How many television series paint an authentic portrait of the teaching experience? Not a lot, if we’re being candid. Though no fictional account can illustrate an educator’s exact experience, we think Abbott Elementary gets closest to depicting the real trials and triumphs of life in public schools.
That’s because the show follows the hijinks of faculty members who do whatever it takes to ensure that students get the education they deserve. While the writers might exaggerate the characteristics for comedic effect, we think that Janine, Barbara, Jacob, Melissa, and Gregory represent the grit and good nature it takes to be a good teacher.
So, which Abbott Elementary teacher are you?
Choose your perfect day in the classroom:
What does your school need most?
What does effective classroom management mean?
Choose one of these fictional characters:
Which of these best describes a personal quirk?
What’s your default setting?
Most teachers have a little Janine in their personality. I mean, who becomes a teacher because they want to make the world a worse place? Teachers like you place kindness and enthusiasm for learning at the forefront of every move they make in the classroom. We’re glad you exist.
Don’t let the tough love schtick fool you — Barbara will always lend greener teachers a helping hand. We bet the second part of that sentence describes you as a teacher. In other words, you’re generous with your time and knowledge with both your students and your colleagues.
Side bar: Perhaps Mr. Hill is a little, shall we say, loose with classroom management. Hey, it's Abbott Elementary School, not Shawshank State Prison.
Since you got Jacob Hill, one thing remains clear: You care about the kids you teach. You’re aware of their struggles, and you know that teachers are there to help them navigate the trickier parts of life. Maybe you have a wee bit of awkwardness in your presentation, but rest assured that your friends and colleagues consider it unalterably charming.
If you’re a fan of the show, you know the scripts never whitewash the tumultuous experiences that teachers have in the classroom and at the administrative level. If you’re like Ms. Schemmenti, you recognize that reality and still manage to circumnavigate it for a more favorable reality. In spite of the hurdles that seem to grow taller every year, you do what you have to do to make sure that your students receive the education they deserve.
If you got Gregory Eddie, you don’t see setbacks; you see opportunities to help. Adaptability blended with positivity provides the perfect balance of teacherly attributes. We’re betting that combination describes your style in the classroom. In other words, you always rise to the occasion and never flinch even when the unexpected happens. You remain well aware of the fact that it is normal for unanticipated things to happen in the classroom.
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