Posts Tagged ‘teacher’

Teacher’s Errors

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Don’t directly or indirectly point out the teacher’s errors in class, unless you already have evidence the teacher is okay with that. If it is something that is truly important, you can try to clarify with the teacher after class or after school.

There was a kid in one of my classes a few years back that constantly corrected the teacher. He was obviously a genius but also a social failure. He still got a great grade, but nobody, including the teacher liked him.

Don’t be a Grade Grubber

Monday, June 14th, 2010

While teachers do like the kids who check over their homework and tests afterwards, and ask questions, they don’t like the kids who seem to be focused primarily securing every single tenth of a point (even if they might be entitled). So even if you’re pretty sure you’re right, if right and wrong are not clear-cut or it is not a significant number of points involved, let it go.

Although you might need those points, it’s more important to make sure the teacher does not hate you.

Snooping the Teacher

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Find out whatever you can from students who have previously had that teacher or class what the teacher likes or doesn’t like, or what to expect at different points in the class.

To be honest, school is not a depiction of who is the smartest. It is an example of who can “play school” the best. Part of this is understanding the teacher and how to play to the teachers’ wishes.