Surprisingly, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have personality traits that adapt very well to English Teachers. Which one are you?


I am watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) and surprisingly, I’m enjoying it.

I was prepared to watch a film full of special effects and no story, while I am happy to read a strong subtext about diversity and being proud of who you are, despite not being accepted by society for your physical appearance (in fact, I think the Turtles in this film are shaped as black athletes, to talk more to specific parts of the audience).

One of the core messages is that each Turtle has weaknesses and strengths, and even if all of them are strong fighters, it’s when they work in team that they really shine and are able to overcome the biggest challenges.

I think this applies to many areas and it is definitely interesting when you run an English school with many teachers.

Each of us has his personality, and this doesn’t mean that one is better than another. There are organized teachers, improvisers, creative ones, calm and ordinary who want to follow instructions, uncanny, loud, introverts, extroverts, very academic and the ones who use puppets, nerds and surfers, and so on. Each of us resonates with specific students while doesn’t fit with others.

In my case, for example, I like rebels, the ones that nobody wants. I feel comfortable in improvising an activity, while I don’t like to follow specific instructions or being micromanaged, and I know that for many of my colleagues it’s exactly the opposite.

Does that mean I am a better teacher than them, or they are better than me? Absolutely not. Together, we complete each other. I am able to communicate better with certain students, while someone else will be able to communicate more effectively with a different kind of student.

This is why I believe that when hiring time comes, it is a good idea to bring as many personalities as possible in the school.
After all, one of the best aspects of this job is the variety of personalities you find among teachers.

I have been surprised to find out that the personality of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles can be applied to English Teachers as well, and while each of us is a complex individual and not a stylized cartoon character, I think we can all relate to a specific Turtle.

Knowing that, could help us understanding better our personality.


Leonardo is all strategy and no feelings.

As a teacher, you are good at following your lesson plan, but you might struggle with following the input of your students.

For you, respecting the lesson plan till the end is the most important thing, and as a result, your students lose interest.


Michelangelo is all heart, but no brains.

As a teacher, you sparkle all of your classes with a lot of fun activities, but because there is too much variety, you lack the educational part.

Your students might get excited and like you, but your classes don’t bring much educational value, and as a result, you are less effective than you could be.


Donatello is all logic, but no skill.

As a teacher, you might enjoy preparing your lessons meticulously and deal with the paperwork. Although this is an important aspect of the job, we deal with human beings, and what works on paper doesn’t always work in the real World.

As a result, you lack the ability to adapt to the input from your students, change parts of the lesson and improvise to have fun with them.


Raphael relies too much on his instinct and has no restraint.

As a teacher, while you are able to catch your students’ thoughts and react, improvising a brand new class following their input, your lack of planning your lessons makes them less effective than what they could be.

So what English Teacher Ninja Turtle are you?