Everyone already knows that teachers are superheroes, so we wondered how it would go if actual superheroes took on the job. I mean, sure, they can save the world, but can they teach sophomores? Here is the official guide to decoding your colleagues through the Avengers.
Hulk is the stressed-out teacher.
You know, the one who’s always panicking in between classes when they think their students can’t see them. (News flash: Students see everything.) The Hulk teacher is overwhelmed by everything and takes headache medicine before every meeting. You’re a little bit nervous because you never know when their wrath might come out.
Thor is the charismatic teacher.
Y’all know the teachers who all the students want to be like, who are asked to be in charge of a dozen after-school programs, and are just generally the most popular with the students? That’s definitely Thor as a teacher—approachable, friendly, and well-liked by everyone.
Gamora is the hyper-focused teacher.
You know the type: the teacher who acts serious all the time and who’s only interested in doing her job and not making friends. She’s so determined that it’s like she doesn’t care about anything else. Don’t be fooled, though: This type of teacher is only so focused on doing well because she cares so much, and there’s a big heart underneath all that cold concentration.
Iron Man is the rebellious teacher.
This is the too-cool-for-rules teacher who makes fun of the principal to get his students to like him. He breaks minor school policies (using his phone in class, bringing coffee into a technology classroom, etc.) just because he can, and when he’s forced to do something he doesn’t want to, he blames it on the administrators. “Look, I know this standardized test is stupid, but they’re making me do it. Their rule, not mine.”
Captain America is the cares-too-much teacher.
You know Cap stays late after class to help his students with math homework even though he’s an English teacher. He probably has a special secret handshake for each student. He learns everyone’s name on the first day, never forgets the names of any of his past students, and gives loads of extra credit. This kind of teacher just wants everyone to succeed, okay?
Wasp is the know-it-all teacher (in the best way).
This teacher has all the answers: She’s taken several pedagogy classes and is equipped to handle any crisis in and out of the classroom. You may be tempted to roll your eyes when she starts trying to tell you how to do something in your own classroom, but trust her—she really knows her stuff!
Star-Lord is the forgetful teacher.
Also known as the teacher who has a good heart but is sort of hopeless at times. This teacher forgets everything from assigned homework to standardized-testing day. Students love this teacher, but they can also be an easy target for students in the middle-school-age range.
Doctor Strange is the “I wanted to teach college” teacher.
This teacher had big dreams of becoming a tenured professor, but instead it’s algebra to high school freshmen. Maybe they haven’t quite come to terms with it yet, either. This teacher can come off as disgruntled, disappointed, and generally dissatisfied with life. This teacher mocks students in a way that makes students think they’re only joking, but they’re definitely serious. Despite their detachment, most students adore them.
Black Widow is the tough-as-nails teacher.
She’s the teacher who always surprises her students when it comes time to pass out grades because she acts so nice in class, but then—bam!—everyone fails the first test because no one studied, thinking that she was the kind of teacher to just give A’s to everyone. Wake up, kids—nothing gets by her.
Scarlet Witch is the hipster teacher.
She is the “shawl-wearing free spirit with crystals and herbal plants in her classroom” kind of teacher. She might start class 15 minutes late, but she will never be fired. When she does work, she’s one of the best teachers at the school. You might wonder where she is a lot of the time, but Wanda’s always worth the wait.
Spider-Man is the first-year teacher.
This teacher is only three to five years older than most of the students. Deep down, this teacher is insecure and wants to prove himself but doesn’t answer half the time when someone calls him “Mr. Parker” because he’s not used to it yet. This teacher lets his students get away with way too much because he just wants to be everyone’s friend. He tries too hard to be casual and knows deep down that he has a lot to learn. It doesn’t stop him from trying, though!
Black Panther is the activist teacher.
This is the teacher who always has enough time for everyone, even at 3:30 p.m. on a Friday. They go out of their way to make sure that even the quietest students get the chance to share ideas because they want everyone to know their voice matters. They’re always encouraging students to “be the change” and telling them they can make a difference in the world. This teacher is patient and passionate. Everyone loves this teacher.
Vision is the socially awkward teacher.
There’s always one (or more) in every school: hyperintelligent and caring but a little out of touch with “kids these days.” He knows his subject inside and out, but he sometimes talks over his students’ heads. In return, they tease him about his lack of good people skills. He’s the kind of teacher that uses slang to be cool without realizing he’s using it wrong.
Hawkeye is the long-term substitute teacher.
Great at his job, loved by all his students, friends with the other teachers, and has been there so long people forget he’s just a sub. Seriously, why hasn’t he been offered a full-time position yet?
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