The Life Of A Young Teacher, As Told By Jessica Day Of 'New Girl'

The Life Of A Young Teacher, As Told By Jessica Day Of 'New Girl'

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As future educators, we all have certain visions of ourselves in our own classrooms. No matter what the image is, we can all relate to Jessica Day from New Girl and her experiences as a young teacher. Here’s a list of 10 things we can all see ourselves doing, both in and out of the classroom, as future young teachers, as told by Jess Day.

1. You want to have the best "Teacher Outfits.”

It’s almost impossible to go shopping online or in store without seeing an item and thinking, “Oh wow, that’d be perfect to wear in the classroom!” We’re young and hip and we ain’t afraid to show it! We rock polka dots, stripes, and bright colors just like Jess. She isn’t afraid to show her individual style, while keeping it appropriate, and neither are we.

2. You find yourself singing more often than simply speaking.

If you’re working with Early Childhood students, like preschool or kindergarten, you’re probably singing a lot of songs already. Whether it be the Alphabet Song or Days of the Week, you need to be able to carry a tune to keep your students entertained. Jess uses this to her advantage and incorporates music in her lessons for students of all ages. For many, your singing trickles out of your career, and suddenly, you are singing to yourself while doing chores. You may even start “sing talking” without realizing it, just like Jess.

3. You use your “Teacher Voice” on your friends.

Jess approaches resolving conflict the way any teacher would, and her teacher voice comes out. She tries to incorporate the “Feelings Stick”, a method she uses in her classroom, into the Loft, much to her roommates’ dismay. Her teacher voice comes out even more often when she is more sober than her friends. You might find yourself telling your drunk friends to take “one step at a time” on the stairs and to use “walking feet” when you’re heading in after a night out. We all just learn to approach any problem the way we would if we were in teacher mode, which can definitely create some funny stories.

4. Sometimes, things don’t work out as planned.

No matter how much planning we do for a lesson or unit, things are sure to go wrong somewhere, and that’s okay! We just have to learn to accept it and learn how we can better ourselves in the future, just like Jess does. Even when she planned a terrible Biology class field trip to pick up trash and ended up getting stung by bees, she was able to keep positive and laugh it off in the end.

5. You realize middle school was the worst, and want to help guide your students through this time as best you can.

If you’re a middle school teacher, like Jess, you are often forced to relive one of the worst times of your life. Cliques are still a large problem with your students, relationship drama enters your classroom everyday, and you witness your students developing as individuals during their awkward stages. No matter what, you’re there to support your students during the time they need it most. You are the greatest support system a student has outside of their own family, so you try your hardest to help guide them in the right direction.

6. You always aim high.

Jess has always expected the best of herself. Within three seasons, Jess went from a classroom teacher to a Vice Principal of a middle school with a significant pay raise. She was given this opportunity due to her ambition and value she places on the students. After being laid off, Jess continued teaching by applying for a job in adult education. We should all strive to be as persistent and excellent as Jess, regardless of any obstacles we face. Being a teacher is not easy, but a strong ambition can make the positive results outweigh the negatives.

7. You find it difficult to navigate your new relationships with other teachers.

We all spent the majority of our elementary school days wondering what the Teacher’s Lounge was like, but once we make it there as a teacher, we realize there’s way more to it than we thought. You run into all the gossip about what’s going on in different grades, a few cliquey teachers who have been teaching together forever, and maybe even an attractive male teacher. No matter what, you want to keep it professional. Of course, it’s going to be difficult to resist the urge to gossip about students or make conversation with that male teacher about something other than what’s going on in the school, but, as we’ve learned from Jess, mixing work and play can often end poorly.

8. You get sick from your students all the time.

Schools are filled with all sorts of little kid diseases and in your first years of teaching, you will definitely catch a few of these before you build up your immunity. Your non-teacher friends won’t get it when you say you can’t go out tonight because one of your students gave you a cold or the stomach bug, and some of them might even shun you so you don’t spread your disturbing child germs all over them.

9. You’re a child at heart.

It’s impossible to be a good teacher if you don’t understand your students. The best way to understand them is to put yourself in their shoes again. Embrace your inner child. Learn all of the words to the Frozen soundtrack. Go see Finding Dory. Keep a collection of your favorite childhood movies and relive the emotions you felt when you first watched them. If we’re children at heart, we gain a better understanding of what our students find entertaining. Jess understands what makes children cry, and can reference many children’s movies.

10. You help your students and others understand that we should all accept who we are.

Each and every one of us is unique in our own way and so are our students. We each have our own qualities that make us who we are and it’s important that we show our students how to accept this about ourselves. Jess may be weird, but she’s proud of that, and utilizes her quirky personality in the classroom. Our students look up to us, and if they see us being ourselves and embracing who we are, then they will do the same! This is especially helpful for middle school students who are going through their awkward phase, and struggling to come to terms with who they are. If Jess can accept her flaws and embrace them, we should accept ours to benefit our students as well!

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.

Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

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Sit down, be humble.


To The Class of 2023,

Before you start your college career, please know:

1. Nobody...and I mean nobody gives a shit about your AP Calculus scores.


" I got a 5 in Calc AB AND BC, a 5 in AP Literature, awh but I only got a 4 in AP Chem"

2. THE SAME GOES FOR YOUR SAT/ACT SCORES + nobody will know what you're talking about because they changed the test like 10 times since.


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6. It's OK to realize that you don't want to be pre-med or you want to change majors.


7. There will ALWAYS ALWAYS be someone who's doing better than you at something but that doesn't mean you're behind.


8. "I'm a freshman but sophomore standin-" No, you don't have to clarify that, you'll sound like an asshole.


9. You may get your first ever B-, C+ or even D OR EVEN A W in your life. College is meant to teach you how to cope with failure.


10. Go beyond your comfort zone. Join a theatre club if you're afraid of public speaking. Join an animal rescue club if you're afraid of animals. College is learning more about yourself.


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