How to deal with a bad high school teacher

United States
January 30, 2009 9:45am CST
I have a really bad and annoying teacher that everybody hates, and nobody knows how to deal with him.
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@Bebs08 (10691)
• United States
30 Jan 09
Well, you did not state here what actions your teacher has that he make him bad to everybody. There are reasons also why teachers are strict and hard to the students. Students now a days a hard to control when the teacher is lax. But as a teacher, he should also know how to deal with his students in a way that they will respect him instead of being mad at him and labeled him bad teacher. You can tell the principal about it so that his attention will be called and he would realize for a change of attitude. Or maybe he has personal problems that affect his attitude and his dealings with others? You can find it out so that you and other students would have room for understanding why he acted that way. Good luck!!
• United States
30 Jan 09
Well from what he told us in the beginning of the year I don't think it's anything happening at home that's making him the way he is. He just tries to joke around with us too much, and when we need instruction he gets really sarcastic with us. I will for sure be talking to the principal about him, thanks.
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@Bebs08 (10691)
• United States
30 Jan 09
well, there are times that students also lost respect to teachers when they joke a lot with them and the way the students treat them even in asking instructions has no distinction that he is their teacher. Well, what I would say is that, he wants to be respected when it comes to requirements and instructions, students must put distinction on the way how they ask, you know what I mean? I am a teacher and I know that picture you are saying. Teachers should put a limit with their jokes because students will abuse them in some ways. Maybe you should ask him in a respectful way not like he is just with your level. Good luck.
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• United States
31 Jan 09
It is a shame that the teacher is wasting your time as a student. I agree to speak with the principle, but I would go a step further and get in contact with your PTA. They will be more motivated in my opinion to correct the problem.
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• Romania
30 Jan 09
You must have patience, and eventually you will graduate , i think that is the only way, because if you try to deal with him you will get expelled, so good luck
• United States
30 Jan 09
I've been trying to get myself to have that, yeah. I know I'm not gonna go and do something stupid that would get me in trouble, so I'm just pacing along, waiting for summer to come.
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• Mauritius
30 Jan 09
If the whole class do not like him/his behavior all that you can report to the headmaster. We did this once. We wrote a letter to the headmaster with everyone's signature on that and we also explained to the headmaster about his odd behavior and we got another maths teacher
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@lokiblitz (169)
• Philippines
30 Jan 09
I will just be myself,i will also not behave badly.As long as the teacher doesnt have a personal grudge against you then its much better if youll just ignore her and do what youre supposed to do in shool.
• Canada
30 Jan 09
Hi Jacob and welcome to myLot :) I hope you'll enjoy posting here. You said that your teacher is "really bad and annoying" and that everybody hates him... but you haven't said why. It's pretty normal for students to dislike certain teachers or to determine that their teaching methods, grading style or just their personality is "bad" or "annoying." I'm sure you've heard a lot of students say that they are underachieving in a class because the teacher "hates them." Realistically, this is probably not happening on either side... the student/teacher relationship, especially in high school, can even start to be a power struggle, as students are at an age where they are trying to grow up and teachers are often a "block," just as they find their parents to be, at home. If your teacher is truly doing things that are inappropriate or is not teaching you the curriculum that is required, etc., then I think you should discuss this first with your parent(s) or guardian(s). If they, too, feel that something is wrong in that teacher's classroom, then it needs to be brought up with the school administration or even the school board, if necessary.
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• United States
30 Jan 09
Thanks, and yeah, his behavior in the classroom is just odd to everybody. He tries repeating what other kids in my class say to try and sound cool or something and he ends up sounding like a racist (he's white, some kids in my class are black), and his grading makes no sense at all. The highest grade you can get on a project is a B unless you have one of the top papers. So even if you do all of the work exactly how he says and it looks perfect, you may still only get a 90.
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• Canada
31 Jan 09
Oh! Not so good when teachers try to be friends before instructors. My daughter is having this exact problem with her math teacher. She's in the gifted program and the math teacher is very demanding (as everyone agrees she should be, since math is a critical subject). However, this teacher takes long breaks out of class during instruction time (spending up to 30 mins of a class in another teacher's room or in the staff room, leaving her own students unattended), she screams at them (she's not good on the temper thing) and she has also called students "stupid" or "dumb@$$" (don't want to offend anyone, so masking...). She is young and I think she forgets sometimes that she is NOT one of the students. She flew into a rage just this week because someone erased her homework board. She decided it was someone in my daughter's class, even though she had no proof. She barged right into their next class (Science) where they were watching a video and rudely told their teacher "Turn that off!". She then proceeded to yell at them about how much she hates their class, how she doesn't want to teach them anymore, etc., and AGAIN, no proof of the guilty party. There was another class entering as my daughter's class was leaving so it could have been anyone. Or, someone could have wandered in from the hallway and erased it, thinking it was funny. Needless to say, I will be contacting the school about this situation. As to grading, if you think his system is unfair, ask him to explain to you how he determines grades... or ask him to explain why you can't seem to break the "glass ceiling" on papers and such. If he doesn't have a concrete reason for not grading higher, if it's merited, someone should definitely question it or draw some attention to it. It's not easy for kids doing their very best work to feel unrecognized or penalized without what they believe is just cause. Good luck! :)
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• United States
3 Feb 09
thanks so much, I'm looking at every possible angle to my question.
• Malaysia
1 Feb 09
I think you should try with different ways.. while others keep avoiding him/her, try to consult her more.. maybe he/she wants his/her students to be more independent.. try to befriend with your teacher.. because every person has different perception about others..
• United States
2 Feb 09
I think that the teacher's froiendliness is part of the problem, but other than that I think you have some good ideas.
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• United States
3 Feb 09
thanks, i'll try this new approach and see if anything changes
@rmuxagirl (7570)
• United States
31 Jan 09
I dealt with bad teachers by keep telling myself that soon I wouldn't have to deal with them..I did my work the way I was supposed to and just ignored what was annoying me the most. You aren't always going to have a teacher you will like.
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• United States
3 Feb 09
that's the way i've been handling it the past few days, and i havent had a drastic problem really. thanks for the response
• United States
31 Jan 09
There is always a teacher like that. I went to Catholic School, so all my teachers were resented and mean. Keep your head up and do exceptionally well in spite of them. The best revenge is success.
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@masata (408)
• Indonesia
31 Jan 09
I personally never have experience like that. But what I can suggest is that just try to avoid him/her as much as you can. When you are required to do homework or any other sort of things, you just follow it. Try to respect him/her in the class only and forget about him/her outside...
• China
31 Jan 09
Wow... Really? A teacher that everyone hates?? How could it be that??? Do you mean that she or he is a gabber and he or she is eccentric?? If your teacher is old, i think perhaps there is a generation gap between you and your teacher so that you can't understand each other better. I am also a student, but i don't hate my teachers inwardly. Sometimes i don't like him or her just because he or she is too severe or she gives us a lot of homework. To be honest, teachers are all responsible and they have a good heart. They are people who are worth respecting. So i don't know why you have this kind of feeling, be patient! If your teacher is really boring and everyone can't bear him or her, then consider to replace. Hehe... Good luck!!!