How do you call your teacher: “Teacher!”, or “Mr. Smith”?

To the best of my understanding, in the U.S., you must call your teacher “Mr. or Mrs. or Ms. or Miss Smith” instead of “Teacher” to be polite. Is that right?

14 Answers

  • i dont know but in my class I used just call them Teacher.

    From Ireland


  • Generally, their last name plus a form of polite address: Mr. Mrs. (if she’s married) or Miss (if she’s not.) If the teacher has their doctorate, then you call them Dr.

  • It is appropriate to address the teacher as Mr., Mrs., Miss, or even Ms. . Or by their earned title…I work with a couple of teachers who have their doctorate and we call them Doctor.

  • I call teacher “teach” “Mr. Teach” Mr than the first letter of the last name. Profe for my spanish teacher. Just last name. and the Mr and last name.

  • In the US, it’s customary to say “Mr.” or “Mrs.” (or Ms, or Miss, depending on the woman). I do know that in different cultures, it’s common for students to address their teachers simply by saying “teacher.” Many of my Hispanic students do that, I guess it’s normal in their culture to just say “Maestro” or “Maestra,” so the younger ones specifically often refer to us as “teacher.”

  • To merely address your teacher as “teacher” rather than Mr., Mrs, or Miss is quite impersonnel…considered somewhat rude!

  • Well it depends on the teacher, but the majority like to be called by their last name

  • Here in the UK it’s either Mr/Mrs or Sir/Miss.

  • Yea I call most of them by their last name. There are a certain few that let me call them by their first name. I have NEVER called any of them teacher though.

  • depends on my relationship with them or what they like to be called etc. mainly mr/mrs/ms though

  • To me, teacher is rude, it sounds like you don’t want to take the time to learn their proper name or address them correctly.

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