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February 6th, 2013, 08:16 PM
Sorry for the generic title. Anyway, who were your favorite teachers you've had? What did they teach you? Who were your least favorites? What would you tell them, either your favorite or least favorite, if you saw them now? (If you have something overly rude, perhaps just keep it to yourself.)
February 6th, 2013, 08:35 PM
My favorite teacher was my 9th Grade English I teacher, Mrs. Christensen. She was absolutely fabulous. She was the first teacher in my entire education path that seemed to legitimately care about each and every one of her students and actually hope to teach them something worth while to give them a healthy nudge into the harsh reality that is the world.
My least favorite? There are too many to name and I can't begin to describe them.
February 6th, 2013, 08:52 PM
All time favorite teachers:
I think she was a persian woman. Funny accent. Not many liked her, but I was very fond of her. She was around 50-60 years old, but she had such a nerdy sense of humor and made corny science jokes and I loved them. She was a great teacher too. I think she had too much patience with the kids in our class, I feel bad for that, because kids always did stupid stuff in her class and she never really punished them too hard.
Another science teacher. She was all out hilarious and made jokes out of almost everything. Tons of cool projects were done with her. She was into what the kids were into. Also she let us abbreviate words a lot. Less writing = less hurt wrist.
He is my current science teacher. Very nice, very patient (too patient, again). He takes time explaining things and does a LOT of drawings to help us understand stuff. If a kid asks a question, he will find an object in the class that could help demonstrate that and use it to help explain. He is witty, too. If a kid gives him attitude, he'll find an amazing way to respond and I always feel slightly embarrassed for the kid who just got BUUURRNNNED. Haha.
He is a somewhat older asian man, and at first I did not like him because he was a little strict. A lot of the time he makes no sense, but all of his students understand him. Everyone else thinks he's nutso. He has a long fu-man-chu mustache and dyes his hair purple and blue. He wears ugly sweaters and strange ties, and strangely colored pants matched by two different color crocs to go along with it. He is all out hilarious, and goes at his own pace. He is an amazing geometry teacher.
He was my algebra teacher. Very funny guy, loved using physical examples for new subjects. He let us make games and rollercoasters in class related to math and once or twice he let us try and throw beach balls at him. He was very nice, too.
My 7th grade history teacher. She was just a very sweet, fragile woman, honestly. Always thoroughly explained the events and helped people constantly. Always showed cute little videos and cartoons on history. Very fun teacher.
I have one more but I forgot her name.
February 6th, 2013, 08:58 PM
I loved my elementary school teachers - I still talk to my 4th and 5th grade teachers on Facebook once in a while, and I went to my 4th grade teacher's wedding about eight years ago.
My middle school teachers were either love or hate, I had one who was rather rude who threatened to give my friend and I detention because we were in the hall (she was getting a textbook from her locker) during lunch, when we should have been in the cafeteria (they literally corraled us there...) and she said if anything was stolen that we'd be the suspects, wth?
For the most part my high school teachers were pretty generic, just kinda there for a paycheck and not really engaging except the teachers who coached sports and had the athletes in their class. For the most part, high school was just a slightly more free middle school, haha.
But, the impact my elementary school teachers had on me is actually the main reason why I'm going for a Bachelor's in primary education and eventually a teaching certificate right now.
February 6th, 2013, 09:03 PM
I had the most awesome 7th Grade teacher that I had for both Math and Science class. She was pretty funny, but she retired the next year and went to work in real estate. Then I was supposed to have the coolest teacher for 9th Grade, but I got another good teacher. And he was the only teacher in the school that could raise his voice and not break after. Then the teacher I was supposed to have got transferred to the High School I'm in, and he pokes into our classroom every so often. I didn't have any memorable teachers in Elementary School though.
February 6th, 2013, 09:37 PM
I've got a few teachers that are my favourites for both personality-wise but their teaching skills.
...is my current year 12 Chemistry teacher and I trust her advice and suggestions on how to study, what to study, exam techniques etc 100%. She used to be an analytical chemist for a university (which I can't remember at the moment), before she used to teach first year medical students. She's probably one of about two teachers I look up to a lot.
He's my current Mathematical Methods teacher and was my year 10 teacher last year for maths as well. He's really down to earth and a clear-cut teacher. He'll tell you what needs to be done, how to do it and when certain things need to be done by and that's it. He's the other teacher I really look up to.
She was my year 9 English teacher and she was pretty clear cut too, but she also like to relax a little and share a joke or two with us which was always nice. There's nothing worse than a completely banal teacher.
I don't know why I still remember him haha. He was my year 7 and 8 Science teacher, who knew his stuff. He mainly specialised in Biology, but he also knew the basics of Physics and Chemistry as well.
She's probably my favourite teacher personality wise...because well she was seriously naive but in a funny way. She was far from stupid, but she didn't quite catch onto our jokes as well as other teachers. She was my year 8 and 9 maths teacher and she was a mathematical machine!
And yeah those are my favourite teachers. I've got a few I dislike too:
February 6th, 2013, 11:18 PM
I only had two favorite teachers.
This dude taught math classes and he was best known for being a huge Star Wars fan. Every Halloween he dressed up as Episode 1 Obi-Wan and he'd give bonus grades if you brought him Star Wars merch that he didn't already own. It was extremely difficult to do that. The only time I ever saw someone get a bonus grade was when they gave him a pack of stickers that was made when A New Hope came out. He was the only teacher I saw when I visited after I graduated and he approved of the book I was reading (Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken) and I've never felt more pride in my life.
She was my Theater teacher and I worked with her foooorrr...six years? Six years, countless productions, eight competitions, and I mentored her son. She's actually my favorite teacher of all time because we went through so much together and I was always eager to key a judge's car on our school's behalf since we never won a single competition. She also once called me her Tech Guru and that still makes me smile.
Least favorite list is looooonnnng but the worst is really, really prominent.
We never learned what the D stood for. She was an assistant teacher who later became a full teacher at the career center that I went to for Culinary Arts and she, herself, is the sole reason why I dropped that crap with only a semester to go. She believed that she had absolute authority over all classes at all times and she dealt with problems in a Bill Lumbergh fashion. Mopping the kitchen floor was my TPS report except I did it numerous times.
February 7th, 2013, 01:52 AM
Less favorite teachers-most of them in high/grade school
Favorite- only one
Mr. Mc Donald: He was my RE teacher who let me get away with doodling instead of doing the work, just because I told him I could not do the work.
February 7th, 2013, 02:59 AM
My favorite teacher was my 11th grade English teacher, Ms. Brown. She was sweet, kind, and funny, but my favorite thing was how she continuously complimented my writing and let me know whenever she was impressed. She ended up photocopying a lot of my work, mostly my poems. Because of this, she encouraged me to do well in all subjects when I couldn't care less about school previously. She helped spark my love of books and my insatiable thirst for knowledge.
My other favorite teachers are all ones that have made me feel better about my self. These include my 11th grade History and Nursing/Health Education teacher (who both constantly complimented my memory), my 12th grade English teacher (he also loved my writing), and my 3rd-5th grade band teacher (he thought I was great at sax, got me into some all-regional band in 5th grade, and then inspired me to keep playing throughout my years at school).
My least favorite teachers were the boring ones. The ones that did nothing but preach their curriculum. This includes my 11th grade math teacher, and my 10th grade accounting teacher. I had issues with sleeping in their classes and I did not do well. My 10th grade chemistry teacher was also boring as hell, but I loved Chemistry so I still did well. None of them tried to connect with the students, which was a huge no-no for me.
February 7th, 2013, 05:52 AM
I have one favorite teacher of all time. surprisingly he's a math teacher! His name is Mr. Gertenbach and he is the most funniest teacher you'd ever had. He took every single math class existed, so if you ever need help with math, he's pretty much your guy....because he literally knows his math. Without him, I would've not passed my geometry class junior year and moved on to Algebra 2. Too bad he moved to Arizona during my senior year though.
Least favorite is Mr. Prabhu. Also a math teacher. The complete opposite of above. He was very strict. I got detention almost everyday from this guy for coming five seconds late to class (not exaggerating btw!) and he literally does not know his math at all. The worst part is that it's freshman algebra and well...freshman kids back then were pretty ehhhh XD He got fired for hitting a student with an object, though. Wow.
February 7th, 2013, 08:23 AM
I loved my third grade teacher. She was always so nice to us and tried her hardest to help me settle in and learn to speak English (that was when I just moved to America). There was also Mr. Comis, I think his name was, my fifth grade teacher. He was very funny and always made classes interesting.. plus he even bought us toys and prizes for games we played. :D Pretty sure there were more but those two stick out more than the rest!
February 7th, 2013, 08:29 AM
My history teacher. Specifically his making fun of the students- he tends to target a friend of mine, actually. I remember his threatening to beat us if we got one of the first two questions wrong on a test. He also told/tells us war stories (he fought in Vietnam) as well as stories about his relatives who were alive in the time period we were/are studying.
He likes to pretend to be strict and fierce, but once you know him, you can tell it's only an act. I'm sure everyone in the class (including myself, admittedly) were a bit intimidated by him, at first. Though now I talk to him just as much as the other students (short of my friend).
February 7th, 2013, 11:37 AM
Ms.Nojoom since teacher...she was so awesome..however she was serious but all the class loved her and the gifts she used to give us in a competitions :3
My english teacher in middle school Mrs.Mona..she was nice too
and high school oh god high school.....i just LOVED annoying math teachers like a fat kid loving chocolate i didn't like Madam merv ..my french teacher she always yell and kept her eyes on my group me,the twin and my current best friend and another friend...also my Arabic teacher he was a very very gentleman with a great personality sadly i heard he died last year though T-T
Math teachers were always my targets xD English my favorite and my basketball trainer we shared the same name and she always forgot and called me shortie ..made me felt like if i was fujima from slam dunk :P
wow!!i really miss the old days!
February 7th, 2013, 11:55 AM
I couldn't really give a least favorite, I tended to shove them out of my mind as soon as I'm done with their class.
My most favorite, though...I'd definitely say would be my french and latin teacher in high school. I ended up having her several times, once in my junior year and twice in my senior year (in the same semester, too, due to how they did scheduling; the first day I was in her class, she asked me if I was "sadistic or masochistic?" because of that, lol). Not only was she a nice teacher to be around, but I always thought she was rather cool, too - when we'd have lulls in the class, she would often tell us stories, sometimes relevant, sometimes not, about things that happened to her when she was younger and growing up in foreign countries.
She also accidentally taught me a swear word in french, though I didn't realize it until some while later. But it was in reference to looking over the school reading list for literature class, which I hated too, so. :D Points there.
What would I tell her now if I ever saw her...probably "hi", and then maybe see about catching up on what's happened with her since I left high school. I actually do miss having her as a teacher, and she's probably the only one I miss.
February 7th, 2013, 03:39 PM
Definitely my 11th grade English and 12th grade Shakespearean Literature teacher, Mr Mott. The dude is just badass, he keeps it real. He's not afraid to publicize his opinion and he's good with the jokes too. The dude even promised to smack me across the back of my head come graduation. =P
February 7th, 2013, 04:57 PM
My least favorite would be the one who forced me to tell my entire class about some family drama that I was going through.
My favorite teacher will be my English teacher since we relate to each other on a lot of levels. I've been in his class for like two years so we know how each other work and he's been nothing but helpful and supportive to me with my endeavors. His wife is also my school guidance counselor so that entire family has just helped me out a lot.
Evil Stud Muffin
February 7th, 2013, 05:22 PM
Mr Madonia. Man was a bit out there but he was awesome. They had to fire him for his unconventional ways, but at least we got him for a year. It was like having Bill Hicks for a teacher, but without the swearing, and blow pops for best homework of the week. Opened your eyes in 5th grade.
Mrs Condos. Almost sounds like vulture doesn't it? Well she looked like one too! She was the best however. Loved us all, strict but you learned something. When she died, man we were all in mourning.
Mrs Labrini. Only math teacher I liked, and was the only reason I actually got good grades in math.
February 8th, 2013, 09:32 AM
I have a huge gripe about my current teacher for my intro to education course, jfc.
It's pretty relevant as right now, she is easily my most HATED teacher. Not disliked or least favorite, but hated.
The class meets once a week for three hours, most professors who have those class schedules just give us a lot of homework and give a brief review in class, which imo is how it should be with the limited class time. She does the exact opposite, she grades us on 20-question tests every week, I've had a test in her class for four weeks in a row (which isn't bad) but she piles on the content, and is extremely rushed/disorganized.
So, we got our second test back yesterday. My first test was a 95% and I was really confident about this test. But she lays the news on us with the generic, "I don't know what happened with you guys..." before informing us the class average was 55% and nobody got higher than a 75%, I got a 65%.
Uh...? Okay, so did she at least grade on a curve? LOL NOPE. She continued to blame us for our poor studying skills even though a majority of us aced the first test. She then went on how when we transfer to universities (I'm in community college) that all of their tests would be identical to hers. So this kid in the back corner spoke up and said, "I went to the University of Michigan for two years, and none of my professors used this teaching style." So she got huffy and retorted with just, "Well most of them do."
Then she rants on how we need to properly review the answers for the quiz. I always write down all of my wrong answers to study from, and she went through the test reading off the answers and proceeding to the next question without even pausing for us to write them down, when some questions were a paragraph long. UH... REALLY PROF?
Like a half hour later though she asked the UoM kid what campus he went to and he told her, then she got huffy again and was like, "Oh my daughter went to the other campus for 4 years for her undergrad and another 4 years for her dental hygienist certificate and all of her professors taught with this method so you just had an odd set of professors." LITERALLY. LITERALLY!
The huge irony is she's teaching us how to be teachers when she can't even get herself together...
February 8th, 2013, 09:47 AM
My favorite teacher is my Social Studies teacher I had last year. He was the best, always doing hands on stuff. When something didn't go as planned, he'd brush it off with a joke or something and keep going on. He was really funny, and I really enjoyed his class last year.
Sadly, however, he left teaching for a higher paying job this year. :(
February 8th, 2013, 11:13 PM
Mrs. Holloway: 4th grade teacher. People talked about how vicious she was but she wasn't that bad.
In fact I had some of my best times in her class.
Mr. Greer: My 7th grade math teacher; he got me into match. Before I had his class I didn't like math at all and it would be one of my worst subjects, but I ended up getting an A in that class and I could skip 8th grade math because of it.
Mr. Smith: My 8th grade spanish teacher. He was nice to everyone, never yelled (he seemed incapable of it, honestly), and he made spanish fun.
Mrs. Burgess: My Algebra II teacher. Bit of a nutcase, but the main reason I did so well in her math class was because she gave me a lot of chances to make up tests/quizzes. Probably would have failed if I had anyone else.
Coach Bakerr: History teacher my junior year. Really down to earth; he was like a friend with authority, but he didn't abuse it or anything. I have casual conversations with him every now and then. He made History really fun.
Coach Cook: Football coach. Excellent motivator, convinced me to stick around even when I didn't want to, and I don't regret it one bit. Don't know where I would be without him.
I don't really have a teacher that I dislike; they're just trying to help you with life. I've had some that were, well, strict but I never really got any teacher's bad side.
February 9th, 2013, 03:42 AM
My favourite teacher is my English teacher when I was in third and fifth grade. She was nice and her discussions were clear. I don't have anything else to say, but she knows that I have a high grade in her subject and that I always participated in her class. Now, she still teaches in our school, but she isn't one of our teachers anymore. Another favourite is my current Math teacher. Though I'm not a big fan of the subject itself, she's really funny and tells relevant, but funny jokes along the discussion.
I also have other favourites, my English teacher in fourth grade, my current civics teacher (who is my current class adviser, and my civics teacher last year.) and my current Home Economics, Music, Arts and Physical Education teacher.
Elite Overlord LeSabre™
February 9th, 2013, 11:58 AM
Most of my teachers in school were universally good, though from what I heard from my parents my first grade teacher was a bit of a basket case. Though I don't remember much of her (but that might be for the best lol).
In college one standout professor was a math professor named Dr. Hare. Older fellow but went out of his way to make sure everyone understood the material, and a real easy guy to talk to. I had him for three different classes.
I could name a litany of professors from grad school who were horrible, but the worst among them was finance professor Dr. Zhu who spoke in a thick accent, wrote chicken scratch on the board, refused to help anyone and was openly hostile, and assigned homework every week that was the equivalent of a 15 page paper... except it was all math problems and proofs. We had to use the poorly written textbook written by him as well and his emails featured grammar so bad sometimes they were unintelligible.
February 11th, 2013, 05:23 PM
I think my favourite teacher of all time would have to be Mrs Turner. She was my high school French teacher and I had her for five years of French classes from 8th grade to 12th. She was English which is always a plus, and I found it really easy to be drawn into the things she was saying because English accents are incredibly interesting to listen to. She was really nice as well and I was the teacher's pet so we got along really well :)
I have her on Facebook now so if I wanna tell her anything I can just do it :P
My least favourite teacher would have to be Mr. Richardson. He was a woodwork teacher, but I had him for PE class, and one time when I handed him a note to get out of PE (as I did most weeks) he called me a "Fudge Factory". It's one thing for other kids to pick on the fat kid, but for a teacher to do it is absolutely disgusting.
February 11th, 2013, 05:36 PM
My favorite teacher would be Ms. Lynn, 8th grade, she actually got me understanding math and she was nice xD Least is, well idk, I get along with all my teachers somehow xD
February 12th, 2013, 11:32 PM
My World Religions & Ethics professor - I took ethics with him because it was required but loved his class so much that I took world religions with him too just for fun. He wasn't much of a lecturer; he left it up to us to do the readings and presentations. However, he was phenomenal at creating discussions that actually went in-depth and made us challenge our views and never accepted hateful/ignorant responses. GAH I MISS HIS CLASS :(
My least favorite has been my Network Security Professor by a landslide. He showed up late to class, basically just opened up random program explanations on wikipedia, never graded anything, and never responded to me when I tried contacting him about assignments when my grandpa was dying/died. He was so inconsiderate, condescending, and a lousy teacher...when he showed up.
February 12th, 2013, 11:43 PM
My favourite, definitely my third grade teacher :3! I'm not going to mention names but he was the funniest teacher I've had so far, he used to make jokes all the time and he was understanding and caring :D. And also the best part was he was actually the one who got our class into Doctor Who so I love him for that <3, he used to read Doctor Who novels to us along with 'The Hobbit' and other famous stories,novels along with letting us use the computers in our spare time :D. He was just amazing. ;;
Also my last year's Grade 5 teacher :3, she could get really mad at times if you didn't complete homework which was understandable but she was one of the most interesting and humorous teachers I've met <3. And also she had some sort of reward system, along with lots of parties, also she was really interesting, nothing boring ever happened with her. :3
I don't think I have a least favourite though fortunately! :D.
February 13th, 2013, 12:04 AM
Professor Jane is my faaaaavorite teacher by far. She teaches math, and normally, everyone hates math, but when she teaches, it's as if math is the easiest subject in the world. She's that good.
February 13th, 2013, 12:17 AM
My favorite teacher? hmm... I guess Mr. Fred. He's an awesome Art Teacher ;D He's a really nice guy and like he cares for us and understands us c; He is also the homeroom teacher of our class (Only one girl in it) C;
February 13th, 2013, 02:13 PM
I had quite a few favorite professors in college since I can barely remember anything except that these days. Two of them were both in the German department -- Dr. Deuilio and Dr. Carter. Both amazing people and amazing professors. In the Political Science department, I really favored Dr. Carlson who focused on Criminal Justice, Dr. Green who also did CJ, and Dr. Camobreco who did American studies along with his wife (I can't remember her name, but it was different than Camobreco's). My degree is in Poli Sci and I really enjoyed almost all the classes I took in that area.
February 13th, 2013, 02:33 PM
Fortunately I've had quite a few good ones, from grade school to college. The best would have to be my 5th & 6th grade Social Studies teacher, 7th Grade Social Studies teacher, 12th Grade Math, and my political science professor that I've had a few times in college. All of them guys, surprisingly.
February 16th, 2013, 02:10 PM
My favourite teacher would have to be my English teacher back in secondary school. He was witty, hilarious at times, and actually pretty good; plus, he's quite a large fan of Doctor Who on top of resembling David Tenant to some extent.
Another one of my favourites would be my *gasp* maths teacher back in secondary school (actually, all the maths teachers in my secondary school were quite alright, but the guy's my favourite out of all of em), I mean, the guy actually made maths seem somewhat interesting; plus, during exam times, he would hold a sort of "breakfast club" before and after school where anyone could come in and have a bacon sandwich while revising.
February 17th, 2013, 08:44 AM
In high school, my favorite teacher of every grade was usually my English teacher. That started in 8th grade, actually.
Though my absolute favorite teacher was my graphic design teacher senior and junior year. Before that, it was my 8th grade english teacher. Honorable mention goes to my junior english teacher and my freshman english teacher!
Mr Cat Dog
February 20th, 2013, 12:51 PM
My maths teachers in Sixth Form were probably my favourite overall. One (Miss Coates) taught pure maths - algebra, trigonometry, calculus etc - and the other (Mr Shevlin) taught specialised maths - mechanics and statistics. And they were completely different in their teaching styles as well: Coates was all happy happy fun times but not in a grating way; Shevlin had the personality of a gruff Scotsman combined with Tommy Lee Jones, but knew exactly what he was talking about. Both were great in different ways, and genuinely loved their subject, and I even have one of them on Facebook!
February 20th, 2013, 01:00 PM
I'm currently in my least favorite Professor's class.
He just reads off his outdated powerpoints verbatim then expects us to read three books and his powerpoints to prepare for our tests when he never bothers to explain anything.
March 15th, 2013, 09:12 AM
Who was/is your favorite teacher from school?
March 15th, 2013, 10:44 AM
My grade 9/12 art teacher; Mrs. Estabillo. Lovely lady; encouraging and knowledgeable. Down to earth and cool :3
March 15th, 2013, 11:36 AM
My Physics teacher from Junior and Senior year in high school.
Prior to taking physics, I figured I wouldn't be interested in it in the slightest. I've never heard anything good about it beforehand and it just didn't sound interesting. I was sadly mistaken. My teacher ran some crazy cool demonstrations for each topic we covered, whether it be shooting a blow dart at a falling monkey stuffed animal to prove calculations for projectile motion, or creating electricity arcs from a Van de Graaff Generator.
Not only that, but this guy was the most genuine teacher I've ever had. He legitimately cared about every one of his students and was the definition of what a teacher should be. He pushed each and every one of us to look for solutions on our own because he knows the real world won't always have that person that you go ask for the answers. If it weren't for him, I feel like I'd honestly be failing college right now. He taught me how to rely on myself for what I need academically which I feel is a skill that's being lost in current classrooms.
Not only that, but I loved Physics so much that it's now my major. :]
March 15th, 2013, 01:02 PM
There's a thread with this topic already, so I'll merge them together!
Anyway - probably my geography teacher from secondary school. He wasn't that great a teacher but we became pretty genuinely good friends (as it was a ~boarding school~ a lot of teacher/student relationships formed nicely) and we still talk quite a bit today, weird as it sounds! He's one of not many teachers I'd say I saw as an actual friend.