Who was the best teacher or professor you ever had? What made that teacher so great?
Ms. Weiss, my 6th grade English teacher. She was always bright and cheery. She adored my unique style & encouraged my writing skills. Unlike most, who told me basically to "conform", she fostered my individuality.
She told me then, as well as years later that I was one of her favorite and most memorable students.
She helped me believe in myself & showed me that just because I was different, didn't mean I was "bad".
Mine was a college professor who taught a course called "Civil War and Reconstruction". The guy was quick-witted, funny, and an interesting encyclopedia of historical knowledge. I didn't agree with his ultra-conservative politics, but he was a brilliant man. I see him now and then on TV as he is often selected by producers to be on some panel or to appear in every civil war documentary on the History Channel as one of the speakers who describes one event or another. He may actually be the leading Civil War scholar in the whole country right now. I had a lot of college professors whom I liked or admired. Just about every teacher I had prior to college was terrible.
Dr. Holland, Pepperdine University in LA. He was amazing, therapist, teacher, mentor.
My best teacher was in High School. I had always feared Geography classes because most teachers I had had for the subject were boring and monotonous, often seeming unprepared and making the subject look like it was for geniuses only.
Then came Mr. Sachdeva. He never carried any notes, and he explained everything in such simple language it seemed that Geography was the simplest subject after all.
His notes on the board were neat, headlines in red, the rest in white chalk. His maps were precise and he never talked a minute more than he had planned. He answered any and every question, again in such simple language that I had wanted to be a geographer fro the rest of my life.
Teachers who can teach to every student have a real gift. They make sure that what they are teaching and what students are learning is almost fail-proof and because of that, kids thrive and learn. Thank you for your perspective and great comment.
I have found Glenn Beck to be a great speaker and teacher especially about our nation's history and politics. Last night I saw Glenn Beck Unelected 2012, a satellite live-feed at our local Regal Cinema - shown throughout the US. Great stuff - he's good. In Business College - I thought my Business Law teacher was thorough as well as my Gregg Shorthand teacher - I could read shorthand like regular handwriting.
There were actually two of them, one Grade 7 English and the other Grade 8 English. One was a draft dodger from the U.S and the other drove a school bus when not teaching. Between them, they made me a voracious reader. They both allowed us - encouraged us - to choose books that were not part of the "official" curriculum. We read "Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad and "The Outsiders" by S.E. Hinton, and all kinds of others in between. They encouraged us to use our minds and expand our horizons. They were both amazing.
Brother Arthur Hannaway, a high school English teacher. I will never forget his words, "If you want to learn to write, read." I took him up on it. He was also tremendously supportive when correcting writing assignments.
by nadp 8 years ago
One of the comments to a hub that I wrote about mathematics said that the writer would never be good at math. A teacher she had 40 years ago scrawled "You deserve to fail" all over her paper, and she has never recovered. As dramatic as this sounds, I know that it happens all too...
by Doris H. Dancy 4 years ago
What do you remember about the best teacher you ever had? What was his or her name?There is something about a great teacher that makes us even remember their name. We are forever grateful to them so I thought I'd give us a chance to pay a tribute to that teacher we will never forget.
by Mygell 7 years ago
Many say that it is always the best thing for us to learn.To get indulged into it so as to know what and how it feels .
by Peter Leeper 6 years ago
Who was your favorite teacher and why?please specify what level of education your choice taught you.
by Nira Perkins 6 years ago
I had about 4 favorite teachers throughout my years. They were great in different ways. I remember actually visiting with a couple of them after class just to talk and ask questions.
by Tiger Mom 6 years ago
How much weight does this letter of recommendation carry in your college application? Should you waive the right to review it before it's sent?
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