How to Become a Teacher's Pet

One Methods:Sample Thank You Notes

A teacher's pet is someone who is greatly favored by a teacher. To become a teacher's pet, it will take a bit of work, but the results are phenomenal. When you're a teacher's pet, the teacher is more likely to accept excuses from you, and you are guaranteed a good high school recommendation. Being a teacher's pet, depending upon your personality, can be very difficult or very hard if you don't know what to do. Remember though, being a teachers pet is not always an important or nice thing!


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    Dress appropriately. You want to make yourself presentable. Wash and brush your hair, brush your teeth, shower and wear deodorant. Make sure you dress appropriately. Try to wear smart and professional things. Wear as little makeup as possible, or preferably none. One of the most important things is to not wear pants that are falling down, or a shirt that shows your stomach. You and your friends may think it's cool, but showing that you make an effort to come to school is much better. Always dress according to the weather, it shows that you want to be safe and warm, and you don't want to get sick.
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    Decide what teacher you wish to be the "pet" to. Is it going to be your homeroom teacher, a PE coach, an art or music teacher, the teacher of your favorite subjects, or all of them? You might want to start with the "nicest" teacher, or with the subject you know the most about. If you want to become teacher's pet to multiple teachers, make sure you have time to manage all the extra effort you should put into their class. Acknowledge that classroom as your home turf; you're going to learn a lot about that subject soon, and become an expert, so you might as well feel at home in the place where it's taught.
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    Act confident on the first day and ask good questions. Unless they are talking about their personal life, "What's your favorite sports team?" will not go over very well. Teachers love kids who are quiet when they speak.
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    Always come prepared to the teacher's class. You want to have all the homework done with a lot of effort put into it. Projects should be ready to turn in soon after being assigned, and try your best to be creative in all of your work. You also might want to read over the lesson before the class so you are extra prepared for participating and you can stun the teacher with your knowledge of the subject.
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    Get involved in classroom discussions! Any answer you give shows the teacher that you were listening, and any well thought question shows the teacher how you are trying to apply what they teach to real life. In a class where everyone seems asleep, raising your hand shows that you care.
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    Don't talk when the teacher tells you not to talk! This one is pretty simple. Don't laugh at the class clown either because that supports him/her interrupting the class.
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    Always do your homework, and if possible, go the extra step and talk to your teacher about what you can do to improve your knowledge on the subject. Talk to him/her about what you learned and how much you enjoyed their lesson (they'll love this). But not too much, teachers can sense false sensitivity.
    • Ask for extra credit. This shows that you want a high grade. If they say no, don't whine. Just say "Okay, see you tomorrow!"
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    Whenever faced with a writing assignment, choose all of your words carefully. Don't use slang language because it will show them that you don't care if your writing is good or bad. Make your writing meaningful, so that after a long night of correcting, the teacher will look forward to reading yours! Avoid writing too much, though. You don't want to make that long night of correcting longer by forcing your teacher to read your Great American Novel.
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    Be nice. Teachers don't like people who start fights or contribute to them. Try to stay away from the goofballs of the class. Help out whenever possible; whether it be the teacher or the student.
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    Get good grades. Study for any test that comes up. When you receive the test back, ask the teacher how to do the ones you got wrong (you might want to do this in private). You don't have to point out that this is because you want to know better for next time; there's no other reason why you'd ask, and you're not looking for a goody-two-shoes label.
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    Try to know the subject they teach as best you can. Ask if there are any books they can recommend to you.
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    Offer to pass out papers and help with any other classroom chores.
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    Bring your teacher little heartfelt gifts on occasion (cookies, "number one teacher" ribbons, cards, etc.). They will appreciate your kindness.
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    Talk to your teacher in your free time. You can discuss anything you want--don't just limit it to school. Teachers are human. Joke around a little, but don't be too wild.
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    If you hear any of your friends insulting the teacher, defend him or her. You never know where your teacher has eyes or ears. Also, being a teacher's pet is a two-way relationship: it will function much better if you happen to like the teacher in question, too.
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    Wave or say "Hi" to them when you see them. People like to be acknowledged.
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    Always appear as hard working as possible. Bring in extra thoughtful questions, and if you're a bit shy, don't be afraid to go after school. "Oh, I forgot to ask you..." is a good starting line. You can also spend some spare time in your teacher's office, if the situation allows.
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    Always remember to say to the teacher hello or goodbye. Try saying things like "thank you, have a good day or good luck teaching!" when wishing.
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    If a teacher has punished you and you become furious, try not to lose your temper. At the end of the lesson, "Goodbye Miss/Sir, I am sorry for (whatever wrong thing you did) I'll try not to repeat it again." is a good thing to say to cool down your teacher if he/she is frustrated with you.

Sample Thank You Notes

Sample Thank You Note to Elementary School Teacher

Sample Thank You Note to Middle School Teacher

Sample Thank You Note to High School Teacher


  • Follow school rules.
  • Always do your homework.
  • Help your classmates out if they don't understand something. You are helping the teacher out big time when you do this.
  • Do not talk or eat/drink in the classroom if you are not allowed to. Always respect the teacher no matter how mean he/she is.
  • Compliment them--when they have a nice outfit on, tell them. Some female teachers are obsessed with shoes, so you can ask if hers are new.
  • Many teachers can't accept gifts from students, but most won't say no to a snack-size candy bar or a stick of gum. Be casual about this.
  • If it is your English or Literature teacher, ask them if they can recommend a good book.
  • Don't get involved with the "bad kids."
  • Never ask your teacher his/her age. It is extremely rude and disrespectful. However, it's okay to ask when their birthday is so that you can make plans for that day.
  • Smile! Teachers will feel that you like the class (which you already should).
  • If bullies try to call you names, just ignore them. Bullies will always be jealous of the kids who work well and are liked by teachers.
  • Never sleep or appear sleepy in class; it's rude to the teacher.
  • Make sure that you only give your teacher gifts on special occasions. A gift on a random Tuesday might come off as strange to them-- save it for holidays, times you are especially grateful, and when there's something big happening (for example, they have just earned an award or are going to have a baby).
  • Tell the teacher only when there is a serious issue going on, such as bullying, harassment, and cheating. You might also bring up texting in class. Don't say anything if it's small, like "she's eating a mint!" or "he said something to his friend." This will only earn resentment from your peers and annoy your teacher, who has many other things to worry about.
  • Ignore the people that try to talk to you while doing work, but avoid being rude if possible.
  • Respect your teacher and never disobey her/him.


  • Many of your classmates may see you differently for this, so be very casual about doing this. For example you may be a teacher's pet and many students have made rude comments about someone being a pervert, etc. So it may just depend upon being at certain schools, but you can't be too careful.
  • Don't try to win over a teacher because you want it easy without being prepared to work hard to win that teacher over. No teacher will ever take you as their pet without you doing their homework on a regular basis. Becoming a teacher's pet is not an easy method to get rid of homework!
  • Attempting to achieve success through winning a teacher's favor, rather than being legitimately skilled at a subject, is an irresponsible behavior that reaps only short-term benefits - in the long-run, one is better off relying on oneself for success, rather than using a teacher's disposition to gain it unfairly.
  • Many teachers do not appreciate or respect "pets." Beware of these teachers and try to tone down your effort to please them. This kind of teacher can usually be won over by being really good at the subject.
  • Being a teacher's pet can have some benefits, including that they might be more accepting to your excuses. But never overdo the excuses! They will eventually lose respect for you and you will no longer be a "pet." When you eventually do slip up (like all other humans) apologize and give the excuse you have. Only let this happen a limited number of times.
  • Your classmates are likely to get jealous and might make fun of you.

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