Dear Granddaddy, why doesnâ€™t my teacher like me? Jerry- likable high school kid.
Jerry, sometimes we misread our teachers and their true intentions. And sometimes we think people donâ€™t like us when they really do. However, the field of education is like most other fields in that there is usually some kind of bell shape curve in almost all of the dynamics and interactions that take place there.
So, what does this mean for you, Jerry? Well, according to the bell curve phenomenon, about ten percent of the people out there, including your teachers, will really like you, regardless of what you do or donâ€™t do. Also, the other end of the spectrum is true as well, in that ten percent of the people wonâ€™t like you regardless of what you do or donâ€™t do.
Now, for the eighty percent that remain, as long as you treat them right and do what youâ€™re supposed to do, theyâ€™re going to be okay with you. And that includes your teachers, Jerry. Yup. Teachers.
So, chances are that roughly eight out of every ten teachers that you have will like you as long as youâ€™re trying to do well and be a good person, Jerry. This is a no brainer. Of course, every one of us should always be trying our best to do well and be a good person. So, as long as youâ€™re doing that, the numbers are on your side.
Now, for those one or two teachers who may not like you, I say once again, â€śHey, the math is still on your side.â€ť Donâ€™t worry about that occasional teacher or person who doesnâ€™t like you. These people, and all kinds of people, will constantly come into and go out of your life. Youâ€™ll eventually get used to it. So, always remember that the numbers are in your favor. The teachers and other people who are going to be on your side will far outnumber those who arenâ€™t. And donâ€™t forget that, kiddo. Donâ€™t let the few cloud your sight and make you forget the many who are with youâ€¦
Dan Blanchard is a bestselling and an award-winning author, speaker, and educator.