I came across this great blog via busy teacher: ‘Nine Types of Teachers’.
In this post, Alex Strike illustrates there are 9 types from Newbie to ‘A Fellow’. In writing TechnoTeaching we were not sure how to make the framework come to life. Jules and I tried different ideas but in the end we decided on three archetypal characters. You will have to wait to meet Melissa, Zayid and Jasmine until the 6th of May when the book is published, but I would like to share their ‘birth’ with you (without any screaming or sweating… well maybe a ‘glow’).
I think it was me – correct me if I am wrong Jules – that came up with the three skeletons. The three types of TechnoTeacher. Jules came up the real flesh and bones. These were based on those around us. Unlike the 9 types of teacher that students love/ hate, we looked more at what we knew about them in the staffroom then the classroom.
We know that teachers work in different ways, and actually, we only know what we are told or what we see. For example one head of department I knew never opened an email message. Her teaching assistant did this for her and no one knew about it! I also know of many teachers in their 30s who don’t really understand edtech, but use Facebook and can run up a quick presentation on an interactive whiteboard and are seen as Steve Jobs in their staffrooms. I also know of other teachers who really push the boundaries of technology and learning, but are reluctant to share what they know with their peers down the corridor. Instead they share ideas in a more intimate (and ironic) global level on Twitter with like-minded colleagues. What a crazy world we live in when a talented teacher is nervous about telling their line manager about how she inspires her students, because this will make her be teased and even bullied.
If you want to look at some more examples, whilst you wait for TechnoTeaching here are a few links to help pass the time:
1. Types of teacher http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTXunsNFJmA by IISuperwomanII (over 3 million views!)
2. 9 Types of Teacher – a different article http://www.theprospect.net/9-types-of-teachers-you-see-at-school-11363 aimed at students - I like the ‘How To Deal’ advice!
3. 20 types http://www.teachthought.com/interest/a-humorous-look-at-the-20-types-of-teacher/
4. WikiHow to deal with different types http://www.wikihow.com/Deal-With-Different-Types-of-Teachers
It might be worth asking your peers and students what type of teacher you are. Go on…Dare you!
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