Whether It's Intentional Or Not DependsSince I can remember, I've been friends with most of my teachers. Even those I don't like or even hate. There's been maybe 3 I didn't become friends with and for good reason. I'll be a senior in high school this year. Total, I've had 43 teachers, not counting the 9 I'll have this year (I've moved a lot...). I didn't count preschool, either. Or the kindergarten I went to in the afternoons after my first one got out at noon.
Whether I mean to or not, I usually become friends with my teachers anyway. If I don't mean to but it happens anyway, it's because I'm a good student, I'm always here on time and if I'm not I have a reasonable excuse (which they usually disregard the tardy for because of it :) yay), I'm quiet, and I'm respectful. That's why they get to like me. If I become friends with a teacher on purpose, though, well...
I've found that if I become friends with some teachers, I can manipulate them into bending a rule for my advantage, say on a grade or something. I've done it more than once...I do it in a really sneaky way though so they would never guess unless they're like, God or something. The last person I did it to...actually, I did it to two last year. I did it to my english/creative writing teacher, and with my art teacher as well. I'm super glad I did it to the first guy, because he let me write on things for essays and such that he normally would've said no to. I'm a good writer, though. I think he also trusted me to be able to do it and relate it to the topic. With my art teacher, though, I mainly did that to get out of things. I'm sure she thinks I'm a little odd, now...not many teachers know about my social anxiety. But with her making us critique others' work orally, she had to be told about it. She let me do a written critique more than once just because I talked to her. And she did that for the rest of the year. Score! (I'm not sure if it was something I said or not, but still, it was a good thing!)
Teachers like talking to me. They get bummed when I have to go sometimes if we've been talking. I've heard from them that I'm easy to talk to, respectful, and articulate. I'm more adult than most students my age. I've been around adults all my life, so I just work with them better. Teachers see that pretty quickly. It's not even second semester and already I have them as equals. If I come up to them, they don't just assume it's about school, which is nice. They'll talk to me like an adult, not a teenager who might misunderstand some things. They talk about things that frustrate them, their family, their life in general, and just personal views sometimes. I'm such a capable student that they're sometimes surprised if I come up to them and it's about school. Teachers always remember me even before I made the effort to befriend them, so I figure why shouldn't I make friends with them? They're people too.