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Teacher's Pet

The English idiom teacher’s pet refers to the teacher’s favorite student. For example:

The teacher is never angry when Albert forgets to do his homework. He is the
teacher’s pet.

Because the
teacher’s pet is liked best by the teacher, he is often treated better than the other students, which may cause some jealousy or resentment. Thus, while the expression teacher’s pet can be used in a positive way, it can also be quite negative.

But why does a certain student become the
teacher’s pet? What qualities does a teacher’s pet usually have? In the following video, a group of Canadian school children are asked why they are the teacher’s pets. Their answers are quite funny.

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