Teacher’s Enemy Number One
Forecast: You’re convinced Mrs. Iron Fist from history class was hired to ruin what should be the best years of your life. She sniffs out the unprepared and calls them to dazzle the class with their knowledge (or lack thereof). She gives quizzes unannounced. Who needs history textbooks—she’s giving you first-hand experience on life during a dictatorship. It’s time you stage the Rebellion of 2010.
The Bright Side: Behind many a terror teacher is an interesting individual who simply takes her roles as educator, mentor, and surrogate parent a little too seriously for us carefree gals to appreciate. What may be a boring lesson to you could be something truly fascinating if only you would show a little interest.
Don’t forget that you’re in school to learn. Remember too, that it’s your teacher’s job to make sure you go through school with a mind that has more than just your friends’ phone numbers.
Talk to her after class about something in the lesson that caught your attention—but be sincere about your interest and not just sip-sip. Ask her for advice or stories from when she was a student. Show that you really want to learn from her. It may take a little more effort on your part to break through that hard outer shell but who knows, you may find she has a genuinely sweet center.
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