The teacher always picks on me
studentNearly everyone gets into trouble at school sometimes, but some children seem to get into trouble at school a lot more than anyone else. If you are someone who seems to be getting into trouble a lot of the time with your teachers, this topic is for you.
Often children who get into trouble will say things like:
"It’s not my fault."
"I always get the blame," or even,
"The teacher always picks on me."
There are two kinds of attention you can get from the teacher.
* The good kind where you get help, praise and encouragement.
* The bad kind where you get into trouble, are given consequences (like warnings, time out, office time out, etc.) and the teacher always seems to be watching you, ready to catch you out.
What you need to do is aim for the good kind.
How do you do that? Well let's start with:
What you need to know about teachers
* They like eye contact from you when they are talking.
* They like you to ask and answer questions - of course you have to follow the classroom rules, like waiting until they've finished talking, putting up your hand, waiting until you're asked to speak.
* They like you to get organised quickly when they've given you a task. play
* They like you to do your best work.
* They are people too!
* They like you to ask for help if you need it.
* They like you to finish your work and hand it in on time.
* They like you to show good manners.
* They are good friends and good listeners when you need them to be.
* They don't live in the classroom cupboard! They have homes and families too.
If you think your teacher is 'picking' on you, maybe it's because she or he has learned that you like the 'bad' kind of attention? It's going to take your teacher a while to 'unlearn' that and then learn that you really like the 'good' kind of attention. school
What you can do to teach your teacher
* Look at the teacher and listen.
* Don't answer if friends talk to you (tell them later that you're trying to teach the teacher).
* Get organised with the right book, pencils etc. at the start of the lesson.
* Follow classroom rules about asking/answering questions.
* Get on with the task as soon as you know what it is.
* Ask the teacher if you don't understand what to do (you don't want to do some 'unlearning,' do you?)
* Check your work to see if you can improve it.
* Quietly get on with something else if your teacher is busy helping someone else. Hand your work in on time, or if you had a problem, ask if you can have extra time to do the work. (Ask as soon as you have the problem, not at the time when you are supposed to be handing in your finished work!) student
* Show your teacher how responsible you can be, eg. picking up things which have fallen down, sticking up displays which are falling down, reminding him/her about times when your class should be somewhere else and carrying out any jobs you have been given which help in class organisation.
* Show how well you can cooperate with others in group activities.