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How to deal with a teacher who doesn't like you

Most teachers are incredibly supportive and want to see their students succeed; however, there are a few you may meet or have already encountered that call you out incessantly, embarrass you in front of the class or grade you harshly, making it seem like they're really *not* on your side. What's worse? Being treated like this can be demoralizing and hurt your classroom performance. Here are some tips on how to deal with this kind of teacher.

Be active in class
If you come to class prepared, participate and ask meaningful questions consistently, then your teacher will have less motive to "pick on" you and may have a better attitude toward you.

Go in for extra help
Show your teacher that you care about her class by staying after school or coming in beforehand. Ask them about a confusing assignment or questions on an upcoming test. Your teacher will be impressed by your determination and show you more respect during class in return. 

Talk with the teacher
If you still feel like you are being treated unfairly, talk to the teacher personally and bring up these concerns. If they are a good teacher, they will value your feedback and work with you. It's also nice to discuss these issues with the teacher first because it is a mature way of handling the situation.

Ask a parent/the principal for help
If you feel like you have exhausted all of your options, don't be afraid to talk to your parent or principal for help in confronting this particular teacher. Find someone who will advocate for you and make sure your classroom experience is more pleasant.

Have you ever had a difficult-to-get-alone-with teacher? How did you handle the situation? Let us know in the comments below!

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by Frannie Rooney | 8/29/2017
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