!

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maswartz
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2 months ago

She looks younger than the student!

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Tor Rolf Strøm
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2 months ago

getting a bit of a workout in!

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ClaireM
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2 months ago

That girl looks seriously uncomfortable with the situation!

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Dan Buczynski
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2 months ago

Ok so clearly this is teacher yoga or something

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maswartz
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2 months ago

She looks like she could be demonstrating something?

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Boop
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2 months ago

Does he have to pee lmao

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Isabella Vega
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2 months ago

Somebody needs a bathroom break badly

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bryguy
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2 months ago

Okay what is this pose?? Is this taught to teachers in school? lol

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disneyfreak
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2 months ago

again this is very comfortable

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Isabella Vega
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2 months ago

The guy on his right sums up my feelings

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pandamonium.
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2 months ago

Math teachers in class be like - _(:з」∠)_

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Isabella Vega
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2 months ago

Why do they all do this?

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Isabella Vega
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2 months ago

Must have cramps

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The cation
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2 months ago

thats pretty normal tho

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