What do you do when you can’t stomach the person yakking in front of the blackboard?
You crossed your fingers and held your breath. You even wore your lucky purple socks on orientation day. No dice. You still got stuck with Mrs. I-Live-To-Make-All-Students-Suffer even this semester. It’s too late to switch classes, and you can only fake cramps so many days in a row before the school nurse gets suspicious. Basically, you’re trapped. But don’t let one teacher ruin your entire semester. You can’t afford someone to ruin you of course! I am here to give you a lesson teachers never teach us in school. I learn this from various seminars on teenage life. This is about: how to deal with a teacher who is the Queen of Mean.
Survival Tactic #1: Redirect Your Focus. Identify what it is about your teacher that gets to you. Is it her husky or squeaky voice? If so, lighten up and laugh it off. Serious problems, like teachers who guard bathroom passes like they’re diamond-studded, are harder to ignore. But once you narrow your resentment to a specific fault, the problem might not seem so monstrous. If it’s something you can overlook, release the death grip on your desk and focus on the schoolwork instead of the instructor.
#2: Kill Her With Kindness. Step into your teacher’s shoes for just a second. Fact is, she deals with loads of disrespectful, unmotivated students and, trust me, she’s not doing it for the pay – she’s doing it because she loves to teach. So maybe, just maybe she feels a little unappreciated. Confuse her by responding with a cheerful attitude. Perhaps your sweetness will rub off. Just try it…there’s nothing wrong in doing so anyway.
#3: Speak Up In Class. Class participation is a sure way to get on a teacher’s good side. Ask questions, voice opinions, show interest in the subject. If you don’t understand something, ask for help after class. Teachers love that stuff – it shows you care about the subject. Your teacher is bound to like you better – which means she’ll treat you better. As a bonus, you’ll rack up class participation points! Just don’t overdo your actions of course!
Tactic #4: Refuse To Lose. If it seems your teacher’s goal is to give students a rough way to go, don’t let her succeed with you! She already annoys you – don’t let her push you over the edge to mad, depressed and stressed. You can’t control her behavior, but you can control how you react to it. So practice patience, self-control and tolerance. Keeping cool doesn’t make you a wimp or goody-goody – it shows maturity.
#5: Call for Reinforcements. Quirky and annoying is one thing, but cruel and unfair is another. If your teacher says mean things or violates a school policy, tell the your adviser or your college dean perhaps. If you feel too intimidated to do that, ask your parents to take up the cause. They have some major influence in the school system, so if you’re truly being treated inappropriately, get them involved.
#6: Roll With The Punches. View the situation, your situation, as boot camp for the future. Throughout your life, you’ll have to deal with difficult people – a psycho colleague or control-freak co-worker. If all else fails, look at it this way: With the class periods being roughly two hours, your time with your teacher takes up less than one-half of one percent of your time. Take it easy. Piece of cake.