We know there are plenty of stereotypes about teachers, but ultimately they are real people with real feelings. Your teachers are just trying to do their jobs and help you learn. They aren’t trying to make your life a living hell. They’re not trying to give you homework because they hate you. They’re teaching, and you’re supposed to be learning.
To make your life and your teachers’ lives easier, don’t do the following:
1. Sass them
There’s always that kid in class who gets a kick out of sassing the teacher. They think they’re being funny, and some teachers might laugh. But it’s generally not a good idea to pull the sarcasm card on the person who controls your grades.
2. Ignore them
I had a class with a kid who would literally ignore our teacher every time she spoke to him. It was really obnoxious, and he landed himself in detention A LOT.
3. Be mean to them
I also had classes with some kids who were downright awful to one of my teachers. He was pretty old and kind of grumpy, but these kids were so mean to him. They threw paper at him when he was writing on the white board and played a lot of pranks. Not cool.
4. Flirt with them
DO NOT FLIRT WITH YOUR TEACHER EVER.
5. Hook up with or date them
I don’t care what Pretty Little Liars says. IT IS NEVER OKAY TO DATE OR HOOK UP WITH YOUR TEACHER UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.
6. Try to be their best friend
You can be friendly with teachers and consider them mentors, but being a teacher’s BFF is crossing a line. I have some teachers I’ve stayed in touch with over the years and would consider friends now that I’ve long graduated from high school. But it’s important to keep that teacher-student relationship as just that while you’re in school.
7. Ask them for free bonus points
Do not be that student who asks for bonus points without having to do any actual work. If you want extra credit, ask if there are any extra assignments you can do to boost your grade.
8. Lie to them
Your teacher will always know when you’re lying to them. Seriously.
What other things should you never do to your teacher? Tell us in the comments below!
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