Getting on your Teacher’s Good Side

girl leaning on top of her booksDo you want to get on your teacher’s good side without necessarily becoming a teacher’s pet?  There are a lot of things that you can do to get on your teacher’s good side.  Remember, though, teachers are really smart.  They will be able to tell if you’re trying to kiss-up to them.  Although sometimes this can help you to get on your teacher’s good side, try to just be nice and compliment them without looking like you’re intentionally kissing-up.  The best thing to do, first of all, is to show to your teacher that you are willing and excited to learn about what they are going to teach you.  Having a positive attitude toward what you are learning always helps you to get along better with your teacher.

Here are a couple more easy tips to help you get on your teacher’s good side:

  1. Use polite language when talking to your teacher: Say lots of “pleases” and “thank-yous” when talking to your teacher.  Also, look at your teacher in the eye when you are speaking to them or listening to them speak to you.  Eye contact is very important, and it helps your teacher to feel like you are listening to what they have to say!  Some teachers also love to hear “sirs,” “madams,” or “misses.”  Never be rude or mean when speaking to your teacher – that won’t help you to get on their good side at all!  Remember, teachers are people too, and they have feelings!
  2. Don’t make excuses: Teachers can always tell when a student is making excuses for poor performance in class.  Let’s be honest, no teacher wants to hear, “The dog ate my homework.”  Be as responsible as you can with your homework, so that you won’t be tempted to make up excuses!  If you have a real problem that’s affecting your schoolwork, be honest with your teacher and tell them about the situation.  Even though we can’t guarantee that you’ll get a better grade from your teacher for doing this, they will appreciate your honesty and openness with them.
  3. Ask questions: This is a great way to get on your teacher’s good side and show that you are willing to learn!  Raise your hand whenever you have a real question – just don’t raise your hand so much that you start to become annoying to your teacher!  Make sure that you ask relevant and thoughtful questions that will help you to better understand what’s being taught.  If you will still are having difficulty understanding concepts, go in for tutoring a couple times after class.  This will show you’re teacher that you take his/her class seriously, and it’s an easy way to get on the good side of your teacher!
  4. Don’t talk to your crush during class! It’s kind of obvious – talking to your friends or your crush during class is one of the best ways to get on your teacher’s bad side!  Teachers always like the students that are good, attentive listeners.  Text messaging your friends during school is also a bad idea.  If your teacher sees you doing this, they will get the impression that you don’t care about their class or listening to them.  Class may not be as fun, but you’ll need to put your cellphone in your backpack and save the texts for another time.

Always be very respectful to your teacher and don’t give the impression that you aren’t respectful.  For example, chatting and whispering is one of the easiest ways to destroy a relationship of respect between a teacher and a student – it is easy for the teacher to think that you are whispering about them!  Instead of whispering or talking, focus on listening to what the teacher has to say, and you’ll be on your way to getting on their good side!