I Hate My Gym Teacher

Question: Dear Luise: I’m still in grade school and it is really hard for me because I really hate my gym teacher. I dread going back to school because we get her every year. She has favorites, and of course it’s the kids that are good at sports. I’m not. I like sports but I’m not very good at them. This teacher looks more like man than a woman and I think she dislikes me as much as I dislike her. Last year she was blabbing away at us and I just gave her a really mean stare. She sent me to the principal’s office. For a look! The principal said I had an attitude and I said “well, duh!” She called my Mom, who doesn’t really give a rip. This is so unfair! Shandra

Answer: Dear Shandra: You bet it is! Unfair, I mean. You know darn well that there are kids who like this teacher. She’s just not your cup of tea and visa versa. I can see why you gave her the evil eye since no one seems to care much about how you feel, but was it smart? Really?

Here’s the scoop. You are going to be meeting and having to work with people you don’t like on and off for the rest of your life, so you might just as well start building some skills regarding how to cope with them. High on the list is to try to ignore those that you wouldn’t have hand picked to be in your life. I’m not suggesting you pretend you like them, but you’ve got to learn to get along while keeping as much distance as possible.

This gym teacher is in a power position. Taking her on was dumb. You will meet other teachers and later on bosses that you don’t like. Life is like that. It’s OK to feel upset about it and to even feel sorry for your self. But as soon as you can, move on to more interesting subjects and pursuits. Don’t get stuck there. Blessings, Luise

11 Responses to I Hate My Gym Teacher

  1. S. October 16, 2008 at 5:39 pm #

    I know what it’s like to have a crazy gym teacher. I ask her two questions and she goes nuts. S.

  2. Luise October 16, 2008 at 6:37 pm #

    That’s tough. You might have a teacher that doesn’t like being a teacher. Keep that in mind as you grown up and decide what you want to do. It’s wise to find something that pleases you and then you will please others. Blessings, Luise

  3. alex deflavia January 5, 2010 at 5:13 pm #

    Mrs. M. you are meaner than ever!

  4. K. August 27, 2010 at 3:04 pm #

    Yea, we have a gym teacher who checks us out. We hate him so much. He’s so idiotic, Retarded,and well he’s a perv. We also have another gym teacher, who looks TOTALLY like him, like except he has sideburns and well, bigger nose, and BETTER looking. We hate them. P.

    • Luise August 27, 2010 at 8:22 pm #

      I wonder what it is with gym teachers. I hated mine, too. Her name was Miss Lawrence and she was awful! Luise

  5. M. September 8, 2010 at 9:17 am #

    I totally understand. I have gym tomorrow FIRST PERIOD!! And I haven’t bought the school tracksuits yet so I’m bringing my own but I know the teacher will have a go at me. The worst part is that he is really tough on his students while doing gym and he screams if we don’t do something right.

    • Luise September 21, 2010 at 5:30 pm #

      Bummer! Luise

  6. T. March 27, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

    I can’t stand my gym teacher either!!! Kids always try to skip his classes with different excuses but he never accepts them!! He always tortures us when we work out. If someone needs to stop for a breath, he would scream his head off. T.

  7. V. March 27, 2011 at 7:11 pm #

    Hey my gym teacher hates me too but if you think bad about her don’t mock him/ her in gym class trust me I did that once now she hates me more. She thinks I’m overweight I weigh like, 107 pounds probably 2 pounds over but she says I weigh like, 197. V.

  8. akelianova July 14, 2017 at 1:42 am #

    I’m overweight and I hate gym. I had this one teacher the first year and he was so rude to me, but not some of the athletic “cool” boys. He taught our health, but we basically just did gym the whole time while he was on his laptop. This year I believe I will have him again. I am not looking forward to it because I think he will push us too hard and leave me gasping for air every day… Advice for the self-concious shy person?

    • Kirk VandenBerghe July 14, 2017 at 9:57 am #

      It sounds like a challenging situation to me. Do you live in the U.S. and are you under the age of 18? If so, my recommendation is to share this problem with your parents and ask that they schedule a parent-teacher conference to come up with some solutions. Since you’re overweight, it’s important that you exercise — assuming you’re healthy enough to do so — but only at a level that is good for you. For example, just walking at a comfortable pace can be really helpful in improving your health. Your health professional (M.D. or another qualified practitioner) should also be able to provide some practical and useful tips.

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