How Not To Annoy Your Teacher

Every teacher at West Clermont loves their job without doubt, but students do not always make that easy. While we often get to hear about how and what students feel about their teachers, it is rare that we come to know the opinions of teachers about their students.

Over the summer most teachers spent time in professional development, attending workshops and seminars covering the latest educational research and data. Teachers love that kind of stuff. Now that the new school year is beginning teachers can finally start to put all the information acquired on our time off to good use. For example, some studies show that students can actually start becoming annoying as early as twenty minutes into the first day of school.

I asked a few teachers what is it that they do not like their students doing or things that their students do that annoy them the most…..

So in the spirit of data-driven instruction and inspired by this helpful list of things that drive high school teachers nuts, I have conferred with my colleagues and came up with a list of things that drive high school teachers crazy. Below is a handy guide for students to positively reflect on how not to annoy your teacher.

1. Don’t ask your teacher for things that you can find out yourself.

Teachers are happy to answer their students’ questions about concepts they are covering in class, current issues, or nearly anything else that sparks discussion or satisfies intellectual curiosity. But are less thrilled about answering questions that students are too lazy to find the answer to themselves. Our school has a system for checking your grades online. Students should actually use it. If you aren’t sure when your paper is due. Check the syllabus. (Calton)

2. Look for the right time to ask questions.

Don’t walk up to your teacher in the hall and ask her your grade. Believe it or not, they do not have the grades of all 200 students memorized. The same goes for your score on the last test or whether or not you turned in a homework assignment from three days ago. Instead ask when it would be a good time to talk to her about your grade or missing assignments. And do not wait until the last week of the quarter to ask how to get your grade up or how you’re failing. Just don’t. Oh, and teachers hate when students rely on extra credit. It is an extra boost not a plan. (Heik)

3. Assume there is a plan for the class because there always is.

Don’t ask your teacher, “Are we doing anything in here today?” The answer is, ”yes” It’s always yes. And do NOT walk into the class asking “What are we doing today?” There is always some kind of bellwork or do-nows that hint the day’s lesson. (Calton)

4. Remember school goes on without you.

Similarly, if you’ve been absent, don’t ask, “Did we do anything in here yesterday?” Stay organized and do not pass up opportunities. A huge pet peeve of teachers is students that let their grades slip out of laziness. Do not waste opportunities. High school is filled with them and students barely realize that. (Souders)

5. Pay attention

Teachers constantly are doing their best to explain directions to students. Nothing is worse than spending a solid 10 minutes going into intense detail about what is to be done and after all of that being asked, “ugh okay, what do I do?” So stay off your phone, and at least pretend to be interested in what’s going on in class. Turn your chair or desk to face the teacher. Nod. Smile. Lean forward. Look engaged, amused, perplexed, or fascinated. But do not just stare blankly into space. And do not lay your head on your desk. It’s not enough to listen. You have to show that you are listening for teachers to not get frustrated with you. It is absolutely okay to have questions but if you were just zoning out and on your phone, it is annoying as all get out. (Sills)

6. Get off your phone.

Teachers know why you have your backpack on top or your desk. They know why you are staring into your own lap. And they know why you’ve stood your binder upright like a partition. Teachers don’t always interrupt class to call students out on it, but they know. And and they remember. It is simply rude to be on your phone while a teacher is only doing their job by educating you and preparing you for the future. (Bertsch)

7. Bathroom Breaks

Don’t ask to use the restroom during a new lesson or after your lunch break. It is common sense. (Calton)

Although the list seems long and specific, it is important to know that teachers care deeply for their students and it is easy to make them like you. As a whole, just being pleasant is the way to go. You do not have to know the answer at all times or even do your homework every night(though it is encouraged). Simply smile. Say hello. Speak when spoken too. These are common courtesies that your parents probably taught you. But in the busyness and stress of school, some students forget to extend these courtesies to their teachers.

The thing about some students is that even the best of them forget their manners. They get tired and frustrated. The school day is long and exhausting. It’s easy to fall into some less-than-pleasant habits. Teachers understand this. They still love their students and their jobs, and they try to be patient. A little sensitivity could go a long way toward making the school day better – for everyone.

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