Forgetful Teacher, Tech-Addict Teacher & 18 Other Teacher Stereotypes
by Terry Heick
Ed note: This post has been republished from a late 2012 post
1. Crazy Teacher
This is the teacher whose class you don’t miss. The one that roller skates into class on the first day of school tossing out goodie bags of highlighters and breath mints, and swigs Mountain Dew right out of the 2-liter bottle before putting it back in her purse.
2. Talkative Teacher
While being talkative can stifle a student’s opportunity to learn—students do their best to keep the Talkative Teacher going: the more the teacher talks, the less students have to work.
3. Rebel Teacher
This is the one who mocks the principal when they turn their back, thumbs their nose at “the state,” and encourages students to stand on their desks and rip their SpringBoard book into pieces. Viva la rebel!
If you do not learn to read Chaucer or solve theorems with the same urgency as the Fire-and-Brimstone teacher, you’ll fail. At life.
5. Displaced College Professor
This is the K-12 teacher that grew up dreaming of teaching Emily Dickinson at Stanford, but instead teaches band at Mudhen Middle School, and hasn’t quite come to grips with it all.
6. The Over-Achiever
This is the teacher that has to have their class first at everything: first in fundraising, first to the lunchroom, first in reading goals, first in parent participation, and first to every PLC meeting–everything graded, in alphabetical order, with a “research-based strategy” ready to start the meeting. All in the name of education and “school spirit,” of course.
7. The Forgetful Teacher
The Forgetful Teacher forgets everything. That they scheduled an exam, to grade the exams, to go to the library, to collect field trip money, to give the questionnaire, and so on. This teacher is closely related to the “swimming in papers” teacher. In fact, they’re good friends.
8. Late Teacher
The Late Teacher is rarely punctual, but of course insists on better from their students. They start class late, hand back work late, and sometimes even arrive to school late, lugging papers and books while the students line up at the door.
9. Tech Addict
The Tech Addict loves technology—more than books, tests, and even their own children, they instead fawn over the latest gadgets. The Tech Addict is often guilty of unnecessarytechimplementationisis, a common ailment that arises when technology is used with little to no real learning gain, primarily for the sake of tech itself.
10. The Repetitive Teacher
The Repetitive Teacher, well, they repeat themselves over and over again, often shuffling around the words a bit for effect, but ultimately taking 10 minutes to explain one simple idea.
11. Long-term Sub
Ah, the difficult plight of the long-term sub. They are teachers but are not teachers, stuck in some awful limbo of establishing the classroom as “theirs,” or doing what they’re told and going home. Either way, they don’t get paid enough for that hot mess.
12. O Captain! My Captain!
This teacher sees themselves as the savior for the students, and invites melodrama at every opportunity, full of rhetorical appeal and unnecessary lectures on effort and the future.
13. The Swimming-in-Papers Teacher
The Swimming-in-Papers teacher loses essays, often forgets to hand back even graded work, and takes home a huge stack of On-Demand essays every evening with the noble intent of grading them all while watching Honey Boo Boo, never having discovered the miracle of the paper clip.
14. Get-off-my-lawn Teacher
Teaching was better back in their day. And so were the New York Yankees. No newfangled social media contraptions, standardized tests, or dagbern smartphones. Get off their lawn—and take your iPad with you.
15. Diet Coke Addict
Diet Coke is the new coffee, and the Diet Coke Addict will bring down a wildebeest with their bare hands to get their fix. Without it, they are irritable, forgetful, distractible, and fun to harass.
16. Cool Teacher
The Cool Teacher can remind you of the TMI teacher at times, but they stop just short of that. Rather, the Cool Teacher knows what’s cool—clothing, music, pop culture references, all of it. They #hashtag quiz grades and create Lil Wayne analogies to explain complex chemistry problems, treating their teaching career as a second chance to be the cool kid in school.
17. Overly-Authoritative Teacher
This teacher will nail you to the wall for even a poorly timed sigh. Classroom management is the foundation for a high-functioning learning environment. Now get with the program maggots!
18. Hippie Teacher
Made famous by Beavis and Butthead, the Hippie Teacher plays Neil Young in the classroom, wears flowing skirts or sports a shaggy beard, and is the only car in the parking lot with a carpeted dashboard. Peace, love, and moonbeams.
19. TMI Teacher
TMI teacher gives too much information to the students: favorite sitcoms, their facebook “friends,” or the source of their heartburn.
20. The Suck-Up
The Suck-Up lives for times when the principal or other teachers are in the room. The tone of the classroom changes dramatically when an administrator visits and they invent incredible clunky questions to try to demonstrate the “rigor” of their classroom, only to fail miserably as the students get lost in the confusion, and the principal is fooled nary a bit.
If we’ve forgotten any, let us know in the comments section!
A Humorous Look At The 20 Types Of Teacher; image attribution flickr userusarmycorpofengineers; Forgetful Teacher, Tech-Addict Teacher & 18 Other Teacher Stereotypes
All types of teachers and students are gradually flooding the school corridors at recess. If you aren’t watching this scene right now, then you might see it in your dreams or nightmares.
School and college time stays in our minds forever. These memories are created by teachers, too. We at Unicheck classified teachers according to their personal traits, amount of homework they assign each day, tone of voice they pick for explanations and facial expressions they wore each day.
If you are a teacher, you might want to have a little peek into how students classify some teacher types. Accept the challenge, and you will definitely find yourself or someone you know in the infographic below!
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This one doesn’t care what you think about anything. There’s only one point of view that is correct, and it’s the Despotic Teacher’s point of view. His behavior may vary from passive aggressive to bullying, and students just need to get through this terrible school period as best they can when they’re dealing with the Despotic Teacher.
This type of teacher can solve students’ problems, protect them from other types of teachers (such as the despotic and crazy ones), inspire kids to be more creative, diligent, enthusiastic, and throw a lifeline to them, showing how to find your vocation and what to do with your life. Ever the mentor and helper, this teacher can even become your friend after you leave your school. What’s not to like?
Here she comes – the one that all the boys love. Of course, the Hot Teacher can be either female or male, but the point is the same – they are extremely attractive. Who knows, maybe their appeal is the reason students attend classes regularly. Unfortunately, students miss the majority of what the Hot Teacher says during the class and can recollect practically nothing after the bell rings.
Sick and tired of the job and annoying to students, the Apathetic Teacher probably used to be rather cool and enthusiastic back in the days when the grass seemed greener. It’s not all that simple now. For some reason, this teacher doesn’t change jobs but keeps on hating the school, doomed to waking up every day and heading to the odious work.
This teacher is sure everything’s going to be fine if you stick to a vigorous plan of improvement, and is ready to infect students with enthusiasm despite the fact nobody cares. What you’re not supposed to do is skip classes and fool around. What you are supposed to do is join some clubs (chess, discussion, journalism, whatever) and take an active part in school life. When Activist Teachers were school kids, they probably accumulated a closet full of scout badges.
Nobody knows for sure what to expect of Crazy Teachers. Their mood and attitude towards the job, students and education changes so quickly so it’s impossible to keep track of it all. They’ve got plenty of absurd theories and ideas, which are quite difficult to interpret. They’re absolutely spacy, and all your attempts to communicate with the Crazy Teacher feel like trying to communicate with aliens. You might as well call Mulder and Scully.
The only creatures this lady adores are cats. Cats are good, students are bad. The Cat Lady universe is obviously cat-centered, and there’s no room for anybody else there. Sometimes The Cat Lady forgets she’s a teacher who’s supposed to collaborate with human beings and treats students as if they were her cats. There is a plus side: At least you know how to talk to her – you can always show her a cute cat video.
Though not actually a teacher, the Scary Librarian is an essential part of the school. The library is the abode of knowledge, and Cerberus guards the gates in the form of Scary Librarians. They’re the ones you don’t want to mess around with. They’ll do their utmost to keep order in the library, so be ready to follow the rules and shut up when they growl “Silence, please.”
This one recently graduated from the university and actually looks like a student too. He wears the same bomber jacket and watches Game of Thrones just like you do. He knows what troubles students experience and sympathizes with them since until recently he was in the same boat. He’s great to go with to the RHCP concert. He’s definitely a dude, not a tutor.
Students are not recruits, but the Drill Sergeant never got that message. Students are supposed to follow orders and work hard. This teacher’s tactics include abuse through the primary weapon of yelling. Highly-disciplined (and perhaps a bit morally injured) students have seen it all, which is why it’s hard to surprise them with challenging tasks. Oh, and of course the Drill Sergeant did it all for the “good” of the students, right?
The Supercoach will make you go through a number of difficulties and challenges just like the Drill Sergeant, but the Supercoach actually shows you how to do it and motivates you so much that you’ll run the obstacle course with pleasure and enjoy it. The approach matters, right? As a rule, the Supercoach makes high demands of all the students, but sometimes singles out just one, who then must carry the burden of the coach’s great expectations.
Generally speaking, Shy Teachers may be rather good at what they do, and perhaps even have a calling for teaching. However, the main problem for Shy Teachers is their inability to show their talent, and therefore nobody can fully appreciate it. The Shy Teacher isn’t ready to take on challenges or overcome difficulties, it’s better to stay in a narrow comfort zone, or even be a victim. Their approach to discipline in the classroom leaves much to be desired.
“Law and order” is the life motto of Control Freaks, and students are the first to suffer from such an approach. Control Freaks won’t allow any interference into the study process, so don’t expect to have much freedom of expression in their classes. They know best what is right and what is wrong, and that’s that.
Though good discipline is not their strong point, Hippie Teachers can be a great source of inspiration and admiration for younger generations. Their worldview is simple but striking (peace, love, happiness), and of course, every school needs a hero. Nevertheless, the Hippy Teacher sometimes turns out to be an ordinary or even indifferent person who is just stuck in the romantic 60s.
Highly Concerned Teacher
No matter what it is – politics, gender, education, or the environment, the Highly Concerned Teacher cares deeply about it all. It’s hard to ignore the concern since all discussions will eventually turn to whatever issues are considered of vital importance. Yes, we all should care, but not everyone needs to jump on the bandwagon.
Perhaps these teachers dreamt of being somewhere else besides school. Maybe they wanted to become rock stars or astronauts. But the stars just weren’t aligned properly and they ended up as schoolteachers, and now they’re bound to be hateful and mechanical in their teaching. They’re terrible teachers and have no one to blame but themselves.
He’s a real big cheese, and everybody knows it. He gained his fame by numerous publications and a great smile. Students worship this teacher, school administrators hold onto the Celeb tightly since his glory covers the school he’s working at too. The Celeb realizes his worth and uses all its benefits to the fullest possible extent.
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