In every school, in every classroom, there are teachers we love, teachers we fear, and just teachers everywhere and all around! They accompany us from the very start until the end, and as they watch us grow over time, we start noticing some similarities between all the teachers we’ve had.
Every teacher has a different personality and a different teaching style that sets the way their class will be taught. And while there’s a wide variety of categories that teachers might fall into, we couldn’t possibly cover them all, so we’ve come up with the most common traits based on our experiences as teachers and as students!
Here are some of the types of teachers that we’ve encountered over the years:
We all know him/her and they’re usually pretty popular among students and teachers as well. The funny teacher knows the exact time to crack the perfect joke, always has a few tricks up their sleeve and can go as far as pranking their students, so beware… Don’t even try to trick them on April Fool’s, because they’ll probably outstand you!
Once they enter the classroom, the first thing you notice is their really cool outfit! Usually young, that teacher keeps up with the latest trends, and knows how to sport statement pieces, accessorize, and mix and match colors and textures to create the perfect outfit and be the center of attention. While it helps that they’re usually surrounded by tired teachers who prefer to look comfortable, this teacher definitely has a backup career in fashion and has made the school halls their runway!
They excitedly walk into class with the energy of a child on a sugar-high, and instantly try to motivate the students by saying things like “Today is going to be a productive day!”. While explaining the subject, they tend to raise their voice, move around a lot and use many hand gestures. When you watch them teach so passionately, you can’t help but admire their energy (and wish you had at least some of it) and crack a smile because they do help you focus better.
The friend, the mom/dad, the brother/sister… this is usually the heartfelt teacher. An emotional person, they always want to be here for their students, lend a listening ear or a helping hand. They love their students with all their heart, and unlike other teachers, they decide to show it. Their lessons often tend to include a monologue about making the right decisions and their door always being open. And while some students find it cheesy, they often look back on them fondly as the warm teacher that cared and made an impact on their lives.
They have specific rules and they follow them to a T. They don’t condone being reckless, rude, or irresponsible. Whether you respect them or just fear them, they know how to manage a class and get the students to behave. And as “humorless” as they may seem, they actually have a very special role in teaching young minds to realize how important learning is.
This teacher consistently has a personal story ready to share for every situation. You ask them a question about speed? They’ll tell you about the time they skied through the Alps in record time. And since wasting class time is a student’s dream, they always find ways to get that teacher to talk about their personal lives. Their stories are known through generations and become quite iconic: “I mean, we all know M. Smith’s car story…”
They are your French teacher, but also your friend’s drama teacher, your sister’s cheerleading coach and your neighbor’s tutor. Some teachers like to go all in, to help in as many places as possible, to keep busy or to just… make enough money since most teachers are still sadly underpaid.
They just got here, and this is their first time in a classroom as a teacher. They’re a bit anxious and are probably still testing the waters and haven’t decided which teaching style they’ll adopt yet. Cut these new teachers some slack and give them some time to navigate their way through the class and figure out which kind of teacher they want to be! You can also send them this blog to help them decide…
This teacher… doesn’t exist!
Teachers are so often under-appreciated, and even when students notice their efforts and enjoy their class, they hardly ever receive feedback or compliments.
If you know a teacher that you appreciate, let them know that you value them and their hard work!