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"New" Teacher Issues - August 15th 2012, 07:25 AM

Hey everyone. I got my schedule for this school year today.. I'm excited for most of the classes..

The one class I'm not looking forward to is my Math class, not because of the material or anything, but because of the teacher. My teacher this year is someone I've had before. She was my teacher for my math class last year. I was failing, she told me I had no chance of passing a month before the semester even ended and I couldn't get the grade up, and I ended up dropping the class at semester. Now, I look at my schedule, and she's going to be my math teacher again.

So, what I'm asking is, does anyone have any ideas for dealing with unpleasant teachers, and basically maintaining my sanity? Any advice would be appreciated.
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Re: "New" Teacher Issues - August 15th 2012, 05:35 PM

Don't fall into the pattern of "Well, you don't like me, and I don't like you, so I won't do my work." I've done that a time or two, and really, it just makes things worse for yourself, because your grade goes down and the teacher gets frustrated. Instead, work as hard as you can at it, do a ton of studying, and ask as many questions as you need to completely understand the material. If your teacher says anything about you not putting enough work in, you can have your parents vouch for you. If she says anything rude to you or refuses to help you, talk to your principal or even higher up, because a teacher's job is to teach, not belittle.

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Re: "New" Teacher Issues - August 15th 2012, 08:53 PM

Ask her what her expectations of you are. Ask her beforehand what EXACTLY you need to do to pass. Write those down, then do your best to accomplish them. That way you have a concrete list of your goal rather then just guessing at whether you will pass or not until the end. You can also always ask her your grade in the class. You don't have to wait until report cards, she should be able to have it in front of her. That way you know when you need to speed up or if you're doing okay. If worse comes to worse go to the guidance office and ask if you can get a new teacher.

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Re: "New" Teacher Issues - August 17th 2012, 02:16 AM

I think the suggestions listed so far are good. I would also suggest that if you find yourself struggling with the material you go to the teacher right away. Also, it could be a good idea to get a tutor as well. Sometimes a teachers way of teaching makes math more complicated etc. And, check in with the teacher/keep track of your grade as best as possible to ensure that you are passing and if you find that you are not passing you can figure out what you need in order to get to a passing grade.

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Re: "New" Teacher Issues - August 21st 2012, 04:49 AM

Hey everyone!

Thanks for the suggestions. I went to Open House tonight and talked to my guidance counselor, and she rearranged my schedule for me, so I don't have that teacher anymore.
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Re: "New" Teacher Issues - August 21st 2012, 05:19 AM

I was going to suggest that. Glad to hear that things worked out!
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Re: "New" Teacher Issues - August 21st 2012, 05:59 AM

Since the issue has been resolved, I am closing this thread. =)

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