Teachers are a very important part of our society. If you think back to all the people in your life who have been good influences, there are probably at least a couple of teachers among them. At all levels of education, a good teacher can make all the difference in a person’s life. They can help us to become interested in topics that we never thought were interesting and they can provide examples for us of good behavior. However, trouble with a teacher can be as destructive as a good relationship with a teacher can be productive.
In almost every child’s life there will be good and bad relationships with teachers. There will be teachers who, for some reason, will affect us in a negative way. Similarly, the teacher will have certain bad experiences with particular students. There are good and bad ways to deal with teacher trouble. Some of the worst ways have terrible consequences for both students and teachers. If you are a student, or if your child is a student, consider pursuing only the most positive methods for handling teacher trouble.
Described below are some ideas which may help you fix whatever teacher troubles you might have:
1. Sit down and talk with the teacher. If you are the parent have a conference between yourself, the teacher, and the child. Talk openly about the problem but do not confront the teacher or place blame. The problem is that teachers work extremely hard and are paid very little. If you come to them in anger there is little chance that anything productive will come of it. Explain the situation which concerns you and make it clear that you want to help. Be a willing friend to both your child and the teacher. If you are the student, ask a parent to come with you to help you talk with your teacher or just speak to the teacher yourself.
2. Bring the teacher a treat or a gift. If you have gotten on the wrong side of a teacher you might just be able to turn things around by giving them a gift or showing a little affection. It doesn’t have to cost a lot or take a great deal of effort.
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3. Do good work. This might seem obvious, but there is nothing worse for a teacher than a student who will not do their work. Teachers have one job, which is to make sure that their students learn certain key concepts and skills. The more difficult you make it for them to do this, the more difficult their job becomes.
4. Consider that the problem might reside in you and not in the teacher. Is it possible that your bad behavior or your child’s bad behavior is causing the trouble? Try being helpful instead of bothersome. Realize, too, that some teachers might simply be having a difficult year. Teachers are people like you and me and they deserve to be cut some slack.
5. Have a conference with the principal and the teacher if you have already confronted the teacher about the problem to no avail. However, don’t go behind the teacher’s back to try to fix the problem. Speak openly without condemning the teacher. Try to work together to find a positive solution to your problem.
Following these basic tips you can resolve all issues affecting a student-teacher relationship. If your trouble still persists after following these steps, take your concerns to your principal. With a little work you should be able to find a positive resolution to your troubles.