A Teacher is Grading Her Students Using Memes and It’s Pure Genius


A Teacher is Grading Her Students Using Memes and It's Pure Genius

Remember how good it felt when you got stickers on your homework in elementary school? Whether it was a gold star or puns on your notebook ala Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (“ewe rock!), there was nothing more motivating than a sticker.

Still, once you’ve reached high school, the appeal of stickers have worn off a bit, and it takes more than a yellow smiley face to make you feel good about yourself. That’s unless of course, your sticker is a meme.

Ainee Fatima, a high school English and Media studies teacher from Chicago, has been using memes to grade her students’ work, specifically the Gordon Ramsay and confused Nick Young memes. The hilarious idea came to the 27-year-old educator while she was grading papers, and unsurprisingly, the internet loves it as much as her class does.

Fatima told Buzzfeed: “I was just grading and I was really frustrated, and in my head I was just like, I wish my kids could see my face right now, because the answers they were writing were just incredibly wrong.

“So I was like, let’s print out some memes.”

Using a regular printer and sticker sheets, she set to work on her hilarious new marking aides.

“They love memes — they try to bring them up in class any way they can,” she explained.

“I handed them back to the kids and immediately they were just laughing everywhere. It took a good couple of minutes to calm them down.”

The students who didn’t get stickers on their work were disappointed, but if you ask us, it seems like the perfect motivation to try harder next time. After all, who doesn’t need more Gordan Ramsay in their life?


And Fatima seems to agree, adding: “Students who normally wouldn’t care actually asked if they could correct their tests for a better grade and had a good laugh esp bc they always show me memes.”

And after sharing her meme stickers on Twitter, they became an online sensation, meaning Fatima also had the chance to give her class a lesson in going viral.


“It was a super teaching moment,” she said.

“I just wanna clarify, I teach high school seniors. I would not do this with younger students. This is the culture in my class we’ve built and bc of that, they loved it.”

If only every teacher could be this cool!

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Sophie Lloyd

Sophie is a cute feminist butterfly navigating the world one kitty meme at a time, or at least that’s how her best friend described her when she asked for help writing this bio. She likes cheese and one day hopes to be the proud owner of a corgi. For more of her random ramblings, follow her on Twitter/Instagram @_sophofbread.

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