Kaleigh Macleod on teachers

Kaleigh Macleod on teachers

Admit it. Being a teacher isn’t easy, especially a high school teacher. High school teachers have to deal with more stubbornness, attitude and drama than an elementary teacher might think is possible. Even if all their students are angels, grading tests and creating lesson plans has to take its toll. However, sometimes what they do, what they assign and how they treat us can get on our nerves. Here are a few of them:

1)      2 wrongs+1 right=3 rights. This is basically the idea that putting an academically motivated student in a group with two or more students who don’t care will magically cause the two apathetic students to step up. This method worked in first grade, but not now. After age 13, a student’s mind is made up. Either education matters or it doesn’t. The best thing to do with students who don’t care is to disperse them as evenly as possible throughout the class.

2)      Treating students like little kids. It’s like some teachers don’t know the difference. In one class we’re expected to act 30 already, then the bell rings and we’re 3rd graders. Just treat us like we’re in high school.

3)      The “You all are in an IB school” speech. When a class is acting up, many teachers will loudly express their disbelief that IB students could possibly be so impolite. Not to say we should act that way, but we got into IB for being smart, not nice.

4)      Punishing the whole class. This one can actually be justified, like when the entire class did something bad. This kind of discipline just shouldn’t be used when only a few students misbehaved. What’s supposed to happen in that case? Are the perpetrators supposed to feel guilty? It seems like lashing out in frustration rather than delivering an appropriate consequence.

5)      Yelling. This is often with good reason, because the class is misbehaving. It’s just not very effective, and it’s not fun to sit through. And for the students who didn’t do anything wrong it’s just annoying.

So those are some things for teachers to avoid if they want to be on their students’ good sides, but what about things they do right?

1)      Giving ‘break days’. These are the classes where we get to watch movies or do projects that are a little more fun. These days get students out of their routine a little, and that’s often a good thing. Plus, it’s fun.

2)      Giving multiple choice tests. Given, these tests are usually part of the curriculum, but it’s nice not to have to write paragraphs.

3)      Telling life stories. It’s sort of like break days. It gives us a break and something entertaining to listen to.

So those are a few things teachers do right and some they do wrong. There are plenty more for both and some teachers do more of one than the other. And even if one of your teachers is the most annoying person you know, at least be grateful that they’re there at all.