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Spanish Teacher's Making Us Muy Loco

by C Dog & A Dog
(Chicago)

Hola...

Mi amiga anne yo hacemos mucho problemas con nosotros profesor Senor Broska. El profesor es muy loco en la cabeza. Mi amiga Anne estuve muy enfermo el Miercoles pasado. Nosotros tuvimos un examencito este jueves. Mi amiga no sabio a el examen. Su computadora no fue trabajo y tambien no tuve su libro. Usted todavia hacer su llevo un examen. El es muy loco!!

enough Spanish...

My friend Anne and I are having problems with our Spanish teacher. He has done many things to try to bring down our grade. Counselors have talked to him and it's still out of hand. We go to our next period furious, and ready to take out everyone. We just want to slam doors. It has gotten very out of hand, and we are thinking about joining a shooting range. Please help, before things are taken too far. We need help. Thank you for reading this.

C Dog and A Dog



Response from Dr. DeFoore

Hello, and thanks for telling your story on this site--I especially like the bi-lingual touch!

I know it can be very hard when you have a teacher that seems to be working against you instead of with you. That can really interfere with education--which is why you're in school in the first place, right?

So, let's figure out what you can do that will be helpful to you and your friend Anne.

Consider these viewpoints:

1) The most important thing is for you and Anne to be relaxed, and to enjoy your education experience. The more relaxed and comfortable you are, the more easily you will learn, and the better you will retain your information.

2) With that in mind, it might be helpful for you and Anne to spend some time talking about why you're in the class, and what your goals are. Then make up your mind that you are going to stay focused on those goals while you're in the class, rather than being distracted by the actions of the teacher.

3) The idea is for you to take ownership of your learning process, and not allow the shortcomings of your teacher get in your way. If you focus too much on the teacher and allow your anger to escalate, it will interfere with your own educational goals. That's why it's so important to stay focused on what you want to accomplish in the class.

4) To help with that, you can state, with Anne, that you are going to enjoy your class each day before you go. Take a few minutes and visualize yourselves relaxed, smiling, having fun and focused on your tasks, as if the teacher were not even a problem for you.

5) If you let your anger dominate your thinking and feelings, you're giving way too much power to the teacher. By following my recommendations above, you will be reclaiming your power to be happy and healthy and to stay focused on learning and retaining your valuable education.

By the way, you must be learning Spanish pretty well, in light of how well you expressed your feelings at the beginning of your story!

All my best to you and Anne,

Dr. DeFoore

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