Tournament of Teachers: Would You Rather Edition (Part 1)


It’s March, spring is right around the corner, and that can only mean one thing: The start of the big college basketball tournament.

To get into the spirit of the competition, Advancement Courses is hosting our own bracket challenge! For a fun twist, we’ve chosen 32 awkward situations only elementary and middle school teachers would have to face, and we want to see which one is the least-cringe-worthy. From March 11-20, you can submit your own bracket on our website. Then, from March 21-30, vote on the situations you think should advance to the next round.

The winner will be announced April 1. Afterward, we’ll share the first, second, and third place winners of our challenge based on who submitted the most accurate bracket. Here’s a breakdown of the prizes:

  • 1st Place: $1,000 Amazon gift card
  • 2nd Place: $250 Amazon gift card
  • 3rd Place: $100 Amazon gift card (3 entrants will win this prize)

Don’t miss the lineup here. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates on the bracket competition and how to enter!

We’ve also created a bracket of awkward moments just for Jr. and Sr. high school teachers. Be sure to check out — and cringe over — those options as well.

Would You Rather Scenarios – Elementary School

1. Clean up after a student decorates the bathroom with his/her own "paint." 

What a crappy job.

2. Get puked on during flu season.

No flu shot will save you.

3. Deal with the aftermath of a class pet's death.

Sorry, kids. Gill went to live on a farm.

4. Get an email from your principal after you accidentally curse in class.

You accidentally cursed once? Your principal should buy you a drink!

5. Listen to an upset parent who wasn't chosen to chaperone the field trip.

The parent’s upset? Good one. (Choose the parent next time to really teach him/her a lesson.)

6. Deal with a student having a temper tantrum.

Children are made up of about 60% water. It’s reserved for moments like these.

7. Use the restroom one time a day at 9:42 a.m.

You’ve earned a college degree and have dedicated your life to educating future leaders of the world. But you can’t catch a break — literally — to use the bathroom.

8. Eat lunch in 5 minutes at 10:22 a.m.

There’s a rumor that some teachers get 30 minutes to get away from students, eat lunch, and do other non-work things.

9. Have a parent request to come into class to videotape your student.

Only if you get to record the parent recording the child. Then you can host a viewing party with your teacher friends.

10. Answer the 59th email to the parent who believes his/her child can do no wrong.

Yep, you completely made it up. You have nothing better to do than create false allegations of a child being a brat.

11. Be on recess duty in January.

“Timmy, stop writing your name in the snow!”

12. Teach in a 90 degree room in May.

Ah, the Fifth Circle of Hell, according to Dante.

13. Attempt to explain where babies come from.

First, two people . . . nah. Just show them the pop-up book.

14. Answer the question, "Is Santa real?"

What’s suspicious about an omniscient old guy living at the North Pole?

15. Have a child of a former student in your class.

Nothing makes you realize how old you are faster. Well, this and your 30-year high school reunion that’s coming up soon.

16. Have a student call you mom/dad.

Cute or creepy? Either way, no thanks, kid.

Join the madness and help us determine what will be the last scenario left by submitting your predictions! Also, take a look at how you can use tournament brackets to teach.

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