Many students have thought: my teacher hates me. Your teacher doesn’t actually hate you. But, as a former teacher, sadly, I can say that there are teachers who probably don’t like you very much. I witnessed teachers who disliked certain students and made little effort to hide it.
But, if your teacher doesn’t like you, there are a few things you can do to get back in her good graces. Here is our advice for what to do when you think (or even know): my teacher hates me!
Turn Over A New Leaf
If you think your teacher hates you, then change your behavior. While a teacher should be mature enough not to mistreat students, if you’re disliked you’re probably getting on your teacher’s nerves in some way.
Try to turn over a new leaf and change your behavior. Start paying more attention, listening, and not talking back. Offer to help her if you can. It will go a long way in helping your teacher to like you more.
Your teacher is likely stressed. That’s why she lashes out at times. But instead of sitting around complaining try to actually get to know your teacher. When you try to build a relationship with others it’s called rapport building.
Chances are you may have a lot in common with the teacher you think hates you. Ask honest questions, try to find common ground, and find ways to get to know your teacher on a more personal level. Even if you have little in common, try to at least take an interest in your teacher’s well being. Your teacher is human just like you!
Teachers are typically overworked and underpaid. They work with people half their age or more and the job can be very serious. Try to find ways to make your teacher laugh and he will appreciate you more.
Keep in mind, though, that your humor needs to be something a teacher can appreciate. So, don’t be crude or mocking. If you got to know your teacher a little bit through rapport building, then you should know what type of humor your teacher likes.
So, don’t just sit around thinking my teacher hates me and that you are powerless. You can actually do something about it. Get your teacher to like you and you will have a much easier time at school!