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Alice Yang
Yang is a contributing columnist for the Fort Bend Star.
She is a student at Stephen F. Austin High School-FBISD.

This column expresses the personal opinions/views of the writer. If you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column, write a SIGNED letter to the editor. Name can be withheld by request with a valid day time phone number.
 
The types of teachers  

Gone are the days where studying guarantees good grades and hard work garners that A plus. Today, survival of the school system requires smarts of a different kind.

Today, the smart student analyzes the type of teacher he has and builds studying habits in tune with each individualís style.

For the Iím-indifferent-and-Iím-lazy teacher, students most probably will have an easy time getting the grade. It is highly unlikely that the teacher will assign much homework due to the large amount of grading involved.

Likewise, tests and quizzes may be review questions straight from book. Memorizing the letters will suffice. Making up multiple-choice questions is just too much work.

For the I-hate-teaching-and-I-hate-students teacher, students will get the grade only with toleration and patience. It is highly possible the teacher got laid off from a higher paying job and is stuck with a second-rate career with a second-rate salary. Students need to tolerate the teacherís mood swings as well as grouch reflexes. But the upside is, tests and quizzes will be concrete and book-oriented, allowing students to achieve the grade.

For the I-think-Iím-doing-a-good-job-but-actually-Iím-not teacher, students need to learn to ignore the teacher and learn on their own. This one is a little tricky. The teacher may teach, but often it is misinformation, a brief synopsis, or a jumbled mess of the real thing. Here, it is up to the student to dutifully ignore the teacher with deference and crack open the textbook for some self-studying. Because when it comes to tests and quizzes, the teacherís questions are often book-oriented or off the Internet.

For the I-teach-well-but-my-tests-are-something-else teacher, the student is hopeless. With each unit, the student may feel like they have learned everything but when the test comes, it is obvious that the questions have nothing to do with what was studied. The teacher apparently believes the students can apply and expand what they have learned to harder problems, but that is not the case. However, all is not lost; there is always the possibility of a thirty-point curve.

Finally, for the I-teach-well-I-love-students-and-I-have-fair-tests teacher, students have entered classroom heaven. Nothing gets better when the work put in is paid off and the teacher enjoys a studentís presence. However, these gems are hard to find. A student is lucky to have one or two of these his whole high school career. Some extremely blessed people may encounter more. Some, none at all.

The school system isnít as innocent as it seems. Teachers no longer accept red apples and students no longer give them. But with a little cunningness and patience, students are still able to navigate through high school.

Yang is a contributing columnist for the Fort Bend Star. She is a student in FBISD.

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