25 Signs You’re Teaching In 2015

25 Signs You’re Teaching In 2015

by TeachThought Staff

This post was updated from a 2012 post.

2015 is almost upon us, which means we’re somewhere between 1/6 and 1/7 of the way through the 21st century.

Which is an odd quantitative analysis, but does underscore that we’re past the point where “21st century” is an adequate label. These are odd times we live–and teach–in, the following 25 signs as proof that you’re teaching in 2015.


25 Signs You’re  Teaching In 2015

1. You think of clouds as good things.

2. You believe tagging is the new email.

3. The blogosphere is more relevant a term than the stratosphere.

4. You spent more this year on iPad peripherals than you have pencils and pens.

5. You giggle when you recall how you used to simply give tests at the end of a unit.

6. You google before you even try to remember.

7. You begged your school accountant for an iTunes card instead of your annual classroom fund.

8. Have actually used the phrase “digital citizenship” in a sentence with a straight face.

9. You’re in bad shape if the internet goes down during a lesson.

10. YouTube makes more sense than television.

11. You forgot what chalk does to your skin.

12. Flipping the classroom is an instructional strategy rather than a response to misbehavior.

13. You’re sure Vine is rotting your middle schooler’s brain.

14. Your district has a more transparent facebook policy than they do on assessment or curriculum mapping.

15. You’re scared to explain your blended, student-centered, mobile-centric classroom to parents, so you don’t mention any of it on the syllabus.

16. You’ve “crowdsourced” something–school supplies, for example.

17. You trade rooms with another teacher for a better Wi-Fi signal—and don’t tell them why.

18. You’ve texted during class, but have taken a student’s phone for doing the same.

19. You plan lessons assuming that every student has Wi-Fi broadband access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

20. Students blame passwords and log-in issues rather than the dog for eating their homework.

21. Your students have to explain certain technologies to you, but you pretend you already knew.

22. You seriously consider that if it’s not being talked about on twitter, it may not have happened.

23. You’ve spoken more recently with the tech leader in Mumbai than the new 10th grade Math teacher down the hall.

24. You’d never admit it, but you judge other people by the tech they carry.

25. You’re energized–and absolutely fatigued–by the rate of change in your craft as an educator early in the 21st century.

Image attribution flickr user intellfreepress; 25 Signs You Might Be A 21st Century Teacher


  • Not at broke schools…no iPads, wifi often breaks, maybe 1/3 of my students have internet access at home and that’s usually through a parent’s phone, and there’s no such thing as an annual classroom fund.

  • I fully agree with “Teach,” in that this list fully exemplifies what’s being written about now as the “digital divide.” The beginnings of a more humble version of this list? ” 1) You’re more interested in teaching about the context of information than the information itself. 2) Instead of asking a consultant what a rubric is, you’re now having classes design them themselves while discussing examples. 3) You’re more concerned about running into a student on Facebook than in the mall. 4) You provide students with primary source readings about a topic instead of a copy of your PowerPoint with the information in it 5) You’ve caught yourself looking at a data spreadsheet in hopes of knowing more about a student. 6) You’re introduced to another enormous initiative every time you show up to a faculty meeting. 7) You’re asked to use a lot of technology in the classroom that you’ve gotten little to no training on 8) The participants in conferences seem to self-segregate based on the amount of computers they have at their school. 9) You keep track of the news to find out what and how you’re supposed to teach. 10) You have a lot of homeless students 11) People are concerned, but they’re not as surprised about homeless students as they used to be …”

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