8 classroom characters we try to forget
Are you familiar with the different characters in your child's classroom?

One of the biggest challenges that a classroom teacher must face, is the management of various classroom personalities.

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Whilst every child is unique and has his/her own personality type, part of the teacher's job is to balance and direct each different character so that the class can progress together at the same pace.

We shouldn't stereotype, but most will agree that every class has one or more of the following significant characters:

The know-it-all/over achiever

This is the perfectionist. This class character comes across as a well-researched individual and seems much more knowledgeable about things that most other class-mates don't really care about. They're slightly annoying, because they ask a million questions and often dispute what the teacher is saying, making it hard for those less-intelligent students to trust what they're being taught (secretly the teacher doesn't like this student either).

Example: "Excuse me, Mrs Patterson, but aren't we supposed to be on chapter 3 of this unit? And didn't we already cover this entire syllabus in Grade 3?"

The zombie kid

This classroom character causes no physical damage or harm to the classroom, but comes to school half-asleep and is continuously nodding off during lessons. They tend to fall behind the syllabus as a result. They have slow reaction-time, which makes it easier for other kids to throw things at him/her. 

Example: Teacher: "Tommy, would you care to tell us your thoughts on renewable energy after what we've learned today?"

Tommy: "............."

The 'not-so-switched-on' kid

The kid whose parents didn’t keep back the previous year, even though the teacher highly recommended it. He now holds up the entire class while the teacher has to re-explain things that are often completely unrelated to the lesson.

Example: Teacher: Let's brainstorm some rhyming words: tree, me, bee
Student: elephant 

The absent kid

You knew their name, but you had no clue what they looked like, because they were never there.

Example: "Morning, Mam. I was absent for three weeks, did I miss anything?"

Teacher: "Nope, we just sat here and spoke about how much we missed you"

The popular kid

The popular kid is envied by most, has all the latest gadgets and tends to be accompanied by a troop of adoring fans at break-time. Even their pencil-cases are cool. Popular kids are likely to be the first to experiment in underage drinking and smoking and don't always stay 'cool' when they're older.

Example: "Hi Johnny, can I be your friend?"

Johnny: "No, you wear Crocs".

The mute

A great listener.  If they have friends, they speak only when no one else can hear them. Often hard to tell what emotions they are feeling due to lack of facial expressions.

Example: Teacher: "All okay over there, Silent Sam?"

Silent Sam: *nods head

The smelly kid

Whether you're offended by this or not, teachers will confirm that every class has a smelly kid. Whether due to lack of guidance in personal hygiene or simply because their bodies have a way of turning breakfast into gas at an impressive speed, the smelly kid usually sits alone, and his few friends. 

Example: Teacher: "Excuse me, Caira, please move over two seats"

You: "Sure" (thinking in head) but he smells horrible and he doesn't shower!

The class-clown

ADHD alert! The class-clown is always stationed at the back of the classroom. Armed with pea-shooting devices and cheeky one-liners. He is also the one responsible for class-detention and shortened break-times. 

Teachers often struggle not to laugh at some of this student's jokes (which are often regurgitated jokes from dad told the wrong way around).

Example: Class-clown: "In what school do you learn to greet people?

                                   HI School"

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