You will meet many teachers in your life.
Some you will adore: they will inspire you, elevate you, teach you a lot, they may even influence what you become, they will settle into your hearts.
You will want to send others out of the class: they will teach you how to stand up for yourself, how to temper your anger, how to prove yourself, or how to accept someone who gets on your nerves.
You will also come across boring, organised, anxious, maternal, hyperactive, health-obsessed teachers, and many, many more.
You may also be taught by some teachers that you won’t remember at all.
We humans are different. And just as you will meet many different people in your life, like different friends, relatives, bosses, so will you meet various teachers. But you will learn something from each.
Soooooo … be ready for …
Some ideas on how to tame your teacher
When you get to school, greet him. A small thing that means a lot.
Praise him a little here and there. Just when he deserves it.
Do your homework. Simple math says: no homework = annoying teacher and a long lecture about how your homework benefits you from working for it and…; homework = happy teacher, no lecture.
Be polite, respect the teacher. The teacher is your teacher. He is someone who wants to teach you something, someone who wants you well, someone who loves you. If the teacher respects you, you also respect the teacher.
Talk to your teacher. Teachers like to talk to our students. If you don’t understand something, tell him.
Help your classmates. When you study, when you get dressed, when you make friends, on sad days … You will become a real hero. I find this much more important than the greatest success.
So, my dear, you will have a great start to your year. It’s easier to get along with your teacher. If you trust him, if you respect him. And if you respect the teacher, he will respect you too.
And you know what?
The teacher will be tamed.
Yours truly, Teacher Nina
The original version of this article was published on September 2nd.