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teacher's pet English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: Apr 21 2011

Themes: Pets, School

Quote

1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

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“Seriously? You’re such a teacher’s pet.”

- Ella, after one EXTREME day in class with Jason.

2. Video - Watch the video before learning the definition.

Definition

1. Definition - Study the definition.

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a student who tries too hard to please

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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Students always want their teachers to like them. But some go too far, and those are called teacher’s pets.

The teacher’s pet wants to be loved by the teacher above all else. The teacher’s pet isn’t always the best student in the class, but is the one who tries the hardest to please the teacher. The teacher’s pet will bring gifts to the teacher and say nice things to him or her. Of course, these aren’t bad things to do, but the teacher’s pet does them too often and just to get ahead of the rest of the class.

In Amy’s class, Jason is the teacher’s pet. He runs up the stairs and pushes Jeff out of the way in order to open the door for Amy. Then he gets Amy a pizza and beer. He answers all of the questions in class. These are all typical behaviors of a teacher’s pet...taken to the EXTREME!

In a way, the teacher’s pet is dishonest. He or she doesn’t really care about the teacher, only about being liked. For that reason, the teacher’s pet usually isn’t popular with the rest of the students. As you can see, Jeff and Ella get frustrated with Jason. Being a teacher’s pet usually doesn’t work out for very long. When Amy shows up with her dog, Jason gets jealous!

Have you ever met a teacher’s pet?

Examples

1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

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“Don’t be such a teacher’s pet. No one will like you if you act like that.”

“Did you see that Jerry brought the teacher a present? He is so the teacher’s pet.”

“When I was young, I wanted my teachers to like me so badly. I was such a teacher’s pet.”

Winners

1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

R_P I think it refers to a pupil who has won the teacher's special favor.
by R_P
sofree a good student whose teacher likes him very much
by sofree
cubi1604 A teacher's pet: Someone who tries to win teacher's heart or to please him by doing such good things; A goodie-goodie
by cubi1604
spottyq teacher's favorite student
by spottyq
James Fox a student whom the teacher like very much
by James Fox
laura_re a teacher's favourite student
by laura_re
favorite (teacher's favorite student)
by Bitten by an Arab bug
kiri10 teacher's favorite student
by kiri10
Ali Imran teacher's favorite/one who is favored by the teacher.
by Ali Imran

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mary222

mary222

Venezuela

 I have a teacher`s pet in my class jajajajajaj his name is Hector 

03:03 PM Apr 21 2011 |

SSB

Mexico

hello my name is silvia . im from mexico city

02:32 PM Apr 21 2011 |

1 person likes this

sofree

sofree

China

Yes, always one or two in a class. Quite annoying person.

01:02 PM Apr 21 2011 |

murad ali

murad ali

Yemen

i think it is for he student to have a teacher attraction and get his name known to the teacher so than he will be the teacher good and give him a good grade or give more explanation as spoile

12:30 PM Apr 21 2011 |

tinake1020

tinake1020

China

Funny.If any students who want to be loved by teachers and students,the best way is to have  integrity and ability to halp others instead of tricks.

11:19 AM Apr 21 2011 |

braveheart_3

Egypt

it is funny lesson

06:35 AM Apr 21 2011 |

barbeque

barbeque

Hungary

Well, I was student very long time ago, but  still now I've a staff, who's the boss's pet :)
....if we can use the slang in this way too….

06:18 AM Apr 21 2011 |

Munawar Ahmad

Pakistan

It comes in the meaning of flattery

04:03 PM Apr 20 2011 |

rogeholl

rogeholl

Brazil

Teacher´s pet is  a student who likes his teacher too .

03:51 PM Apr 20 2011 |

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