7 Ways to Handle a "Bad Teacher"

Cameron Diaz and Phyllis Vance in Bad Teacher

This Friday is the release of the Cameron Diaz movie Bad Teacher. While we're definitely gonna have a good laugh watching Ms. Diaz as the worst instructor ever, the film got us thinking about real-life bad teachers. How does one handle these not-so-great educators? Here are some bad teacher behaviors we'll teach you how to expell from the classroom:

They make you watch movies instead of teach. You know what we're talking about—sometimes an educator's idea of teaching ancient history is to screen 300 (which besides being incredibly innacurate is only half-good).

What you should do: You report that laziness to the higher ups! Write a letter to the PTA explaining the situation and asking for a change in policy.

They don't explain things. A lot of teachers will simply expect you to grasp a concept, especially after they think they explained it to you (but really all they did was hear themselves talk more).

What you should do: Form a study group and get classmates to help each other out.

They have a discriminatory potty-mouth. Some teachers still use hateful language like they're stuck in the 1950s or something. Our content writer John mentioned a teacher of his who just couldn't stop using offensive slurs. Seriously, it was like she had word vomit. It just kept coming out every class.

What you should do: Innocently ask if you can create a pledge or petition to use respectful language for everyone in the class to sign, including the teacher. When he or she sees that discriminatory language should be left off of the list, maybe he or she will get it together.

They hit on students. Flirting with your Justin Bieber poster—totally cool. Flirting with your middle-aged teacher—totally creepy. A student should never be made to feel uncomfortable at school because of a teacher.

What you should do: If you're feeling creepy or inappropriate vibes from a teacher, make your personal boundaries clear by preventing any physical or prolonged eye contact. If you think those boundaries have been violated, explain the situation to an adult you trust.

They share too much of their personal life. It's all good to hear about your teacher's dog or cat, but sometimes you get an instructor who talks about how he/she cried about being alone on Friday night or his/her messy divorce.

What you should do: Anonymously slip a mental health hotline list on the teacher's desk after class.

They are mean to you in front of everyone. Bullying includes when a teacher will be mean to a certain person to get other students to like him or her.

What you should do: Review your school's anti-bullying policy, and make sure that it includes teachers' treatment of students.

They give too much homework. Despite all of your other schoolwork and activities, a teacher thinks you have time to read a Russian war novel.

What you should do: Wish we could help you on this one. Maybe convince them that too much homework causes too much stress.