Favorite Teacher

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    Aug 20, 2012 2:23 AM GMT
    There are, of course, many...

    The late Dr. David M. Scholer, a New Testament seminary professor and scholar, who strongly advocated for women in ministry, and who had not only an incredibly encyclopedic knowledge of the NT and its backgrounds but the ability to inspire through his teaching, in such a way, that left his students intellectually aroused, spiritually curious, and striving for intellectual integrity through the pursuit of academic scholarship of the Bible. He radically changed my approach toward the Bible. His compassion compelled us to have courage to ask the hard questions. Through his own life, to love God to the very end with a grateful and generous spirit even unto his death in 2008, due to cancer complications. I had the privilege and joy to visit the Holy Land with him.

    He will never be forgotten. To get a taste of his awesome teaching, enjoy his awesome class on iTunes U, a wealth of knowledge for free.
  • Nayro

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    Aug 20, 2012 2:24 AM GMT
    I forgot about my teachers back in high school. But at the moment you are my favorite teacher Coach Mike icon_smile.gificon_cool.gif
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    Aug 20, 2012 2:27 AM GMT
    Thank you to all the posters for remembering a teacher. It is easy to state a negative but you have chosen to remember ones that have touched your lives.

    My favourite was my Math 30 and 31 teacher Mr. Martin...he made us think. He always said if you cannot ballpark the answer you have no right to be in the class. He was always professional and treated all with respect. Amazing teacher.

    Mrs. T was amazing too...one of the most eccentric ones that ever walked the halls of any school. But, we remember those don't we?

    Now that I have been in the classroom for many years, I enter September every year with excitement as the students are always keen and full of optimism. They still dream and use imagination. That is inspiration!

    And final comment, wow...easy to see where people are from by how they post, 11th grade vs. grade 11, or year 12...etc....
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    Aug 20, 2012 11:09 PM GMT
    Daelin saidI forgot about my teachers back in high school. But at the moment you are my favorite teacher Coach Mike icon_smile.gificon_cool.gif


    I don't see you on my roll. May I see your registration form?
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    Aug 20, 2012 11:21 PM GMT
    My favorite teacher was probably my 4th grade teacher. That's because she was a sweetheart. I never had a teacher who inspired me. That seems wrong. I guess it's not to late. If you're a teacher, please feel free to inspire me. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 20, 2012 11:28 PM GMT
    I'm somewhat paranoid about this sort of question.

    It turns out to be what my bank will ask me online, whenever I forget my password.

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    Aug 21, 2012 3:01 PM GMT
    Coach_Mike said
    Daelin saidI forgot about my teachers back in high school. But at the moment you are my favorite teacher Coach Mike icon_smile.gificon_cool.gif


    I don't see you on my roll. May I see your registration form?


    can't we work something out? icon_sad.gif
  • HottJoe

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    Aug 21, 2012 3:09 PM GMT
    My teachers were bullies. Then again I went to a gay-hating Catholic school. icon_sad.gif

    College was better.
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    Aug 21, 2012 8:31 PM GMT
    rodo saidI'm somewhat paranoid about this sort of question.

    It turns out to be what my bank will ask me online, whenever I forget my password.

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    You're right.icon_lol.gif They also always ask "What is the name of the street you lived on as a child?" and "What is the name of your childhood pet?" which I always thought was the way you derive your porn name.
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    Aug 21, 2012 8:46 PM GMT
    Ms. J- English 10 and 11. Through humorous lectures and in depth discussion, she helped me shape how I saw the world through new ideas that were old but still relevant today. Also- she lead the green club in my high school, which was a small group of people that tried to get our high school to be more sustainable, but alas- we were so broke that our biggest accomplishment was getting recycle bins, and that took a 1.5 year battle.

    Ms. B- Biology- she inspired me to excel in science through thoroughly explaining the concepts and using cartoons, and honestly- if not for her, I would be an accountant rather than a civil engineer. Unfortunately, she passed away my senior year of high school of heart failure, but there really isn't anybody else like her.

    Mr. S- Ethology- He was challenging as hell, and at the time, I hated it, but also changed my life in the aspect that he allowed me to self-reflect on myself and the stuff that I learned in the animal kingdom made me less self-conscience of myself, which allowed me to become more confident of a person.
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    Aug 21, 2012 8:52 PM GMT
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    Bullwinklemoos saidMs. J- English 10 and 11. Through humorous lectures and in depth discussion, she helped me shape how I saw the world through new ideas that were old but still relevant today. Also- she lead the green club in my high school, which was a small group of people that tried to get our high school to be more sustainable, but alas- we were so broke that our biggest accomplishment was getting recycle bins, and that took a 1.5 year battle.
    WTF?


    I went to a redneck as hell high school, and the only thing we could do within the budget to be sustainable is just place recycle bins in the halls and cafeteria.
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    Aug 22, 2012 3:51 AM GMT
    Several names come to mind, but if I had to choose one, I would go with my undergraduate professor, advisor, supporter and friend, Les Howard. He challenged me intellectually in the classroom, inspired me to follow my dreams and helped me with my coming out process. We still keep in touch. Every summer when I go back home, we get together for drinks - and to this day he won't let me pay!
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    Aug 22, 2012 3:53 AM GMT
    Coach Mike. Skipped his class everyday, still gave me an A.
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    Aug 22, 2012 4:07 AM GMT
    shortstuffs saidCoach Mike. Skipped his class everyday, still gave me an A.

    The OP was your teacher?
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    Aug 22, 2012 4:18 AM GMT
    I really can't name just one. I'm lucky to have had a lot of fine teachers and professors all the way through school. I'm so lucky to have gone to great schools........I'm very grateful.
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    May 05, 2013 3:51 PM GMT
    I thought I'd open this back up in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6-10 with Tuesday being designated National Teacher Appreciation Day). Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to Conquest and Onyx5 and TIB and Misfit and the other teachers I've met here.
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    May 05, 2013 3:56 PM GMT
    Thanks!
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    May 05, 2013 3:56 PM GMT
    Coach_Mike saidI thought I'd open this back up in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6-10 with Tuesday being designated National Teacher Appreciation Day). Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to Conquest and Onyx5 and TIB and Misfit and the other teachers I've met here.


    Aw thank you!

    I know we traditionally accept apples but vodka would work just as well

    I remember when I was kid we used to ball out for teacher appreciation today. My parents would buy this huge basket filled with as much chocolate and gift certificates and etc they could fit in there. We weren't the only ones. People really appreciated the hard work teachers did back then.

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    May 05, 2013 3:58 PM GMT
    I have an interesting take on teachers and staff, both at the public school level (k-12) and University level as about half my clients are public school employees.
    I have empathy for so many of them in these changing times!

    I have several "favorite" teachers, favorite for different reasons. One of them was my chemistry & physics teacher from high school. He challenged me in a way I hadn't been previously. His classes were harder than most and you had to work to get an "A" or "B". (85% was the lowest "B" in his class). I worked hard and it helped me substantially when I started college.

    When he retired 3 years ago, I wrote about the style and challenge he gave us as his students and it was read in front of the entire teacher organization. He is a financial client of mine today and still holds me to account! We are actually due for an annual review. Great teacher!
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    May 05, 2013 4:00 PM GMT
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    Coach_Mike saidI thought I'd open this back up in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6-10 with Tuesday being designated National Teacher Appreciation Day). Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to Conquest and Onyx5 and TIB and Misfit and the other teachers I've met here.


    Aw thank you!

    I know we traditionally accept apples but vodka would work just as well

    I remember when I was kid we used to ball out for teacher appreciation today. My parents would buy this huge basket filled with as much chocolate and gift certificates and etc they could fit in there. We weren't the only ones. People really appreciated the hard work teachers did back then.


    We still see some of that at the elementary level but I know from friends at the middle school, high school and college level that the week goes by with nobody acknowledging them but Chick-fil-a (free sandwiches Tuesday with a teacher id).
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    May 05, 2013 4:02 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidI have an interesting take on teachers and staff, both at the public school level (k-12) and University level as about half my clients are public school employees.
    I have empathy for so many of them in these changing times!

    I have several "favorite" teachers, favorite for different reasons. One of them was my chemistry & physics teacher from high school. He challenged me in a way I hadn't been previously. His classes were harder than most and you had to work to get an "A" or "B". (85% was the lowest "B" in his class). I worked hard and it helped me substantially when I started college.

    When he retired 3 years ago, I wrote about the style and challenge he gave us as his students and it was read in front of the entire teacher organization. He is a financial client of mine today and still holds me to account! We are actually due for an annual review. Great teacher!

    Thanks for identifying yourself as being in finance. When you said half your clients were teachers I figured you were a psychiatrist.
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    May 05, 2013 4:04 PM GMT
    I actually really liked most of my teachers. My favorite though was Mr. Brekke, my high school U.S. History teacher. He taught us to look beyond basic facts and get to the root of the reason why things happened and to question what we are told. Unfortunately, when I was in college, he was killed by a drunk driver who happened to be a former friend of mine who was awaiting trial for a prior DUI.
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    May 05, 2013 4:05 PM GMT
    Yeah, I think in the 8 years I have taught I have received a small gift from a student twice - and they were non-traditional older students.

    Not that I'm complaining. It's just a different world.
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    May 05, 2013 4:07 PM GMT
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    MisfitToy said
    Coach_Mike saidI thought I'd open this back up in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6-10 with Tuesday being designated National Teacher Appreciation Day). Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to Conquest and Onyx5 and TIB and Misfit and the other teachers I've met here.


    Aw thank you!

    I know we traditionally accept apples but vodka would work just as well

    I remember when I was kid we used to ball out for teacher appreciation today. My parents would buy this huge basket filled with as much chocolate and gift certificates and etc they could fit in there. We weren't the only ones. People really appreciated the hard work teachers did back then.


    We still see some of that at the elementary level but I know from friends at the middle school, high school and college level that the week goes by with nobody acknowledging them but Chick-fil-a (free sandwiches Tuesday with a teacher id).


    Yeah when I worked with middle school aged kids we didn't see jack diddly squat. There was one parent though who ever year made lunch for the staff. Nothing major. Just ribs, greens, Mac and cheese, potato salad, maybe cornbread. But hey it was better than nothing.
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    May 05, 2013 4:22 PM GMT
    I've had a lot of good teachers in my life, not all of them in traditional school settings.

    But speaking of the latter, the one that stands out most is Mr. Wheeler who taught arts and crafts. This is a subject that most would think is very superficial, making paper flowers or something along those lines. This was not the case in my high school. The school itself was an experimental public school and rather famous. There were write-ups about it in TIME and LOOK magazines (this was the 1960s).

    Mr. Wheeler felt that most of his students would not become artists and so his approach to teaching was to, as he put it, "educate consumers." This may sound rather odd but his focus was on design, what made 'good design', regardless of the product. In his classes one learned drawing, sculpting, ceramics (both hand-built and throwing on a wheel), painting, jewelry design and metal casting and much, much more. For example, one of my class projects was to build a 4x5 pin-hole camera from scratch.

    He had a very charismatic teaching style and was always challenging us to think 'outside the box' and to explore our sensibilities as well as our craftsmanship. He drove a convertible Porche, which I thought was very cool, wasn't married and I suspected he might be gay. Turns out I was wrong about that, he was more of a play-boy type, lol! He died a few years ago but we had kept in contact for many, many years, as did many of his previous students. He was an important influence in my life.