One thing that I have really loved about my job is that I get to work with a lot of awesome teachers at all three elementary schools in my county. We all struggle with being the teacher we dreamed of being due to all the stress and lack of funds for things we feel we need, but I want us to all step back today and really think, “What kind of teacher am I?”
These are meant to be slightly silly, but I have a feeling that we can all relate and identify teachers in our school buildings that meet each description.
Best described as a creative thinker who can always make a simple task so much more difficult. These are also the teachers that we go to though when we need a bulletin board designed or have an idea for something in our classroom that we just can’t figure out how to execute.
The teacher you can always count on to tell you like it is! These teachers are great at looking at data and deciding if they see progress or lack of progress. They see things for what they are and don’t sugar coat it. I love “The Realist” because they are great when it comes to identifying the needs of their students.
“It’s all good! We can do it!” Every hallways needs their cheerleader teacher. These gals or gents are the ones that keep us all smiling and laughing through the tears. Cheerleaders are great for keeping energy levels up and souls positive. However, as a cheerleader myself, I realize a huge down fall is that we often bite off more than we can chew. If this is you, be careful not to overextend yourself. A stressed out cheerleader is a dangerous thing.
Oh no! Here she comes! The teacher that no one really wants to have a conversation with because it is going to be full of negativity. This teacher is the one who can make even the most positive cheerleader overwhelmed and cry. Want a little drama, this teacher stereotype can make even a principal cry. They aren’t afraid to loudly tell their feelings or views and put you in your place if you step into their area. Yep, there tends to be one at each school.
“Excuse me! Could you please come back down to reality here?” Do you know a teacher who even if it was raining on their head, they might not realize they need an umbrella? Yep, I do too! These teachers are great for students who have anxiety or panic attacks, but pair “Floater” with a “Realist” and you have a dangerous situation. Floaters are typically unorganized and can’t seem to get in a hurry for anything. Deadlines mean nothing and stress just doesn’t appear to be an issue at all. (Dang, I wish I had more “floater” in me!)
The Hard Worker
The note taking, copy making, lesson typing guru. This teacher does it all WAY faster than most can even pick up a pencil. Have you ever gone by a school around 7:00? Those cars in the parking lot are the “Hard Workers” busy preparing, prepping, and scheduling. They work through lunch and barely socialize during planning because they are so focused on their work.
The Pleaser/Rule Follower
“Ok, so you want lesson plans submitted by Sunday at 8? I will have mine in by Saturday at 7.” The Pleasers and Rule Followers are always great to have around when you have a question about grading policies or conference etiquette. These teachers can help you with just about everything you have a question about, but don’t you dare mention that you won’t do things a certain way in front of them. Die hard rule followers will follow the rules even if they don’t believe in them.
What kind of teacher are you?
Ok, so maybe I’m not being completely serious, but you have to admit a teacher or two or three came to mind while you were reading this. We all have our roles and at any given point, we might exhibit above behaviors. This makes use human, not wrong! I do believe though that when we are over the top with the titles listed, then we need to step back and take a closer look at why we became teachers in the first place. What has changed? Do we need a little break? How can we recharge to be a better teacher and co-worker?
What about you? Which one or two titles are you? Comment below!!! I’m a Cheerleader and a Pleaser for sure!