Bad teachers are everywhere – in high school, college and at work. If you haven’t experienced a bad teacher, give it time, you will.
If you’re in high school, you may not be able to express how you feel for bad teachers, meaning you no choice but to suck it up. In college, if you encounter bad teachers, you can withdraw from the course and enroll in another one.
Still, dropping out of a class because of a bad teacher will cost you time and money. It’ll cost you grant money if you’re receiving federal or state financial aid.
Does that mean you’re stuck with ol’ sourpuss? Well…It’s easier to “manage” the situation and learn what you can in the course.
1. Bad teachers experience human problems too
Contrary to student belief, bad teachers are humans. They breathe like you, talk like you and bleed like you. They cry, get hurt and fall into addictive behaviors like a normal person.
Listen, the world isn’t a Small World ride at Disneyland, where people prance around, enjoying the fact they’re alive.
Mean people, bad teachers included, exist in the real-world. Many bad teachers view life as self serving – a glass half-empty perception, where negativity abounds.
If you’re lucky enough to receive a bad teacher with such a personality, shift paradigms (put yourself in their shoes) to understand why they’re acting that way. There’s a reason for bad teachers because at some point they enjoined their job enough to go to college and receive credentialing.
Bad teachers have family problems. They’re stressed out dealing with students amid the political pressure of school administration.
Remeber, teachers are not robots. Teachers gossip about one another, some know how to deal with the pressure, others don’t. The teachers who don’t know how to handle it, lash out at students and eventually develop a reputation for being a bad teacher.
2. Find a silver lining in class
Class is a learning place. Teachers are subject matter experts sharing their knowledge and wisdom on a topic, but anything with a human element will encounter human problems.
Make the best of your situation at school. Don’t let bad teachers discourage you from gaining knowledge about a subject. Only you will reap the rewards or consequences, so do your best in class and work hard to achieve the best grade possible.
If you allow bad teachers to contaminate you with their pessimistic approach in school, you allow them to ruin your overall success in school. Don’t slack off or refuse to do your work because of bad teachers because who does it hurt? Certainly not teachers, it hurts you.
Your name appears on transcripts, a high school diploma or college degree. Why give bad teachers the time of day to ruin the good you’ve done?
3. Who cares what others say or do
School often becomes a popularity contest, and if you’re not running with the “cool” people, you’re not cool.
If peers decide to detest bad teachers, let them. If bad teachers treat you unpleasant or outright lack the expertise to effectively teach a course, invest more time in the textbook to learn what you can.
You control the amount of effort you put into a class. One bad grade on a homework assignment or test shouldn’t discourage you, but push you to do better the next time. Likewise, one bad teacher shouldn’t persuade you from doing well in school.
Sourpuss people are everywhere, working in professional positions such as teaching. Don’t let them to rub off on you. School may be hard because of a bad teacher, but understand the real world is a playground of bad people.
Stay positive. Don’t let sourpuss, negative, bad teachers get in the way of your future. Be a bigger person. Turn those sour lemons into tasty lemonade.