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Getting along with your teachers...

Unfortunately, schools are never ever perfect and not all teachers are perfect either. Sometimes, teachers are just not suited to the difficult task of guiding teenagers.

Trust me! It’s not an easy job!

If you encounter a difficult teacher, or for some reason you just cannot get along with a teacher, there are some good points you may like to consider to help you through.

Firstly, it’s really important that you don’t make it personal… even if you feel like the teacher is making it their mission to single you out and make your life a misery! Never make it your personal vendetta to draw other students together against a teacher! Your experience is your experience, and you need to be mature dealing with this issue. I’m not saying to be silent or think it’s all your fault all the time. There is just a right and a wrong way of dealing with a teacher/student clash.

First, try talking to your parents, pastoral care teacher, Year Level Coordinator or School Chaplain/Welfare Officer. If that doesn’t help, or if you feel that it is an important enough issue, seek out a meeting with your School Principal. Generally speaking, though, your Year Level Coordinator should be able to offer you valuable guidance and strategies to sort through issues you have with a teacher.

Certainly, a teacher should NEVER put you down in front of students (or by yourself for that matter!). Neither should a teacher intimidate you in any way. Make sure you discuss how you feel with someone whom you trust, if you feel you are being picked on or victimised by a teacher. You may have to be taught by this teacher for a few years so it’s best to try and resolve any issues as early as possible. As a word of caution here, don’t try and inflame the issue by being rude or disrespectful to the teacher concerned. It just doesn’t help either of you.

Tips for getting along with your teachers...

  • respect
    Show respect for your teachers at all times. You may not always agree with them and you may not always feel like settling down and paying attention in class, but you do need to demonstrate that you can give a basic level of care and respect towards adults.

  • listen
    Listening is a learnt skill and one that is very important during your high school years. It is also a sign of respect for your teacher when you listen. Your eye contact will also help demonstrate your attention. You will also miss out on valuable information and instructions if you don’t listen.

  • seek further explanation
    You will not always understand everything that you see and hear in class. If you are unsure about something or a task that needs to be completed, speak to your teacher about it. Ask the questions. If the teacher is too busy, ask to arrange a suitable time that you can ask the questions you need for further clarification.

  • never gossip about your teacher
    Spreading gossip means talking about someone behind his or her back. It’s all hurtful, no matter how serious you might think. Live by the rule to never say anything about someone that you wouldn’t be comfortable saying to one’s face.
    If you hear a rumour or story about a teacher, do not pass it on! It would be better — in a circumstance where you hear some gossip about a teacher — to speak to someone else in authority, such as your class teacher or school counsellor.


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