Life lessons you learn chaperoning high school dances

One of the perks of teaching high school is chaperoning the school dances. I know you are thinking how awesome is that! What could be better than going to a dance in high school? Chaperoning one that’s what. I liken it to going to a dance with none of your friends, where you are not allowed to dance, and must make sure no one does anything “dirty.” Good Times.

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If I had not become a teacher there are so many things about life I would not understand. Here are the things I have learned from dances.

1. Going on a date in front of all your friends will always be awkward.

2. No matter how perfect you look when you walk in the door, your hair will never last through the night. Unless of course you have popular girl hair.

3. If you wouldn’t want your mother to watch whatever you are about to do in a public space in front of all of your friends, then for heaven sakes do not do it.

4. It is far less awkward to tell someone to stop dirty dancing then it to stand there and watch them dirty dance.

5. The nerdy guys in life end up with the prettiest wives. Do not let the school dance fool you.

6. Always dance. Do not worry what others will think. Always dance.

7. You do not have to follow the crowd to fit in.

8. Always look for the pregnant teacher chaperoning as a reminder of what not to do after the dance, during the dance, and before the dance.

9. Don’t dance with someone else’s date. People will not forget that.

10. It is not 1950 people. The music, the dancing, the dating has all changed. Tale a deep breath and jump in.

33 thoughts on “Life lessons you learn chaperoning high school dances

  1. I have to smile as I read your post as it reminds me of the high school events I chaperoned when I was a teacher not much older than the students! Even today, I agree with you…..always dance!

  2. I feel like a real person has stepped out of an American movie. Gloriously disconcerting and it reminds me how absolutely terrifying our equivalent were for a boy – until we learned to play!

  3. I recently chaperoned a middle school dance – and what’s better about a middle school dance? YOU get to be that ‘cool’ adult who dances in the middle and gets it all going!! (And by ‘cool’ – I mean that the students are young enough/old enough to not be able to decide whether you ARE cool or whether they think you’re crazy! hahaha!)

    But your life lessons are so true!! ^.^

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