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What causes some children to be the teacher's pets while others are considered to be the teacher's
odd children out or teacher's outcasts?
I suspect there are three reasons for this.
1) The parents establish a good rapport with the teacher early on and may even have the kid bring knick knack gifts to the teacher from time to time. Teachers work more with kids whose parents are engaged.
2) The "cuteness" factor. If a teacher feels a child looks "adorable" she or he is not likely to be as hard on him or her as another child they consider unattractive. This actually has been shown to be true in the work world as well. Hot, thin, "beautiful people" get better treatment and more breaks than their less attractive counterparts.
3) Some kids learn early on how to "charm" adults by always telling them what they want to hear or anticipating what they want. My best friend in high school was a guy named Rodney. Every time he saw my mother he would hug her and call her "mom". My mother would often say to me, "You should be more like Rodney". Little did she know he often threw parties when his parents were out of town, skipped school and had sex in his parent's bed...etc LOL!
It depends on how a child was raised what one practices at home will do at school
Teachers tend to like the kids who are better students and don't give them a hard time better. Kids who never turn in their homework and are disruptive in class are more likely to be an annoyance to the teacher.
It's perfectly normal to have a better rapport with some people than others, even if you're a teacher and they are your students. The teacher should still do his or her best to teach those students who they have less of an affinity for.
I think Sherry hit it dead on. Teachers just seem to like the better students.
Yet there are exceptions. For me, there were teachers I had who didn't like me at all even though I was a good student. Unfair as it was, they had my dad or my aunts as students and if they didn't like them they automatically didn't like me. Once I discovered that, I made every attempt to sign up for the classes taught by other teachers if there was more than one for the subject.
Actually, I believe that it depends mostly on the personality of the teacher. Practicing favoritism will cause children who need attention to misbehave when they do not receive it. Personally, I don't think it is a good practice for teachers to favor one child more than the other. It has the same effect as home life. Which is jealousy and it will produce envy and evidentially strife. Teachers should appreciate children who practice good behavior, obedience in turning in assignments, and etc. But teachers shouldn't forget that all their students need his/her attention.
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