Teachers vs. students: Pet peeves

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The battle between students and teachers has been going on since the first day of school, thousands of years ago.

Today, it appears the battle continues in our Top of Utah classrooms. Each “side” has its own list of things they don’t like about the other, whether it’s a teacher who loses assignments or a student who sits in the back of the classroom, texting the entire class period.

We asked some local high school teachers and students to share their pet peeves about each other.

Peeved teachers

“I don’t really like all the electronics being used during class,” says Pete Jahsman, a math teacher at Ogden High School.

Brian Mickelson, an LDS seminary teacher at Bear River High, agrees: “It is so hard not to get a little frustrated when a student is gaming or texting during an important part of class.”

“My pet peeve is when students don’t turn in their homework,” says Julie Van Orden, an English teacher at Weber High.

Cindy Stettler, an English and journalism teacher at Weber High, says, “My biggest pet peeve is when students don’t live up to their full potential. They know that they can do better, but they just go the easy way out.”

French teacher Suzie Davis, at Ogden High, says, “I get annoyed when a student walks into the classroom with their brains shut off and they don’t want to learn. It seems like I care more about their education than they do.”

“One of my biggest pet peeves would be dishonesty, when students lie about the assignment, project or discussions,” says Allison Copier, who teaches English at Syracuse High.”Making up some lame excuse instead of just telling the truth and saying they didn’t do it.”

Jill Lunceford, a world civilizations teacher at Weber High, says, “To me, the two biggest things are the students that complain about things that they can’t change, like the room temperature, and when people put more effort into not doing the work than what it would take for them to actually do the work.”

Gunn Millcreek, a Davis High history teacher, says he doesn’t like “students that repeatedly ask the same question and students that ask personal questions during a lecture.”

Students sound off

And, of course, students have their complaints about teachers’ actions, too.

“My pet peeve about teachers is when they don’t give enough time for quizzes or tests,” says Brittany Marriott, a senior at Weber High.

Kaylee Mumford, a junior at Fremont High, agrees.

“It bothers me when teachers act like we have nothing better to do than get home and do more schoolwork,” Mumford says. “I understand that homework is necessary and all that, but I wish that they were more compassionate about it. They don’t understand that we already devote 50 percent of our days to school and we shouldn’t be expected to add more to that afterward.”

Mckenna Osterhout, a junior at Fremont High, says it bugs her when “you ask a teacher a question and they don’t give you a direct answer, they just answer it in a roundabout way.”

Demi Hamblin, a Syrcause High sophomore, couldn’t agree more.

“I hate when teachers answer your questions by restating the entire lesson, and they don’t even answer your question in the process!” Hamblin says.

Both Madison White, a sophomore at Ogden High, and Stephen Swanson, a junior at Weber High, see eye to eye about issues that sometimes occur after they hand in their assignments.

“It bothers me when teachers ‘lose’ your assignments,’” White says.

Swanson explains, “I hate when teachers forget to put my assignments in the portal, and I get an F, so I get grounded.”

So it looks like both teachers and students have some areas they could improve on, and now they’re all aware of some things they could pay more attention to. Maybe if we all remember to stay on each others’ good sides, one day we’ll wonder why we ever bothered each other.

Olivia Andrus is a sophomore at Ogden High. She enjoys traveling, playing the piano and king-sized Kit-Kats. Email her atlivyandrus@gmail.com.

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