By Chris Hunter and Dan Albanese (Graphic by Chris Hunter)
Q: What do I do if a teacher doesn’t like me?
Dan Albanese answers:
There can be a lot of pressure to make sure a teacher likes you, and if you’re concerned that one may not like you, there are several things you can do.
One option is screaming. I don’t mean shouting obscenities at the teacher, but instead, gradually raising your voice to a loud shriek. Scream at your friends. Scream at your pets. Go really deep into the woods and scream at a tree or some squirrels.
Another option is to just stop caring. Nobody can hurt you when you just don’t give a care. I stopped caring when I was 4. Do I regret it? Maybe, but I don’t really care enough to think about it. I’m too busy not caring about it. Am I going to regret this even more in the foreseeable future? Probably.
My favorite option, like in any situation, is to blow it as ridiculously out of proportion as possible. Did you get a C+ on your physics quiz? Mr. Gregory definitely knows that you despise the idea of physics and thinks you don’t care. If you get any grade less than an A-, you’re never going to get into college and you’re gonna die alone in a cardboard box which doubles as your house under the bridge on I-690.
Now if you ignore everything you’ve just read, you’ll be good. Especially in an environment like MPH, teachers want what’s best for their students. Not everyone is going to love physics as much as Mr. Gregory, and if you don’t, he probably won’t hold it against you. It’s really unlikely that a teacher actually dislikes you. Extremely unlikely.
But if you’re really sure that a teacher dislikes you, talk to Ms. Strickland. She can help you address the problem. But in all seriousness, no teacher is going to put actual effort into disliking you. Even after all the stupid stuff I’ve done, no teacher dislikes me — and I’ve done a lot of stupid stuff.
Chris Hunter answers:
This is a great question, Anonymous. This isn’t something to be taken lightly, as being disliked by a teacher is a major problem. But, there’s an easy solution. My plan, if a teacher doesn’t like me, is simply to run.
Run fast, and run far. Running is great cardio and good for the soul. It burns hundreds of calories, tones your body, and provides opportunities to socialize with other runners, as well as others who are hated by teachers.
But beware: muscle inflammation is a known problem among runners. To prevent this, stretch thoroughly. I recommend the Kneeling Hip-Flexor Stretch or some lunges, but more importantly, you need to stretch your calves with Calf Raises.
You may ask, “How far do I need to run?” When a teacher has become dissatisfied with your presence, a large sphere of pure anger is created around the teacher within a five-mile radius. As long as you’re outside of that sphere, you should be safe.
But to add a different perspective, if a teacher dislikes you, find ways you can prove you are a good student. It’s possible that the teacher dislikes you because of your behavior.
Look at yourself from the teacher’s perspective. It could be that you are the problem. Ask yourself: Do I talk during class? Do I turn homework in on time? Do I get to class on time? If the answers to these questions are “Yes, No and No” (in that order), you yourself may be the problem. Work on these to improve your relationship with your teacher.
If all of that doesn’t work, it could be possible that you two just might not get along with each other very well. Go out of your way to be more courteous to the teacher. You don’t have to be best friends, but the relationship should not affect your learning experience.