Anonymous said: Yo so I have this wonderful teacher who might be retiring this year. I'm talented at her subject and she is determined I will take it up for A-Level. I told her I wouldn't take it up unless she stayed (if she stayed she WOULD be my teacher). She told me 'maybe I'll stay just for you'. I don't know if she would be serious but she said the same thing to my parents and she told them that 'we click' and that 'we gel'. As a teacher yourself do you think she would actually consider staying? Thanks :)
Okay, so: some people may think this sounds completely horrible, but it’s true — there are just some students that I absolutely adore, FAR more than the others. It’s not that I don’t love all of my students, but there are some (I can think of one in particular) that I just really do “click” with more than any of the others I’ve ever had. I grade him/her the same in class and I don’t let him/her “get away” with anything more than any of the other students, but there is just something about him/her that makes our relationship different from the rest of the other children.
(Okay so I recognize that the way in which I have said all of this sounds completely creepy, but honestly, it’s fairly normal from what I’ve gathered from talking to other teachers. We do have favorites — we just do. And I personally I think that’s okay.)
So, that being said, I don’t think it’s outside the realm of possibility for your teacher to be serious about this. If she had only said it to you, I might be more inclined to think maybe she was just joking, but since she also said something to your parents about it, that’s saying something.
Personally, if I were thinking of leaving and my favorite student wasn’t going to pursue something s/he could potentially be wonderful at just because I wouldn’t be there, I’d rethink it for sure, considering how much I care for this student and his/her future, I’d want to do whatever I could. That’s just me, but it might be your teacher as well.