Your Teacher Is A Geek

The label of geek is thrown around a lot these days. But truly what is a geek? And is it a term you should be proud to associative yourself with, or should you take offence? defines a geek as:

A digital-technology expert or enthusiast (a term of pride as self-reference, but often used disparagingly by others)

Geek used to be a title reserved for professions such as IT, Software Development and Electronics. But now, as technology intrudes on nearly every aspect of life, the line is blurring and geeks are making their way into nearly every profession.

So how do you know if geeks have infiltrated your school? Or even more concerning, how do you know you have not become one yourself? To help unearth the technology elite in your school, here are the top 10 signs that your teacher is a geek:



Your teacher continually swipes the bottom of the blackboard to make it unlock



Comments on your returned essay are littered with hashtags (#needswork, #spelling, #winning, #edtech)



When you ask your teacher if you and your friends can “hangout”, they are impressed that you’ve joined Google+



You can see what lesson is up next by checking your teacher’s Facebook status



You have a better chance of getting an answer from your teacher on Quora than by raising your hand



When helping individual class members, your teacher checks in on Foursquare at each desk



You can only get the teacher’s attention by mimicking the iPhone alert sound



Your teacher salivates when talking about Gingerbread, Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich, but has no interest in desserts



Your report card comments are never greater than 140 characters



Stars and smiley face stickers have been replaced with ‘Like’ stickers (yes, they do exist)


Are you aware of other key signs that your teacher is a geek? Add them into the comments and lets grow this list.


Image courtesy of Flickr, katybate.


  1. You can tell your teacher is a geek by the fact that he/she can’t spell
    You can see what lesson is up next by checking your teachers Facebook status

    TEACHER’S, ignormaus

  2. Boy is our face red… Correction made and those responsible have been forced to write 300 lines:
    – Apostrophe before the s to show singular possession
    – Apostrophe before the s to show singular possession
    – Apostrophe before the s to show singular possession

  3. All of these except maybe #3 are hardly that geeky – every transgender person, woman, man and their dogs are on twitter, facebook etc etc. It’d be more geeky if you have to use Freenode to contact your teacher because they hate Zuckerberg and refuse to use proprietary platforms. Your essays are returned unmarked with a note demanding that next time you use a generic text program rather than Microsoft Word, and they’ve got an Arduino-powered laser pointer built into their sleeve.

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