Try to figure out if there is a way to nip the problem in the bud by considering things from the teacher’s perspective. Is the teacher being disrespected by the students and overcompensating by being too strict? Is no one participating in class discussions so the teacher thinks that nobody is working hard? If you can think of a reason why the teacher is acting harshly, try adjusting your behaviors and see if the teacher responds favorably to this.
However, sometimes people can be harsh or mean for no apparent reason. If you think this is the case with your teacher, try to tread lightly. If you need to push back at all, make sure to do so respectfully. And if the situation is very severe, document your grievances and bring them to your parents or the administration, who can try to defuse the situation in a peaceful way.
Contributor: Caleb Backe from mapleholistics