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My teacher makes negative comments

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Added 25th March 2002 03:00 AM

I AM a 15-year-old boy in S2. My English teacher writes negative comments in my exercise book whenever I fail to get the questions right.

I AM a 15-year-old boy in S2. My English teacher writes negative comments in my exercise book whenever I fail to get the questions right.

Dear Counsellor, I AM a 15-year-old boy in S2. My English teacher writes negative comments in my exercise book whenever I fail to get the questions right. He writes comments like “poor”, “very weak”, “you are not serious.” These comments make feel that the teacher sees nothing of worth in me. He views me negatively. I too view him negatively whenever he comes to class. This is already affecting my performance in this subject. What can I do to make this teacher know how his comments affect me and that I am also a human being? Please help me. J.O.S. Kampala Dear J.O.S, It really hurts and humiliates to be branded “poor” or “very weak” by a teacher. These negative comments, as you term them, attack your self concept. They make you feel negative about yourself and lower your self -esteem. You should, however, perceive these words as comments made by the teacher in reference to your performance and not to you as a person. I believe your teacher is interested in your success. He may be using a comments to express his disappointment with your performance. You should also consider the consequences of viewing your teacher negatively. The attitude which you have towards your teacher determines how well you perform in the subject. Since these comments hurt your feelings you need to make this known to your teacher. You can do this through the director of studies, school counsellor or any other teacher whom you trust. If he learns of it he will change his approach. You can be helped out. Do not give up. Ends

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