Many people turned to TikTok this year to find entertainment in quarantine — and teachers weren’t an exception. Throughout the highs and lows, challenges and sacrifices, teachers were one of many 2020 superheroes, and their TikToks gave a unique glimpse into their lives.
From showing what it’s actually like to teach virtually to hopping on the latest trends, teacher TikTok did it all. Here are some of the funniest, most heartwarming, and most viral TikToks from teachers in 2020:
@_coolcal, known as Mrs. Evans, who made a viral back-to-school rap with fellow teacher Mrs. Williams. The song was inspired by Jack Harlow’s TikTok hit “What’s Poppin’,” and it blew up across social media:
@sammyrae0322, who surprised her fifth-grade class with a ~juicy~ breakup letter prank…
(Their gasps truly make the video.)
…which turned out to be a ~clever~ history lesson:
@bcholeman, who went viral earlier this year after sharing this storytime about why he let a student sleep in his class:
@case_fitz_art‘s incredible Among Us–themed classroom door decoration:
@_bigheartlittleminds_‘s brilliant “secret student” classroom management hack:
@d_prend40, who shared a thoughtful glimpse into what virtual teaching looks like inside a school:
@jjgrubb‘s use of meme stickers while grading his students’ tests:
@iamthatenglishteacher, whose popular grammar lessons are so good, they keep showing up on everyone’s “For You” pages:
@iamsofiabella, who discovered her students are some of her biggest TikTok fans in the cutest way:
@larrylexicon‘s hilarious TikToks — like this one where he reveals just how much he misses in-person classes:
@lessonswithlewis, who also became known for her teacher humor — like this TikTok where she gives a tour of ~pre-2020~ classrooms:
@mr.mctiktok started a viral series where he gets roasted by his students:
And @jknight5253 often shared the funny and random moments of teacher life:
@fancynancyin5th showcased what a hybrid classroom looks like:
@missstewsroom‘s “teacher outfit check” became a popular trend among other teachers to show off their wardrobes on TikTok:
And @thehippestteacher‘s style videos often circulated on ~teacher fashion TikTok~:
@mrferroni perfectly captured how it feels when the Zoom energy runs out:
@lovemsslater recorded this heartfelt video packing up her classroom at the end of her first school year:
@mr_williamson23 was one of many teachers who participated in viral trends from this year — like the “This or That Challenge”:
@mikeybee32‘s take on the “Wipe It Down Challenge” gave a funny ode to the former in-person teaching life:
And @thatnewteacher showed how she uses the popular “Do I have your attention” TikTok sound — from Todrick Hall’s “Attention” — to get her seventh-graders to quiet down:
Teachers like @mrssloanbiology, known for her biology lessons on the app, also shared plenty of pre-COVID content — like this one where she teaches her class a “dance” to remember DNA replication:
@redgeallen also shared the ultimate ice-breaker he used pre-COVID to welcome his students on the first day of class:
@mr.pyper showed how he makes online health classes fun:
And lastly, @veronicaiher captured this heartwarming moment after her professor stayed up all week to help the class study:
P.S.: You might cry.
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2020 is finally (almost) over, and we’re looking back on the year. Check out even more from the year here!