As September approaches, it’s time to get back into a routine ready for the new school year. But what type of teacher are you? Maybe you’re Mr/Mrs Prepared and have checklists and ‘to do’ lists for the first day back, or maybe you’ve got used to the Monday morning lie ins and have pressed snooze a few too many times on your alarm clock?
The Guardian has created a short quiz to help you identify which teacher type you are.
1. Which of these will you be doing the week before you head back?
A. Mainly having sleepless nights as you think about lesson planning and worry about whether you’ll get everything sorted in time.
B. Relaxing because you’ve pretty much done all the planning you need to do. You’re just finishing off some last-minute bits and bobs.
C. Hanging out with friends, soaking up some sun and treating yourself. The thought of going back hasn’t really entered your head.
D. Spending the week moaning about the start of the impending term.
2. Which of these statements best describes you the night before going back?
A. Running through a long to-do list and getting increasingly stressed as you realise that there’s loads still to do, and no time to do it.
B. Sitting back relaxed – your planning done, your bag packed and your lunch for the next day already made. An early night is on the agenda.
C. Watching TV with a glass of wine. You might not have everything sorted but you’re going to enjoy your last night of freedom.
D. Filled with dread and not wanting to go back to school.
3. On your way into school on the first day you spot a colleague. What do you do?
A. Run and hide. You don’t want them to see you – you’re worried that they might quiz you about your plans for the year.
B. Rush over eagerly. This is your chance to discuss your extra-curricular ambitions for the new term – and you have some great ideas.
C. Call their name and wave – then pop some headphones in and get the bus. It’s too early for conversation.
D. Go over, say hello and then talk about all the things you’re dreading about the coming year. It’s good to have a moan.
4. What’s the first thing you do when you get to school?
A. Find a space to take some deep breaths and try to relax.
B. Get straight into your classroom. Oh, how you’ve missed it!
C. Stroll into the staffroom and dose yourself up with coffee – you need plenty.
D. Find a fellow cynic and complain about the fact there will be no more lie-ins.
5. You’ve got the student you’ve been dreading, and on arrival they start disrupting the class immediately. How do you react?
A. Think this is what you’d feared would happen and tell them to leave while resisting the urge to cry.
B. Think, “Not on my watch, my students never misbehave when I am teaching”.
C. Ask them in a calm manner to take a seat and stop distracting the class.
D. Send them straight to the headteacher’s office. You just don’t want to have to deal with this on your first day.
Mostly As: You’re a back to school worrier who finds the return difficult and nerve-wracking.
Mostly Bs: You’re Miss/Mrs/Mr organised – enthusiastic and thoroughly prepared. Nobody does it better.
Mostly Cs: You’re so chilled out you might just nod off. You’re going to need that coffee.
Mostly Ds: You’re a back to school cynic, or maybe just a realist.