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What Kind Of Teacher Are You?

In my last blog, "The 5 Teachers Yout Meet in Professional Learning," I described a handful of trends in teacher personas. It was shared a lot on social media, so I’m thinking it struck a chord. Now, in this sequel, let’s play some more with these personality types. I developed this quiz as a lighthearted way to get you to do some serious business: to reflect on your openness to change, ongoing learning, and mentoring others--because from our house to the white house, whether in a faculty room in Manhattan, New York or Manhattan, Kansas—we rise and fall on our ability to improve on the status quo. As teachers, we can literally find greater job satisfaction and overall life happiness through professional learning. But we have to be in it to win it. Are you game? Let’s go.

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  1. 1. Choose the statement that is most true for you:

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    When it comes right down to it, the best teachers close their doors and trust their expertise most of all.
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    Conversations with colleagues, teacher book study, and online education articles are nice to have but not needed to be a exemplary teacher.
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    I am gobsmacked by all that I have to juggle as a teacher. This is not what I imagined teaching would be.
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    If my students make the expected progress by year’s end, that’s what matters most.
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    e.I volunteer for every opportunity to enhance my teaching practice. I love learning!
  2. 2. In my classroom, I...

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    I can get by with Teachers Pay Teachers in my classroom as my curriculum.
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    Often find myself saying, “I taught them how to do that but they are still not doing it!”
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    Wish that others would ask me to share what I know about teaching and the school more often.
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    Find myself saying, “And the pendulum swings back again.” or “I do this already,” in the face of new professional learning experiences.
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    Like to try out new approaches to teaching to see what benefits my students.
  3. 3. After teaching several years, I am asked to become a principal…

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    but I say no, because year after year, students rate me highly.
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    and I say yes because I know what is best for the school.
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    but I say no because I’m just too overwhelmed with my own classroom.
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    and I say yes because I have a list of things I want to change.
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    and I say yes because I’m ready for a new challenge.
  4. 4. What answer best describes your relationships with colleagues?

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    I wish that others would ask me to share what I know about teaching and the school more often.
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    I am leading a teacher team this year and just formed a “coffee hour” book study for my PLN!
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    My classroom is so pretty it could be its own Pinterest page.
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    I spend a lot of time thinking about whether or not my colleagues accept me as both a person and an educator.
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    It is essential that my school provide professional learning experiences for me and direct me on what I should be learning.
  5. 5. Teaching is...

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    My calling, my vocation
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    My job
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    So complex
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    A learning journey for everyone
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    The hardest thing I've ever done
  6. 6. I have the most professional respect for:

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    The teachers I had as a student
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    Published authors
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    It is really hard to choose. Everyone I work with has something to teach me
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    The textbook companies
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    Youtubers
  7. 7. My favorite approach to PD is...

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    Meeting with my mentor and participating in every Twitterchat I can!
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    Listening to an expert or consultant for a few hours
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    Meeting with my PLN regularly
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    Presenting at an attending conferences
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    Reading a book of my choice
  8. 8. Learning...

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    is a fascinating and messy process that I am thirsty to learn more about
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    happens with a well-educated whole class lesson
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    is the sole responsibility of the student.
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    is hard to assess so I make my best guess.
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    depends on the learning style of the student.
  9. 9. My favorite tool in my teacher toolbox is:

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    Lesson plan, lesson plan, and lesson plan
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    NO tests or homework!
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    Small group projects
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    Teacher Networking
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    My students
  10. 10. My greatest wish as an educator is...

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    For my colleagues to see that my approach to instruction has been right all along
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    For all students to come prepared with the materials they need and listen carefully to my lesson
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    To have more time to study with my colleagues
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    To be able to have more time to grade and plan
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    For each of my students to complete their homework
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