What Does A Teacher’s Brain Look Like?

Have you ever wondered what makes your favorite teacher tick? What makes them ask such compelling questions and spur great discussions?

Or maybe you’ve had a day when you take a moment to reflect on how you ended up in the front of your classroom?

We recently saw this little graphic from WeAreTeachers, and thought that besides being a cute graphic, its a reminder that there are a lot of different pieces that need to come together to make a great teacher. It would make sense that every teacher has sections that are smaller or larger than illustrated here – sometimes depending on each class that they teach! But overall, I’m willing to bet that the caffeine section is a little small.

What do you think? Has the illustrator missed any important categories? What makes you tick?



  1. Susan Mazour

    May 29, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    The “papers to grade”, “lessons to plan” meetings and any type of reports need to be MUCH larger. Unless I missed it, there’s nothing about technology in this drawing. We need to learn and then use technology for instruction. This must be an elementary teacher’s brain as high school would not include “bulletin boards” or “criss cross apple sauce”. Many high school teachers would have a large section dedicated to extra-curricular activities and athletics.

  2. DSmall

    June 1, 2013 at 8:44 am

    We aren’t allowed to have unions, so that section would be replaced with worries about feeding our own children, losing Masters supplements, and buying all of our own resources… and it would be at least twice as big!

  3. Rebecca Hayes

    June 4, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    This graphic is hilarious! I love the variety of chores, descriptions, and academic jargon that makes up the teacher’s brain as viewed from a non-teacher or a student! We probably need to add a portion for technology since that is what we are trying to add to our already full teacher brains!! Maybe technology could be symbolized by a space helmet that covers the whole brain or head since technology has begun to permeate all that we tend to do. For example, does anyone use the phone system anymore? I tend to use emails more for communication with other teachers, parents, and students!!

  4. Kelly Thiel

    June 4, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    The piece that stuck out for me was personal life. I had a baby in April of 2012 and job shared this past year. I honestly found it a struggle many times to keep my head in the classroom game. I found myself thinking of my baby girl and sometimes wishing I was with her. I think changing up the way I do things and overcoming my fear of technology will add the excitement back into my career I need. I want a “How can I incorporate technology” piece added. That’s what will hopefully make me tick this year.

  5. EssayMall

    June 5, 2013 at 8:36 am

    I love this teacher’s brain graphic, it is quite true and hilarious, I really appreciate the efforts of designer who perfectly used his creativity to describe it well manner. A teacher is something an all rounder personalty for his/her pupils. Every student wants a teacher having top-notch intelligence, good sense of humor and very friendly way of talking so the student does never feel hesitance in order to ask questions or having discussion.