So you think your teacher is picking on you and you want it to stop? Well, first you need to know that getting on your teacher’s good side is not as hard as you think. You don’t have to be the goody two-shoes that sits in the front row with their index finger on their lips, but you do have to be willing to make some effort. Here are 10 tips to help you stay out of your teacher’s bad books:
1 // Keep your cool
If your teacher blames you for something you didn’t do. Keep calm and don’t answer back. Accept what your teacher says and if you think it’s unfair speak to the teacher after class. This will show your teacher that you are actually concerned about the accusation and don’t just want to create a scene in front of the class.
2 // Leave your shades at home and make eye contact
Teachers hate searching for pupils (pun intended). Make sure you look at your teacher when they are speaking to you. As appealing as it is to watch the year 7 kid doing the chicken dance in the playground, you must remember that teachers think that if you’re not looking at them then you’re not listening to them.
3 // Remember your gear
Believe it or not teachers often spend hours, sometimes days preparing lessons and for this reason they tend to get angry if you forget your equipment at home. Always bring your books, pens, ruler, diary etc. to class.
4 // Pssst…you shouldn’t whisper
Many students believe that if they whisper the teacher can’t hear them and most of the time they’re wrong. The quickest way to get on your teacher’s bad side is to whisper off topic. It is also important that you never personally attack the teacher. Complaining about the work is one thing but personal insults are hard to forget.
5 // Raise your hand if you don’t understand
If you’re confused about something related to the subject, raise your hand and ask questions. Teachers love helping and if they feel they’ve clarified something they’ll love it.
6 // Stay on track
When you hear your teacher say ‘start your work’, do it fast. Ignore distractions and let your teacher see you take the subject seriously. Don’t rush but make sure you’re always focused. You might feel your phone buzzing with a Facebook friend request but that really can wait!
7 // Stick with the program
If your teacher asks you a question and you don’t know the answer don’t try to make the class laugh, answer to the best of your ability. Even if you get the answer wrong, if you show interest your teacher will be pleased.
8 // Please and thanks
Teachers work really hard to get their message to you and if you’re polite they’ll feel appreciated. If you want make your teacher smile (even if it’s on the inside) say thank you at the end of the lesson, please. Oh and don’t go overboard, no one likes a suck up.
9 // Keep your eye on the goal
Even if you hate the subject and think the teacher’s really annoying, remember you’re only there for the lesson so you might as well have a go. Do your best and focus on trying to get the most out of each subject – you might find you actually like learning something new.
10 // Make a change but keep it real
If you really feel as though you are trying your best and the teacher is still picking on you, plan a time to meet with him/her to discuss the issue. Don’t tell your parents or school principal until you’ve spoken to your teacher first. If you TRULY believe that you are not doing anything wrong and the situation doesn’t change you must speak to your parents or guardian in order to get it all sorted. School should always be a place where you feel safe and if it’s not, be proactive and make a change!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Naomi Tsvirko is a high school English teacher and freelance writer based in Sydney, Australia. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary), both from the University of Technology, Sydney. Her work has featured on the SBS Radio youth program Alchemy, Razor’s Edge on 2ser and in print and online publications including HealthSmart Magazine, The Punch.com, Sydney’s Child, Precinct and WO! Online Magazine. Naomi blogs at writeaboutme.com.au and is currently writing her first novel (a YA fiction novel).