TEACHERS! What type of STUDENT are YOU?
We all teach students of all personality types, from incredibly wonderful to a little bit crazy. Find out what type of student you are by taking this short quiz today!
The Drama Queen
AS A STUDENT “Drama Queen”
This student requires a lot of attention and is often seeking it no matter what. Everything is a big deal and they tend to be into everyone else’s business. They are loud and often disrupt class with their outbursts and are always in the center of the latest gossip. Once you get to know them though, you often find that they just want to feel cared for and loved and deep down they truly have a big heart.
AS A TEACHER “Drama Queen”
You often find yourself in the middle of the latest gossip in the faculty room and love the scandals going on in the building. You are the center of attention where ever you go, and if someone steals your limelight you quickly find a way to get it back.
You keep your friends close and your enemies closer, always making sure you are “in the know.” You are often the person people in the building go to in order to find out just about anything about anyone.
You may be loud and people are often intimidated by you, just the way you like it! Deep down though you are caring and you know who your true friends are. You are protective of these friends and are loyal no matter what.
The Escape Artist
AS A STUDENT “Escape Artist”
This student is often found in the hallways roaming aimlessly. They never seem to be paying attention and they always want to leave the room. Once you watch them for a while you will begin to realize that there are certain things or topics that keep them in the room and focused. They are students that want to learn, yet their attention may be elsewhere, so they need a little extra push from time to time. They are the students who tend to daydream of being anywhere in the world but the classroom.
AS A TEACHER “Escape Artist”
You conveniently find excuses to miss your daily duty, team meetings, and after school responsibilities. You are surprisingly “sick” on the scheduled faculty meeting days. If you do happen to find yourself at a faculty meeting, you are usually on your phone checking emails and seen “going to the restroom” more than once during the meeting itself.
You have a hard time focusing on anything that doesn’t interest you at all.
Deep down you tend are creative and imaginative, but spend most of the time daydreaming of bigger and better things then what you are currently responsible for doing. However, if something does interest you, you excel. You go above and beyond when you are able to focus and you create great things.
The Smooth Criminal
AS A STUDENT “Smooth Criminal”
This is the student who is charming and sweet almost everyday. It seems as if nothing bothers them and that everyday is the best day ever. They are always happy, always polite, and constantly cute. They tend to be popular amongst their peers as well. However, they never hand in assignments, they rarely complete classwork, and very seldom do they participate in anything learning related. It is as if they think they can charm their way out of anything and often are surprised that their grades are so poor. When you look deeper you will find that they really do want to do well and may just need a little discipline or guidance in their life.
AS A TEACHER “Smooth Criminal”
You are charming and everybody really likes you as a person. You tend to be laid back and relaxed all the time. However, you very rarely hand paperwork in on time, lesson plans are never done, and no one really knows what is going on in your classroom.
You tend to be an enigma to colleagues because you can charm your way out of almost anything. You find that you need guidance or assistance from other teachers in order to get yourself back on track throughout the year, but once you are focused you do well.
Deep down you mean well, you want your students to succeed, and you attempt to try your best. You need just a little push from time to time and possibly a little discipline to make sure you complete what you need to on a daily basis.
AS A STUDENT “The Overachiever”
This student is a teacher’s dream come true in many cases. They love to learn and they seem to always be curious. They challenge teachers because they just fly through the work given and just want to do more. When an assignment is given they go above and beyond what is expected and tend to provide the sample work we use to demonstrate a job well done. One thing you may notice however, when you look closer, is that they often obsess over being perfect or getting the “A+” every time. In their minds, a “B+” is a failure. Although they are outstanding students we still have to be handle them with care.
AS A TEACHER “The Overachiever”
You are the person who usually heads every committee, team, activity, and club that exists. If there is something that needs to get done, YOU are the one for the job! The entire building knows they can count on you to get things done and do them well.
You tend to get frustrated at people who don’t do things the way you would have done them. You often find yourself taking on many tasks simply because you need to have things done “right.” You are a perfectionist and you easily get frustrated at people who cut corners. You don’t mind getting a few “pats on the back” for a job well done but at times you become overwhelmed with the amount of tasks you take on.
Deep down you want what is best for your students and colleagues. You want to make sure that anything with your name attached is excellent and well done.
AS A STUDENT “The Skeptic”
This student requires answers. They tend to question everything you say or teach. Many times they are confused or blatantly wrong in their skepticism, yet they will argue despite that fact. They tow the line between respect and disrespect, yet they are not doing this intentionally. When we look a little closer we find a curious student who wants to do well and strives to learn something each day. They want to be challenged and they want their voice to be heard. They can get under our skin and test our patience, but if we guide these students in the right direction they can end up being the best thinkers we have in the class as well as our greatest advocate.
AS A TEACHER “The Skeptic”
You are often very hesitant to just “jump in” when new initiatives are introduced. With all the new technology out there you are very skeptical of whether or not it is useful. You are very strong willed and it is hard to sway you once you have made up your mind.
You are very vocal in faculty meetings and can often be found at town meetings or educational board meeting to voice your opinions. You have no fear and will challenge anyone who opposes what you think.
Deep down you just want to make sure that whatever side you are on is the right one. You are a fierce advocate to anyone who gains your trust. You are a deep thinker and try to be respectful whenever you state your opinions. You can be swayed in your thinking if the reasoning seems logical.
AS A STUDENT “The Ghost”
This student is absent constantly and may have to attend summer school or be retained because of this. They can be students who become disruptive because they are so far behind that they give up altogether. Instead of showing they do not understand the concepts, they would rather be “cool” in front of their peers so they become the class clown in many cases.
AS A TEACHER “The Ghost”
You conveniently find excuses to miss your daily duty, team meetings, and after school responsibilities. You are surprisingly “sick” on the scheduled faculty meeting days. You often use your “sick” days for fun outings around the holidays or for long weekends.
You are always in your class on time, teaching when you are required to be teaching, but when the bell rings you disappear. You are rarely seen at lunchtime or during prep periods. It is rumored that rare glimpses of you can be seen only by those lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time during the day.
Deep down you just need to get out of the building once in a while to take a breath of fresh air. You do your best and spend many hours preparing for your lessons, but “your time” is “your time.” You don’t bother with gossip or anything other than what you need to in order to run a successful classroom.
The Lone Wolf
AS A STUDENT “The Lone Wolf”
This student’s main concern is looking cool in front of their peers. They often pretend to not care about things or are dismissive in hopes of getting attention. Other times they need to have the latest and greatest fad available in order for peers to look at them as trendy or cool. They will do whatever it takes to be the popular kid or the one everyone wants to be like. Deep down they hold a desire to protect a tender self-concept of themselves. If they do not understand something or if they fall behind in class they will dismiss what they are learning as unimportant. When dealing with this personality type it is important to meet them where they are and guide them along the way instead of “telling” them what to do.
AS A TEACHER “The Lone Wolf”
You are often labeled as “the cool teacher” and tend to care about how you are perceived by your students and your peers. You will jump right into the latest trends and fads going on in the world. If you don’t quite understand something, you dismiss it and move on to something else.
You can be all over the place in your planning and are disorganized in your classroom. Your students love being in your class but often become confused as to where they are headed. You have the ability to teach well and engage students on a daily basis and are welcoming of collaboration.
Deep down you want to do well and want others to view you as a good teacher. You are willing to let people come alongside you and work with you as long as they do not tell you what to do or how to do something. You like to find interesting ways to spin information so that it is interesting and intriguing. When you let your guard down you can be an asset to the building as a whole.
AS A STUDENT “The Trendsetter”
This student is a free spirit. They are often a pleasure to have in class and they “beat to their own drum.” Other students tend to embrace their quirkiness and at times mimic it in hopes of being cool. The “trendsetter” is very often the student who volunteers to assist teachers, students, or anyone that needs help. Being “cool” in front of their peers truly isn’t important to them and it is that attitude that creates acceptance among other students. True “trendsetters” are very rare to see in the middle school or high school classroom, but when they are spotted make sure to embrace their differences and their love of life.
AS A TEACHER “The Trendsetter”
You are often ahead of the pack. You try new things because you know they will help your students in their learning. You are not afraid to go against the flow and you don’t care if people talk about you behind your back. You know that they respect you deep down. Everyone seems to want to be like you but they aren’t willing to do what it takes to be different.
You love to help out your colleagues if they seek out your assistance and you have no problem staying away from those who don’t. You are happy doing your own thing and you are very passionate about teaching. You often get recognition and praised even though you aren’t looking for it but you are quick to downplay the accolades.
You are not looking to be the center of attention yet you always seem to find yourself there.
Deep down you just want to be you. You want to do what is best for your students. You spend hours and hours researching and preparing lessons without letting anyone know. You come across like you are a natural in the classroom but in order to set trends it takes hard work. You love putting in the hard work because you see the fruits of your labor when students learn, and that is what drives you.
When you were a student and it came to homework…
You always made sure to have it done early AND often asked for more work just to practice.
You were the loudest complainer when it came to homework yet you still got it done.
You didn’t think homework was that important. It was only 10 percent of your grade and your time was worth more than that!
You missed when the teacher assigned the homework because you were to busy wandering the hallways or skipping class
Which statement best describes what would be going through your mind during your LEAST favorite class in school?
This material might be on the test and I need to make sure I take good notes so I can ace it!
This teacher really doesn’t know the material, I will ace this class because I know more than he/she does.
I just can’t wait till the bell rings and I can get out of here!
I just skipped that class
When it came to projects and group assignments in school you…
Did all the work because the other kids were lazy and we all were going to get the same grade
Loved having the opportunity to work together with my classmates and help those that didn’t quite grasp the concepts
Looked at this as a chance to gossip with my friends especially if the teacher let us choose our groups
Couldn’t wait to sneak out of the room and pretend like I knew what was going on while letting the “smart kids” do all the work
What would you say was your “social status” in school?
I was the center of attention no matter where I went and was viewed as popular
I was the quiet kid in the back of the room who no one really noticed
I was the cool kid who everyone wanted to be like, I was “mysterious” and cool
I was everybody’s friend and was loved by both teachers and peers
When it came to asking questions in class…
You always knew more than the teacher and constantly questioned their knowledge
You were the student calling out and asking questions without raising your hand
You only asked questions that were relevant and added to the discussion
You often tried to ask questions to get the teacher off topic
What was your attendance like in school?
I had perfect attendance every year and was proud that I never took a sick day
I came to school because I wanted to see my friends and hang out at lunch
We had to attend school? I thought it was optional. No wonder I had to go to summer school every year!
I viewed my attendance as a chance to see my friends AND learn new things so I tried to be in school as much as possible.
On a scale from 1-10 where would you say your learning ability/interest would fall?
1-3: I just didn’t grasp things in class and had a hard time paying attention. That might have been because I was either not paying attention OR I was finding ways to leave the classroom.
4-6: I was able to grasp the concepts that I was interested in and when I wasn’t interested I spent my time on being cool.
7-9: I questioned EVERYTHING in order to better understand what I was learning. I was able to grasp concepts once I knew they were important.
10: I was usually ahead of the class and was the one who the teacher often had to find extra work for because I grasped concepts so quickly.
Which type of answers appeal to you the most?
Logical answers to questions
Creative answers to questions
Sarcastic answers to questions
You don’t really care if people answer your questions
If you could describe your “school self” in one word, which word would best describe you?
Which label would you place one yourself as a student now that you have seen so many students pass through your class?
The Hard Worker
The Quiet but cool kid