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Who was your favorite teacher

Polticians talking about their favourite teachers.

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Comment by Nines on April 10, 2009 at 9:01pm
I have just posted this video in my blog to ask my students to answer the question.
What about the teachers of EFL classroom? Do you remember a special teacher? What made that teacher special?
Mine was one of the English teachers I had when I was at secondary school. I remember him riding on his Vespa (motorcycle) and always smiling.I was very shy and I didn´t like school very much but in his lessons you felt at ease. Next month we´re celebrating the school anniversary.It would be nice to see him again.

Comment by ddeubel on April 11, 2009 at 12:44am
Great post Nines! Interesting....

My favorite teacher was Mr. Worth (he might even read this!). Grade 9/10 math teacher/cheerleader. Always had only good things to say to each student. Always positive, he's stand outside his door in the hallway and greet EVERY student. "nice coat Glen!", "Wow, excellent volleyball game Susie!". He connected as a person and on a deep level with students. He'd also get us to practice for every test. He'd wink and say, " now I can't say for sure if these will be on the test, but if you do them well, they just might be!" the test was always exactly what we'd done the day before! (I still only got a C!) But thank you Mr. Worth.

Comment by Ellen Pham on April 11, 2009 at 2:52am
David, are you sure you tried hard enough? Or was something distracting you? And think of that poor man... "I show them the answers, and they still only get Cs?" :D Such is a teacher's life. Nothing like teenagers to keep you young and humble.

When thinking about your question, Nines, three teachers came to me- my fourth grade teacher, my 9th grade biology teacher, and my music teacher in community college. What they have in common is that each of them was enthusiastic about and very competent in their subject; each had a gentle core that no matter what the rest of their personalities were like, when push came to shove could be counted on with confidence (not a mean bone in their teaching bodies); and each believed in me.

I've had a few more teachers come close to being special, but not quite in the same way. When thinking about it, they were missing one of the three traits.

And then there was the one that was Satan spawn. He needed to be stopped, but because of his intellectual competence, he got away with it. Mean. It was advanced high school math. I had skipped a year. When I asked a question, he would tell me it was stupid, and not answer it. I was new in the school, in with older kids, it only took a few times before I shut up. Somewhere in the second year, I started just putting my head down, for the whole class. He seemed satisfied; he left me alone. But one day, he started talking about math theory, and zero. I lifted my head up, and started talking about it too. I said something, and he replied, You couldn't have said that. You're not smart enough to say that. And I looked at him, and in a flash I knew... all this time, he had been threatened by my ability. But it was too late, my confidence had been crushed. I put my head back down, and I've never taken another real math class again (statistics doesn't count : ) ).

What a downer! Sorry! I still want someone to go beat him up.

Comment by FrauleinSenk on April 13, 2009 at 4:06am
My favorite teacher was Frau Dagmar Hahn. She taught me in 5th or 6th grade French/English/Music when I was studying at the German School in Kuala Lumpur. She influenced my musical preferences by introducing me to the Beatles & taught me how to play the guitar. Now, many years later, I see her as a benchmark of what a teacher should be: caring, understanding & life-changing. Thank you, Frau Dagmar Hahn! You have changed my life forever!

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