Dear T2T: I like my English teach okay, but there is one problem that keeps happening and it totally bothers me. He always thinks I’m goofing off or sleeping when I’m not.
Like if I just drop a pencil, he seems to think I am bothering my neighbor. One time I was staring straight at the board, eyes wide open, and he accused me of falling asleep. I get embarrassed kind of easy and then kids will chime in and it really bothers me. I’m not the only one that this teacher does this to. There are other kids that get the same treatment. I realize that this might not seem like a big deal, but I am a little worried that my grade will take a hit if I am marked down for behavior. Do you have any suggestions on handling this teacher? I am not the kind of kid to approach him by myself, face to face so please don’t just say that. — Seriously Good Student
Dear Seriously Good Student: The best way to attack this problem is to approach it head-on. Since there are other students who have the same problem, get them together and talk with him as a group. Don’t think of it as a hostile or awkward confrontation, think of it as bettering your educational environment. Some teachers just act subconsciously, (imagine dealing with three hundred teenagers every day) and problems have to be pointed out to solve them. Also, be sure to keep your grades up. If you demonstrate good study habits, he’ll be less inclined to think you're goofing around. Lastly, if you're embarrassed by his actions and truly believe you don't deserve his accusations; call him out on it right when it happens. Chances are, if he’s wrong, he’ll realize it. If none of this works, agree to disagree. After all, not all your college professors or bosses are going to be the friendliest people. — Sincerely, T2T
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