My favorite teacher was my high school history teacher. I've had many wonderful teachers in my life -- but my own teaching career was greatly influenced by what I learned in his rollicking, noisy, contentious classes. I learned that you must get students interested in what you are teaching and what you want them to learn. That anything -- even ancient Rome and Greece -- can be made fascinating and absorbing to young, eager minds if you think outside the box and make learning "hands on" and a joint project of you and your learners. That lecturing does not work. That posing questions is a great technique -- as Socrates could tell you.
That's easy to answer...5th grade. Kind and patient and helped me after school any time I needed it. Also let me clean the erasers and wash the blackboards!
My high school English teacher always said, "Show me, don't tell me." It was the best advice I had ever received in my writing. I became a writer under his guidance.
Off the top of my head, my Algebra and then geometry teacher in high school. He taught me that I could do the work given the time. When I went to take a test, I would hear his voice in my head walking me through it.
I was so lucky to have several teachers who were my "favorites!" What did they have in common? They believed in me and helped me develop what talents they saw I had. They also helped us expand our horizons and explore the world! Thanks to them for their constant belief in me!
To enjoy life! She made learning fun and going to school fun. In second grade, her class had the LEAST absences because her students liked going to school and especially reading group time.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Why?
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