My English teacher gave back an essay today, starting by giving general feedback to the class; it was all negative points, which surprised me as all of my other teachers always find at least one positive point as well. She told us that she didn't like the "stylistic use of brackets" which seems bizarre as this is an example of varied punctuation which is specifically mentioned as a feature of a higher-level answer on the mark scheme and hence we would not be penalised for it in an exam. In addition, she claimed that the repetition of adjectives in creative work is "lazy and sloppy" and chose to demonstrate this by reading out a student's work from another class who she would deem to match this description.
I read my essay to find the comments were that it was "poorly argued", that my writing was "simplistic and unsophisticated", that she didn't "agree" with my opinion and that I "need to push" my "thinking further". I find this odd as these are comments which have never once been made to me before by any teacher. Additionally, I received a band 4 (out of a highest possible band 5) so I feel as though this was a rather overdramatic and negative response bearing in mind the grade I receieved, which would roughly equate to a B against an A level mark scheme as opposed to an AS level one. Furthermore, I feel that the comment about me needing to push my thinking is somewhat of a personal critique - to me it suggests that my thinking is currently one dimensional and underdeveloped, yet this is not reflected by my grade. She also said to me in front of my peers that she "knows this wasn't my best work", as though I would have made the concious decision to turn in poor work on purpose, yet offered no suggestions in light of any of these comments. She has also never taught me until now and so has no idea what my "best work" would be like. Because of this they all felt to me to be "half statements" as they served no purpose other than to pick apart my shortcomings - is it wrong of me to find this rude, seeing as I was offered no suggestions of how to improve?
I just generally dread her lessons as she is so unpredictable - at best they are precarious and at worst downright volatile as she appears to take pleasure in rapidly alternating between being lovely and extremely vindictive. As much as I love the subject I am considering dropping it as I find it so hard to get on with her teaching style. One student of high potential has already dropped it and situations such as this have reduced me and several other students to tears, so surely it can't just be me?
Apologies for the lengthy post! Any suggestions?
I personally don't think your teacher sounds rude from what I read, but of course, perceptions and people are different. Maybe it would ease your mind and help you if you asked her for an appointment? You could go over your essay with her, and try to understand her intentions behind her comments.
Then you could also tell for example, that they intimidated you a little and see what the teachers response is
Always believe in yourself thats the key