It can’t be expected of teachers to be friends with every individual student. It just doesn’t work that way.
In the same way, not all teachers can be expected to get along. What I’m trying to encourage is a
system of rapport in the classroom. Students will be persuaded to achieve success in the classroom if
they believe that you understand them and that you have their best interests at heart. I connect most
with teachers who I have a personal connection with. These are teachers that know a little about me,
but are also people that I know a little about. With these teachers, I know that they won’t intentionally
give me work that is unreasonable. I know that I can also come to these people if I do feel that I’m
struggling and talk to them about working to a better solution.
My final point is the respect of time. All the time I see teachers, at the end of the quarter, cranking out
two tests in the space of a week. This might be bearable if it was only one teacher, but when multiple
do this, life can get incredibly stressful. Let’s assume that out of my seven classes I have three
teachers who I know will assign multiple tests during the last week of the quarter. Now let’s add the
other teachers who will only assign one. That is a total of at least ten tests in one week. Now assume
that I only have a week’s notice for these tests. It would be near impossible for me to study English,
Art, Math, both History classes, Spanish, and Driver’s Ed in one week on top of my regular
extra-curricular activities and responsibilities outside of school while still obtaining perfect scores.