The Back-to-School Teacher Appreciation Thread
My all time favorite teacher was 1972 in Gary Indiana. Our teacher made the class fun, vibrant, interesting and even made flashcard learning enjoyable. She taught a bunch of us (even boys!) to crochet by staying in the classroom during lunch hour for those of us who wanted to partake. I remember her being kind and fair.
FYI, my 3rd and 4th grade was spent in a small private Jewish school with a total of 30 kids across grades 1-6. Each class had 10 kids. I think that was during the era of progressive classrooms when things were open, kids were allowed to sit on the floor and read and “do your own thing.” I remember it being fun, but don’t really recall the teachers. Maybe that was the plan during that era.
In middle school, it was still the era of the open classroom and my middle school was like one giant room with partitions. It was truly awful for learning. Repeatedly a wad of paper would come flying over the partition and whap you in the head, launched by some 12yo boy. You could hear not only your own teacher, but 3 others as well so it was hard to concentrate.
I was terrible at math as we were ramping up with algebra. One day a student teacher sat down with me to help me with some problems and however she explained it, whatever she did, opened up a great light for me and everything changed. I suddenly got it. And by high school I went to a Mathletes competition. I wish I could recall what she told me. It was like the holy grail of math.
Share your stories. They’re fun to read.
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