Taking the good with the bad

As students trudge through their education, they often encounter different types of teachers. Some are good, some are bad, and sometimes students have different opinions.

For me a good teacher requires patience and the ability to explain clearly. What use is a teacher if their students don’t understand them?

For instance, not all students are geniuses in math. If the teacher just writes the lesson down on the board without explaining it thoroughly to the class, the students may as well study with just a textbook. Teachers are here to teach, to help, to explain.

We’ve all had experience with bad teachers. The ones that ask you to give back an assignment without explaining the content, or that don’t prepare their lesson so that the student’s don’t learn half the things that they’re supposed to. However, it can be more complicated as everyone learns in different ways. Some are more receptive to visual learning, some to auditory learning and some to kinesthetic learning. If a teacher teaches in a visual way, an auditory student will find it harder to follow.

I remember being in a class and not understanding the lesson. The teacher just started talking and writing on the board. I didn’t understand a thing and at the end of class, he told us we’d be tested tomorrow. I was annoyed! He hadn’t explained properly and he’d only taken ten minutes to do it! I got a really bad grade on my test but it taught me that I needed to do a little extra work at home, however annoying, frustrating and time-consuming it may be.

If you are faced with a lazy teacher and you think that you’re not getting anything out of his/her classes, be independent. Research your subject, read textbooks, ask your teacher a lot of questions (this might motivate them) and spend a little extra time reviewing and working on the subject.

Remember that if you feel like it’s a problem, you can talk to your parents, your classmates, and other teachers.

At the end of the day, you can’t choose your teachers but you can learn how to make the best with what you have.

Poppy Nguyen Eastwood is a Grade 9 student at Lycée Français International Marguerite Duras