There have been many times when I have felt that teachers were allies of students. You can see it happening all throughout the school, in many different ways. Just because a teacher is strict doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t care about you and your class. It just means they have certain rules they would like you to follow. If you respect them and their rules, then in return they will most likely be there to help you when you need it.

The most common thing I’ve heard about is how some teachers try to help their students get good grades in their class, whether it’s by allowing them to take a couple extra days to get an assignment done, or helping them with the things they don’t understand. For example, we are allowed thirty-five minutes of flex time after our first block class. In those thirty-five minutes, we can get work done that is due and go see teachers if we have questions about assignments. It is not all up to the teacher, though. If you are missing something, they won’t come and tell you, or ask you if you would like to retake a quiz you got a bad grade on. It is up to you to go to the teacher and ask them any questions you have. Most teachers will allow you to retake a quiz or test if you got a bad grade on it because they don’t want you to fail.

Another way students and teachers are allies is that some students begin to trust in their teachers. We have guidance counselors that students can go talk to about troubles they are having in school with grades or people. Although they are there to talk to, I sometimes hear students asking to go see a certain teacher to talk about something that happened to them, and when they go see those teachers, they actually get the help they need. The teachers don’t just tell them to go see the guidance counselor but actually try to help out, because they care about their students.

We students need our teachers to be our allies because, when we are having trouble and need help, we need to be able to turn to them. Whether it is for help understanding, needing more time, a personal problem, or whatever else. We need to be able to come to someone for help because everyone needs a little help from time to time. Teachers are empowering students everywhere by giving them a chance to learn and understand.

—White Mountains Regional High School