8 types of students every teacher has in class
All of your students likely fall into one of these categories. While they don’t all make trouble for your class, they make your class a dynamic, complex system that it takes work to stay on top of. Here are the 8 types of students every class will have.
1. Russel, the little boy in Up
He tries really hard. While he may not be the most apt student in class, he’s always willing to run down to the office, drop something off with another teacher, or clean the whiteboard. All the teachers love Russell, but his classmates sometimes pick on him. He is the Teacher’s Pet.
2. Bart Simpson
This kid’s whole goal in life is to see you sweat—at least, that’s how it feels. He may not be shooting spit wads anymore, but he’s definitely pushing your buttons with a myriad of other juvenile assaults. Sometimes he doesn’t even look like he’s trying to disrupt the class, yet he does.
You’ll remember him every time you see watch The Simpsons.
3. Chandler Bing from Friends
While not as maliciously disruptive as the troublemaker and he may be actually funny sometimes, he still mostly a disruption, distracting other students with funny stories or quips, sometimes at your expense. He’s sometimes known as the sarcastic one, with his wise-cracks.
He reminds you of the funny guy in class when you were younger, except you don’t find him that funny now that you’re a teacher.
4. The Elsa from Frozen
You know this student has the answers, if you could just get her to participate. She turns in first rate assignments, but she’s too shy to raise her hand in class. Sometimes you try to draw her out of her shell, but mostly you just let her quietly learn. You sometimes wish every student was like her because she’s so well-behaved.
She may grow up to be very different from her quiet self, and you won’t remember her if you bump into her on the streets five years later.
5. The Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory
This student is a know-it-all and can be just as frustrating as the troublemaker, especially when he blurts out answers or pipes up with random information in the middle of class. He’s smart, but he doesn’t always help other students learn.
6. The Janice Litman from Friends
You know her voice by heart because you hear it every minute of every day. She distracts other students by trying to lull them into conversation, and she rarely contributes that energy or talkativeness into answering actual questions.
7. The Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter
She’s there, but she’s not really there. She’s sitting in class, but she’s doodling in her notebook or writing a story. While she doesn’t drag other students into her distraction, you still know she’s not getting very much out of class and that frustrates you.
8. The Captain America
And then, you have your students who do their best, try their hardest, and even if they don’t always have the right answer, they are not prone to discouragement. They do the work, hand it in on time, and they almost never distract their peers or participate in the distractions other students are making.
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