Dear Grace...

My teacher seems to be down on me lately and I don’t know why or what to do about it. Do you have any suggestions?


Dear Ellen,

Some situations in school can be tricky. Most teachers are really not trying to pick on you but it can seem like it sometimes. Have you seen this verse before:  2 Timothy 1:7 –  ”For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.”

Are you feeling stuck? Go see the teacher after class and ask if it’s a good time to talk or set up an appointment instead. Find out what is going wrong with your work/tests/classroom experience. I know it seems easier to let things slide and just hope it improves, but becoming an adult means taking charge when something seems wrong. It’s important to learn to speak your mind, to ask for help and to get the help before things are a complete mess. Taking charge will show your teacher you are serious about making some changes. This is good!

Be brave and brace yourself to hear about bad habits or attitudes that you might not realize are interfering with the class or the teacher. Take the advice to heart and see what needs to change.

Proverbs 15:22: ”Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.”

Wise people get help and ask for advice. Sometimes we get stuck and need help getting “unstuck.” It will be worth it! Trust me!

Love Grace