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Having difficulties with a teacher is common, but it can turn into a larger problem if you don’t deal with it on time. Here are a few things you can do to resolve your issues with a teacher.
Understand the problem
Understanding what the problem is between you and your teacher is important, and you can do this by asking yourself simple questions such as:
- Am I the only one who has issues with this teacher, or are there others?
- Do I have troubles with this teacher every day, or once in a while?
- How does this affect me and my marks?
Sometimes, your personality just doesn’t gel well with your teacher’s. Remember that people have different personalities and yes, teachers are people too. Another possibility could be that a teacher is picking on you specifically. If that’s the case, then different action would need to be taken. Try to understand what the issue is first, as this will help you figure out what to do.
Let your guardian know early on
Don’t keep quiet and don’t wait until it’s too late to tell your parent/guardian about the situation. When discussing the best course of action to take, be honest with them. Do you want them to meet with the teacher, the principal or would you rather take care of the problem yourself? You may need their support in dealing with the situation either now or in the future, so let them know what’s going on as soon as you can.
Keep a record
It’s good to keep a list of any incidents you have with the teacher, writing down as much detail as you can. The date, location and other info such as who else was present at the time are all important things to document, because you may forget these further down the line.
Speak to them (if you can)
Speaking to a teacher about a tricky topic can be nerve-wracking. However, sometimes that’s the quickest way to resolve your issues. Ask if you can speak to them after class one-on-one. Remember to be calm and respectful when speaking. The point is to show them that you are willing to work with them, not against them.
If needed, take it further
If you’ve tried to speak to the teacher and that hasn’t worked, then you may need to take it up with the relevant authority at your school such as a head of the department (HOD) or the principal. It’s a good idea to bring a trusted adult for support when doing this. Remember to be clear in explaining the situation, respectful when speaking and show you want to resolve the problem quickly.
Remember that you don’t have to be a teacher’s pet or their best friend, but having a good relationship with them is important. At the end of the day, what matters is your education, and you deserve a fair opportunity at acing all of your subjects, whether you get along with the teacher or not. Good luck!