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Teacher’s Pets VS. Teacher’s Pests.

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Every teacher has a certain kind of student in every class of the day. Sometimes that student is easy to connect with and is a big help in the class. On the other hand, sometimes the student is nothing but an unknowingly annoying distraction. It is understood there is a difference between the two types of students, but what classifies one as the teacher’s pet and the other one as the teacher’s pest?

A teacher’s pet is a student who is able to connect with the teacher, whether it be through personal experiences, passion for the subject, or just through personality. The teacher is likely to choose this student to help inside and outside of the classroom first because they tend to be reliable and easy to work with. The feeling is mutual between the teacher and the student, making it a happy environment. On the other side, the teacher’s pest is similar with a few major changes.

“Teacher’s pets are usually super nice, while the annoying kids in the class aren’t usually the brightest kids in the bunch,” junior Brooke Toffel said. “I have two of those kinds of kids in my English class and they waste a lot of time and the whole class gets annoyed, especially the teacher.”

A teacher’s pest is a student who feels a bond towards the teacher or feels that the teacher has a strong liking for them. In reality, it is not as they think. The teacher typically does not like this student as much as the student believes, and the teacher can become uncomfortable with the situation. The student tends to bug the teacher more than help, even though they offer all of their unwanted services to the teacher. Both types of students are obvious to the class and can also affect how the students feel.

“Sometimes the teacher’s ‘pets’ can become a distraction,” freshman Mallory Rose said, “because there are instances where the teacher’s pet gains some sort of advantage or reward, making it unfair to the other students. Also, it is awkward seeing a teacher obviously annoyed by a student almost every day because of how much the student is trying to help or talk to the teacher.”

If a student comes into a situation where they are becoming a teacher’s pet, the student should try to realize that they need to limit how much they push on the teacher. It is best to let a teacher initiate conversation unless it is during the class and the student is making a related side note. The student should also only offer to help the teacher when the teacher asks for it or if it is clear the teacher could use the help.

With self-control, a teacher’s pet can control themselves from becoming a pesky teacher’s pest. Teachers and students alike are trying to get through classes with ease and comfort and knowing how to appropriately interact with teachers can make the difference.

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