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1 hour ago, Morihalda said:

Monday, March 15: Did you have a favorite teacher in school? What did you like about them?

 

I didn't do school until college, technically.

However, the guy who taught the drawing class I took? He'd probably qualify. I learned a /lot/ from him, and I'd take another class from him in a heartbeat.

 

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2 hours ago, Morihalda said:

Monday, March 15: Did you have a favorite teacher in school? What did you like about them?

I'd probably have to go with my high school electronics teacher, who is now a physics teacher (he switched shortly after I graduated, mainly due to, well, they closed the electronics portion sadly).  He was a good teacher, always pushed you to go further than your current skillset, and not be afraid of a challenge, or the prospect of failure.  Or failure in general - his main belief was provided you learned from it, it was a beneficial thing in the long run. 

 

Better to try several times and learn a bunch as you go than to just always get it the first time. 

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6 hours ago, Morihalda said:

Monday, March 15: Did you have a favorite teacher in school? What did you like about them?

 

No one springs to mind.

I can only really remember my highschool teachers, and none of them seemed particularly happy with their choice of profession.

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6 hours ago, Morihalda said:

Monday, March 15: Did you have a favorite teacher in school? What did you like about them?

Yes, there were several that I liked. I liked the ones that realized I had a brain, knew how to use it, and didn't treat me like a dumb kid. 

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7 hours ago, Morihalda said:

Monday, March 15: Did you have a favorite teacher in school? What did you like about them?

 

Yeah, Mrs. Peterson, 6th grade.  She turned everything around for me.  She saw my potential when I didn't and encouraged me to be better than I thought I could.  Went from an average student to Honors in one year.

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7 hours ago, Morihalda said:

Monday, March 15: Did you have a favorite teacher in school? What did you like about them?

 

There were several nice teachers, people that showed they liked what they did and were ready to discuss and explain things like they should.

Instead of the one teacher I remembered that walked in with a pint of coffee, a sigarette ( old times!) and just said "read chapter 1-15 of your book, test tomorrow..

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8 hours ago, Morihalda said:

Monday, March 15: Did you have a favorite teacher in school? What did you like about them?

 

Not really. Went through the list in my head, then always came up with something that disqualified them (almost felt like Jerry from an episode of Seinfeld: "She had man-hands... She smelled like soup..."). Maybe my 11th grade physics teacher. He was pretty cool, and his first name was Kirby. But he only stayed one year at the school (tax situation at the time in Germany made it difficult for them to stay longer than two years at a time).

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8 hours ago, Morihalda said:

Monday, March 15: Did you have a favorite teacher in school? What did you like about them?

 

My English teachers, Paul Latino & Dale Parkinson, 10th -12th grades.

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8 hours ago, Morihalda said:

Monday, March 15: Did you have a favorite teacher in school? What did you like about them?

 

I should probably go with my grade 6 teacher, since it was my Dad ::D: (small school, one teacher per grade....)

Outside of him I'd probably go with the resource teacher I had for most of grade 5 and grade 6.   I'd finished grade 6 reading and math by Christmas of Grade 5, so I got to hang out with Mr. McDermot maybe?...something, I've always been bad at names, and did projects and stuff.  Also he was a big fan of Motorhead....

From high school I'd probably say Mr. McLachlan, who I had in Grades 9 or 10 English and again in 12 (also home room that year). He was pretty eccentric, had a "ZZ Top" beard, wore a different tie every day, and had two recliners, one at his desk and one up front for when he was talking to the class.  I occasionally wonder if I should have taken his advice and gone into writing   instead of the sciences and eventually computer science.....

 

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1 hour ago, ManvsMini said:

Went through the list in my head, then always came up with something that disqualified them (almost felt like Jerry from an episode of Seinfeld: "She had man-hands... She smelled like soup...").

Same problem, except my disqualifiers were more along the lines of “ignored other kids bullying me” and “joined in other kids bullying me”.

 

I’m gonna go with my mom. Starting in high school, she elected to homeschool me. She taught me all sorts of things that you don’t read in a typical history book, because she was a cultural anthropologist.

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9 hours ago, Morihalda said:

Monday, March 15: Did you have a favorite teacher in school? What did you like about them?

A few.

 

The music teacher who saw my potential in classical guitar class and let me take music theory without the pre-reqs. It was a small 4th-year class for music majors and I was definitely the odd duck out. However, despite my challenges in performance (there were kids who could play Mozart), I still was near the top of the class with the ultra-competitive orchestra kids (my edge was that my band was my leisure time as well as my passion, so I just wrote compositions for class with them! I'd perform the written piece on classical guitar and then play her a tape of the heavy metal version with my band after class, hah).

 

The math teacher who took the time to accommodate my 'learning disability' (not processing information like most people is not a disability if I'm faster and more accurate, eh). Thought I was just bad at math, turns out I just had lazy, bad teachers. Being smarter than teachers was a problem for a long time.

 

But the best teacher I ever had was in 5th grade. He gave the class an aptitude test that tested a few vectors. Then he split the class into 3 groups: low/mid/high, each with their own group seating. The low group got the most attention, they needed it. The middle group had a more or less normal classroom experience. The high group was given books and the option to sit in on the normal class portions (I was in this group). We were to work our way through the textbooks and discuss amongst ourselves, only calling him to clarify a point. Then just turn in the chapter quizzes and let him know when we wanted a test (yes, in 5th grade I asked to be tested, imagine that!).

 

It was amazing because the kids who needed the teacher's time got it. Those who were held back by the kids who needed that time were allowed to push ahead, without punishing the kids who needed the time. This teacher respected all his students and gave them the tools they needed to succeed, unlike the 'one size fits all' education system I've encountered everywhere else. Or if there is a tiered system, it's not in the same classroom, so you don't get to bond with different groups.

Anyway, we worked through the texts for the class pretty quickly, so he kept giving us materials for successive grades. I think we were on 8th-grade level texts by the end of the year (one of the kids in my group was the Valedictorian of my high school class, all were high honors students except me...rock-n-roll, man...). At one point he brought in a computer and kept it in the classroom for anyone done with their work to play strategy games. I had already begun writing text adventures and was able to get a couple compiled for that computer, so we actually played some of my own games in class! It was an amazing time that gave me false expectations for the rest of my educational experience.

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2 hours ago, ManvsMini said:

Went through the list in my head, then always came up with something that disqualified them (almost felt like Jerry from an episode of Seinfeld: "She had man-hands... She smelled like soup...").

Same problem, except my disqualifiers were more along the lines of “ignored other kids bullying me” and “joined in other kids bullying me”.

 

My reasons aren't quite as neurotic as Jerry's would be, though I can list both a justifiable and a neurotic reason for a majority.

  • One teacher routinely talked about being vegetarian, and how that related to calculus is beyond me; neurotically, her breath also just smelled like something rotting.
  • An AP US History teacher didn't teach us in a method that prepared us for the AP exam; neurotic reason, when he'd ask for a list of reasons he'd hold his arm up, raise a finger as we listed a point, and then leave the arm up in the air for 5 minutes as he explained each point in between listing them. Clearly had muscle endurance.
  • An AP European History teacher the next year did his job wonderfully, but then really skirted a fine line with a couple female students on a class trip to Poland.

I would throw out a good word for my math pre-calculus teacher in 11th grade. He did care about teaching, to the point that on his day off because he'd taken a family trip over the weekend and was jet-lagged he still came in for class to lead a review for our Klausur (German for big important exam) the next day.

 

**The structure of the school was such that, for 11th grade and up, if a teacher was out they didn't find a substitute, class was canceled, you got a free period and we didn't have to be on the school premises either if we didn't have class. So for him to come in once all of that was already approved, scheduled and known in advance was something.**

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10 hours ago, Morihalda said:

Monday, March 15: Did you have a favorite teacher in school? What did you like about them?

I remember Mr. Rau. He is still my neighbour. I grew up in a small town and he taught most of my high school subjects. He also taught French to the whole school, starting grade 4. He made up songs and brought his guitar. He had one for the first French irregular verbs you learn, and I still remember it. He also has a farm and is in great shape. He used to walk around the classroom on his hands and could do the flag off the doorframe. He also arm-wrestled all the young men and won. We used to get him going on his favorite things, and then he would talk about them for the whole period so we wouldn't have to do any work. He has a super fun personality and has so much character. The high school kids made fun of him all the time, which was so sad. He is a polyglot and speaks at least 5 languages fluently and has a masters in Education. He travelled extensively in his youth and told all kinds of stories about stealing oranges off the trees in Morocco and kicking over the coffeepot in the break room while playing ninja at his construction job. 

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11 hours ago, Morihalda said:

Monday, March 15: Did you have a favorite teacher in school? What did you like about them?

My 6th Grade Teacher, Richard Paasch, really was a fantastic man, who really helped me. What is neat a few years ago we connected over the 'net and now are friends!

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11 hours ago, Morihalda said:

Monday, March 15: Did you have a favorite teacher in school? What did you like about them?

I loved my 3rd grade substitute teacher because she was a nice lady. Noëlla was her name (on account that she was born on Christmas day).

 

I was 8 years old, so it didn't take much to make a positive impression on me. And it happened that she lived at the far end of the street from me.

 

I've had other good teachers, but I don't recall their names. Many of my high school teachers had nicknames and not necessarily flattering ones.

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