Teachers you Loved - Or hated

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    Nov 16, 2010 12:35 AM GMT
    I was bitching in another thread about a physics teacher I once had (but I deleted the post) and it made me wonder about other peoples's teachers - good and bad.

    Tell us about them and why they stood out for some reason?
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    Nov 16, 2010 12:40 AM GMT
    I did NOT like my Grade 11 (Junior year) Physics teacher.

    BIG culture clash.

    He was from Louisiana and would often adopt a Loosiana Cajun accent for humourous effect.

    But as the lone Canadian in the class I thought he was mocking French so I resented that. ( I didn't yet know Cajun was a bastardized derivatrive of French.

    He wasn't speaking "mock-French" at all - it was Cajun. Later I learned of the Acadian expulsion from Canada but only once i retuirned to Canada

    He would also make "jokes" that as a non-American I could not possibly know were jokes.

    He talked often about the "Mason-Dixon-deBlanc Line that divided the north and southern states. - so that is what I answered on a test in US history and it affected my grade.

    I was REALLY pissed. I demanded a meeting with the US History teacher, the Cdn and US headmasters, and this teacher and showed them how I answered "Mason-Dixon-deBlanc Line.

    I questioned whether he was really fit to teach in a private international school.
    (OK I didn't "question" - I called him an idiot, unfit to teach.)
    He yelled at me "you sit there and look at me with an expression of total CONTEMPT on your face!"

    "Oh, so you aren't a total idiot then."

    The meeting ended very hostilely, but my mark got adjusted in US history (which was REQUIRED for graduation, along with US government)

    The only positive that came out of that was the American teachers had a day-long seminar to realise their "foreign" students wouldn't recognise such"jokes."

    For the next year I'd pass him in the hall, smile overly broadly (bare my fangs) and say " va t' shier, et leche mon queue, mon grosse bonhomme, sir!"

    He would grunt and walk on. I doubt if he ever knew what I was saying to him icon_lol.gif

    He couldn't ask the French teacher either - because the French teacher taught French Level I and II (out of a book) . I took French Level IV, (a "class" of just me, which consisted of him giving me a french novel and sending me to the library. ( I wonder if i ever read it? I don't think so. I read Sci-fi and plays)

    We would speak French to each other though. He had a great sense of humour (and I think now he was gay) Then I'd slip into a Québecois accent and he wouldn't understand me at all. icon_smile.gif
    French wasn't required for a credit 0 I was only afraid of losing my French while I was in an American school.


    My parents got me an occasional French tutor too - a Belgian female colonel (ooooh she was gorgeous! I developed a HUGE crush) who would come to our house to smooth out my accent and just converse with me in French.
    - I took on a more Belgian sound for a while apparently. It is gone now. I speak French now like an anglo.

    So I fell in lust with her.

    Meanwhile at school we had a Chenistry teacher Mr Helmuth (Heil Helmuth!)
    (whom I now realise was most definitely gay.

    He was body builder whom I would undress with my eyes every day while he literally strutted back and forth on his dais.
    I passed his class.

    He was as arrogant as I was. (now I'm humile and sweet as acid pie).

    He once told me I should try to "emanate" someone - I said "you mean emulate."

    He said very loftily "no, it is EMANATE."

    So I gave a definition and insisted the word he wanted was "emulate."

    "I won't argue chemistry with me if you dont argue vocabulary with me"

    He strutted into the back and brought out a dictionary and stood in front of me, ostentatiously slipping through it. He stopped, read, then looked at me and saw me staring right at his crotch.. I fled.

    I always wished I had just met his gaze instead of (literally) running.

    So I fell in total lust wih him.
    (making for one VERY confused 15 year old).
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    Nov 16, 2010 12:43 AM GMT
    There's this one history teacher in 9th grade who changed everything for me. I found some stuff written by him on a blog (I have no relationship to the blogger):
    http://thejokeblog.blogspot.com/2006_05_01_archive.htmlIn that instant, I knew what it was to be initiated into a tradition; not just the classics (which were automatically assumed to include the Vulgate, St. Augustine, Prudentius, and St. Gregory), but into what I can only call the tradition of Christian humanism: It was from Fr. Walter that I learned neither to fear nor to idolize intellect; to take responsibility for my own education; to link self-respect to objective achievement, not to sugary compliment; to respect persons but not necessarily the ideas they hold; to expect to have what one says taken seriously and, as need be, seriously taken apart; to see that human dignity is grounded in the gift of an immortal soul, not the growth of an inflated self, and, above all, to understand that the doing of however humble a task can truly be A.M.D.G


    I don't buy the soul and AMDG part, but everything else came from that tough Western Civ. class he taught.
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    Nov 16, 2010 12:43 AM GMT
    I loved my First and Second grade teacher (same woman), and I loved my Sixth grade teacher. They were angels.

    The Business teacher was an absolute ass (and happened to be gay).
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    Nov 16, 2010 12:47 AM GMT
    I really liked my 11th grade history teacher , his name was mr.fazzari and he was italian but from england and had a british accent. He was soo hot and I was one of his favorite student, he would always call me his right hand man icon_biggrin.gif! Oh he stood out to me since first of all he was a hot italian shaved head guy with some nice looking tats and he was pretty funny and cool. Hmmm didnt know if he was gay or not since he would always put his hands around my shoulder and everytime I see him smoking a cig he would always come up to me and want to talk. Another teacher I liked was my 6th grade math teacher name Mr, Markarian, he was hot as well, a hot tall dark head jew from boston who had a deep hunky voice! He was really cool and helped me out a lot and I was his favorite student! Another teacher I liked was my 12th grade teacher name Ms. Chung, she was freaking awesome and that class was the best class I had during that year.

    I dont really have any teacher I hated, the ones I hated were the ones I failed due to my own fault of ditching class or not paying attention.
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    Nov 16, 2010 1:03 AM GMT
    I LOVED my English teacher at that same school. Mrs Jean E|der (who also ran the Model UN and NATO) She awakened a real passion for writing and worked me hard. I thought she hated me - then found out she had put me up for the NHS (National honour Society)

    I actually declined. (I did not know what it was)


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    Nov 16, 2010 1:36 AM GMT
    After I graduated I went back to Canada and took Grade 13 (!) - which we had then in Ontario -it was called the college preparatory year or something.

    I actually did not bother with classes much - I had already graduated once, I was just marking time while I got a bit older (I'd graduated at 16).

    But the drama teacher, Mr David Galbraith , pretty much let me take over the studio and a group of us did our own thing there.

    In retrospect, realise he had burned out. The drama programme was just a bird course, so the Grade 13s (who were serious about it) did our own thing.

    I was given the Theatre Prize that year (but could not collect it in person because I was performing in my first professional show. icon_biggrin.gif

    I came out to Mr. G after I attempted suicide and he had taken me out to dinner.

    I went into therapy. after a clumsy overdose of Anacin tablets of all things (it was all I could get my hands on. I took 125 of them. I counted them as I took them one at a time with sips of Coke (gaah imagine what that was doing to my stomach lining!)

    After two months with this psychologist I felt felt I trusted him enough to say " I think I'm gay."

    He said "You're not gay."

    And that ended that. icon_rolleyes.gif

    So I stopped going to him.

    I told my brother-in-law " I think I am manic depressive (which was the term then - now we call it bipolar disorder.)

    He said, "you're not manic." And that ended that. icon_rolleyes.gif


    Years later, after I suffered a stroke, my doctors - reviewing my life history - said unequivocally - "you have a bipolar disorder and from your history you always have. You developed coping mechanisms but the stroke disabled them," so I was now suffering full blown uncontrolled bipolar episodes.

    Now it is medically managed with only occasional bouts of hypomania (which is actually really exhilarating!)


    So I really feel every time I reached out for help and said what was wrong, I was just met with dismissal.
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    Nov 16, 2010 1:41 AM GMT
    Mr G made such an impact on my life, I bought a painting by him (it is the huge dramatic red and black painting you can see in some of my profile pics.

    It is huge - it used to hang in his theatre studio in the school (which i thought of as MY studio) so when I opened my own theatre, I bought it from him and it hung in my theatre.
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  • MrPapo317

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    Nov 16, 2010 1:59 AM GMT
    my 10 grade science teacher. he has all these phd's he was in his mid 60's. he was like the House at our school. you could hear him screaming down the hall at the class, but everyone loved him. he showed everyone tough love and never had anyone in my class get below a B if they showed up. he made sure that if you didnt know to ask. if you got something wrong he would partner you up with someone who knew.
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    Nov 16, 2010 2:01 AM GMT
    7th grade titular. 9 out of 10 people that ever had him will invariably claim he was the best teacher of their lives. He was this 70 year old aesthete. Smartest and most ethical person I have ever met. He would take us to the opera, gave us such a rigorous education on the Spanish language.

    Oh as far as hated, my 8th and 10th grade English teachers. Fucking cunts. They'd fail my assignments because they thought I copied them or ripped them off from somewhere. They said I wasn't smart enough to produce that quality.
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    Nov 16, 2010 2:03 AM GMT
    I have a HUGE crush on my Political Science teacher icon_redface.gifmainly because he really knows how to engage the entire class, not just book-wise but through actual interaction and real-time experiences and examples from what he had learned as an attorney. He's also openly gay and partnered.
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    Nov 16, 2010 2:09 AM GMT
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    Oh as far as hated, my 8th and 10th grade English teachers. Fucking cunts. They'd fail my assignments because they thought I copied them or ripped them off from somewhere. They said I wasn't smart enough to produce that quality.


    That's sad. I remember in sophomore year, for a summer reading assignment I did this rather (I thought) mundane essay on The Old Man and the Sea (most BOOOOORING book ever but I made something out of it), and I got called into my English teacher's office...

    Whoops, I thought, there goes my grade.

    He said, "This is really good. I want you to study independently with Dr. L [another English teacher for seniors]."

    And I never looked back. (And learned calculus that year, did AP chemistry before even knowing any chemistry, and graduated HS in 3 years)
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    Nov 16, 2010 2:27 AM GMT
    I had some very good teachers in both grade school and high school.
    My worst teacher I ever had was my 2nd grade teacher. She was horrible. I had really bad kidney problems that year and was sick a lot. When my mom would call in for me and tell her I would not be there, she would call me a mommas boy and said that I will never be anything. One day I got really sick after I had been at school for a couple of hours. I asked her to go home and she said no, that I had to stay there until lunch time and I could walk home for lunch as usual. It was lunch time and we all stood in line and put our coats on and she said to me, "well, I am sure that we will not see you again today! Go home and be with your mama"! I promptly threw up all over her!
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    Nov 16, 2010 3:22 AM GMT
    My senior year English teacher was a rancid cunt. I would turn in my papers in only to get them back all red. Even if I corrected the errors she pointed out it would still come back all marked. It was during that time that I found out my dad was gravely ill. I gave up trying to do anything for that class, I gave her the middle finger one day and walked out. I had to take sophomore English in summer school to graduate.
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    Nov 16, 2010 3:50 AM GMT
    I had two kinds of high school teachers. Those who tried to teach me, and those who supported my efforts to teach myself. I liked the latter, but the former lead to a long string of power struggles which inevitably led to detentions I never showed up for.

    It got worse in college. Seems there's a direct correlation between all those fancy little letters behind a name and ego size.

    I did have one really good prof that I'm still friends with. He really didn't try to teach me at all. He just hooked me up with whatever resources I needed, answered any questions I had, and helped me meet other knowledgeable people. I probably learned more from him than everyone else combined.
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    Nov 16, 2010 7:04 AM GMT
    my biology teacher from my sophmore year. this guy was a hipie from the 60's. alot of stoires he told us acid trips, difference between MJ (60's vs present) was an interesting biology class.
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    Nov 16, 2010 7:35 AM GMT
    The flight instructor I chose to give me my Commercial Pilot training had less flight hours than me and less knowledge base than me (I studied A LOT), but I chose him because he was fucking hot and I knew I didn't need his training...just his signature to take the practical exam. He only flew with me once to make sure I knew all the maneuvers, then signed me off for the exam when I purposely scared the shit out of him with some aerobatics I'd learned earlier in my training. icon_lol.gif
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    Nov 16, 2010 8:38 AM GMT
    UpperCanadian said Then I'd slip into a Québecois accent and he wouldn't understand me at all. icon_smile.gif



    Je ne comprends pas un mot de Quebecois, franchement, ce n'est pas francais, cela icon_razz.gif
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    Nov 16, 2010 8:40 AM GMT
    Ive never hated any of my teachers.... I dont understand why people complain about them... Maybe I was just lucky they were always nice to me.... Or maybe I was just a goody-two-shoes in class who always did his homework and never broke a rule ( I was actually, even though I did not like school, I was a prototype of a good boy as a child )
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    Nov 16, 2010 9:32 AM GMT
    i liked most of mine.........grades 2. 3, 4 and my high school psych teachers were favs........actually ran into the second grade teacher last week while back in the town i grew up in........occassionally email the fav high school teacher..........and my grade K teacher may end up being my oldest niece's grade K teacher next year............i can't believe she's still teaching.......and grade K at that.........1 week of that would send me over the edge...........but 30+ years?!
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    Nov 16, 2010 9:42 AM GMT
    It was my history instructor at academy, he was great. Being in an apolitical environment he wasn't trying to push any agendas to support either side (seems to go on a lot more in schools today, even universities).

    He just talked about actual history. It was fascinating to me, and made me pretty much fall in love with history. I was also a bit angry because none of this stuff was even remotely talked about when I was middle school-high school age.. I'm now moving into a teaching career, and I see why so many students are bored with history and or just don't know it, because they get fed crap.. Even in universities, a lot of this stuff you have to learn on your own through reading.
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    Nov 16, 2010 9:54 AM GMT
    Awesome topic. I'm awake at 1:45..Jetlag back from Sydney! Day 1.

    Anyway, Best school teacher was my high school biology teacher and close second was my high school english teacher.

    They were awesome, I learned alot.

    WORSE was my 4th grade general class teacher Mrs Green, and the next was Mrs Able. She was NOT able to do anything let me tell you.

    ahh. I feel much better.

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    Nov 16, 2010 10:12 AM GMT
    IHG84 saidIt was my history instructor at academy, he was great. Being in an apolitical environment he wasn't trying to push any agendas to support either side (seems to go on a lot more in schools today, even universities).

    He just talked about actual history. It was fascinating to me, and made me pretty much fall in love with history. I was also a bit angry because none of this stuff was even remotely talked about when I was middle school-high school age.. I'm now moving into a teaching career, and I see why so many students are bored with history and or just don't know it, because they get fed crap.. Even in universities, a lot of this stuff you have to learn on your own through reading.


    In order to tell history you’ve got to have a narrator, you’ve got to tell a story. Storytelling is the most effective way human beings have found to communicate with each other and history has a lot to do with storytelling; the best historians have always been those who can communicate well with the broader community around them.

    I'm doing a masters degree in Public History and I must say I was largely influenced by most of my History teachers which were all amazing storytellers but above all, they were passionate.
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    Nov 16, 2010 10:25 AM GMT
    My most loved and most hated teachers were English teachers.

    Grade 7: My teacher deducted 20 - 25% off the top for bad handwriting. My parents bought an old IBM selectric (they were not going to spring for one of those "computer things."icon_lol.gif ) She deducted 25% because I used white-out when typing. Final grade 60%

    Grade 8: final grade 90%

    Grade 9: Same teacher as grade 7. 52% in English- just enough to get by.

    Finally grade 10. One of my most loved teachers. I ended up with 95% in English and two of the essays that I wrote scored tops in the school. (Yeah, I know, my English has went to pot since graduating...)

    Grade 11. My other favourite teacher (also my grade 12 teacher.) If you did not like a mark in his class he let you rewrite the essay or paper as many times as you wanted. Very few students took advantage of this offer- but you had nobody but yourself to blame or thank for your mark. His reasoning was that as long as you are learning (by redoing essays or the likes) he was doing his job as a teacher. Great man.

    I always wanted to return to my grade 9 teacher with my marks and as her what the hell she had against me (and she DID have something against me- it was personal.)
  • Latenight30

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    Nov 16, 2010 12:07 PM GMT
    When I was in 10th grade I got the honor of having Sara Mott as my English teacher. She is also the reason I do what I do today. She directed the first musical for my HS in almost 5 years there. It's where I 'caught the theater bug."
    She passed away about 3 or 4 years ago. I hope that one day if I ever get a big award I can publicly thank her for what she allowed me to explore. She really respected me and I continued to work for her on all her larger shows at that school.
    I had a male teacher in 5th grade that was just an awful mean SOB. He was just a weasel. I was actually removed from the class because of his treatment.

    the good and the bad.