Every week we must endure it—the dreaded faculty meeting. While some teachers arrive to meetings on the struggle bus, others ride in on cloud nine. In each faculty meeting I have ever attended, I have seen 10 personalities over and over. I may have been one or two or nine of these before myself. Here are 10 teacher personalities you can spot in your faculty meetings. Which one are you?
1. The Worn Out Teacher
Every meeting there is a teacher who comes in, drops their teacher bag (because tired teachers always have heavy teacher bags) to the floor and plops down in the seat closest to the door. This teacher has had a long, tiring day and the last thing they need is an hour of announcements, PD, and new district initiatives.
2. The Irritated at Everything Teacher
This is the teacher who wanted to go home before first period began. This faculty meeting is getting in the way of their favorite show. They are thinking about the traffic waiting for them on the highway. You will know this teacher by the way their eyes roll and their arms cross. You will hear the occasional huff or puff from them every time someone asks a question. This teacher was over this meeting before it started.
3. The Timely Teacher
The Timely Teacher watches the agenda intently to make sure the meeting stays on task. A meeting that strays from its agenda keeps us all in the room longer. Not on Timely Teacher’s watch! “Ok back to the original question,” is their favorite phrase. You will often find Timely Teacher’s eyes glued to the clock on the wall or the watch on their wrist. This teacher is not here to waste time.
4. The Fashionably Late Teacher
I admit, that Fashionably Late Teacher can be me at times. And by at times, I mean most of the time. This is the teacher that forgets there is even a meeting but is clued in by the eerie feeling that there is a meeting coupled with multiple teachers walking in the same direction. The Fashionably Late teacher will come into the meeting with coffee, and that “don’t mind me, I’m pretending like I’m not embarrassed to be late,” face on as they…we scurry to our seats.
5. The Joyful Teacher
In every faculty meeting, there is a teacher that is too happy to be in a faculty meeting. The Joyful Teacher will remind you during third period that there is a meeting. This teacher is on time and normally sitting in the front of the room. They are not concerned with time at all. They are strangely happy to be in the faculty meeting.
6. The Cosigner
The Cosigner is that teacher that echoes everything the admin says in the meeting. Normally your cosigner isn’t the longest or shortest tenured teacher either. It’s that teacher who is right in the middle with five to seven years in the building—probably hoping for one of the APs to leave so they can slide in. They take ownership of everything in the school, including the contents of the faculty meeting.
7. The Disruptor
The Disruptor is the class clown of the faculty meetings. Cracking jokes to the whole group or just those nearby, this teacher is loved or hated depending on who you ask. The Timely Teacher hates that the Disruptor can cause meetings to go long. The Worn Out Teacher often needs to sit next to the Disruptor just to make it through the meeting with a few laughs. I know, because I often am the Disruptor!
8. The Sleeper
The Sleeper is easy to spot because this teacher fights sleep the whole meeting. They try to play it off by putting their face in one palm, pretending to read, or “looking down” at the agenda. Sleepers…wake up!
9. The Questioner
This teacher drives the “Irritated at Everything” and the “Timely” teachers crazy! The Questioner wants to get all the information correctly before they leave. Every time admin asks, “Are there any questions?” you can feel the room sigh. When this teacher is at your meeting, it normally means that no one is leaving until the Questioner is satisfied!
10. The Scribe
The Scribe is the teacher who is pretending to write notes in the corner but is actually grading or writing tomorrow’s lesson plan. Their computer is often open with occasional “I know you know I am not paying attention but I’m still going to pretend to,” looks up at everyone.
Now that you’ve met these teacher personalities, which one are you?