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3 days ago  
The story is - you're down at the office.
 
3 days ago  
Lots of wonderful teachers. Don't remember specific things.

I've said some very ...um...interesting things to kids.
 
3 days ago  

theteacher: Lots of wonderful teachers. Don't remember specific things.

I've said some very ...um...interesting things to kids.


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3 days ago  
I had a drafting teacher who used to sing to himself: "I'm so wonderful. . " We'd always chuckle.

Thing is, I do this now.

/he was a tough grader too, this was way before CAD.

He also joked that "A's" were 25 bucks "B's" were 10 and "C's" were two for a dollar,
 
3 days ago  
Don't make the paddle the assistant principle will use for discipline
/After I made the damn thing and drilled the holes in it
 
3 days ago  
"Some times it's ok to take control."

An Aikido teacher, but a teacher nonetheless.
 
3 days ago  
I was a good kid in school with low self-esteem.  Back in the 80s, in Texas, teachers generally didn't think you were worth a shiat unless you made straight A's and were bound for A&M, UT, Rice, Baylor, etc.  Most weren't outright mean but this attitude radiated off of them from Jr. High on up.

I remember one 7th grade teacher of mine telling my parents, we me in front of them, that I am not going to amount to anything.

I graduated just under the 50% mark in a class of a little over 200.  I think maybe a dozen of us have college degrees.
 
3 days ago  
"Miss Muse, you think WEIRD"
Said to me by my Calculus teacher my senior year of high school after demonstrating a problem on the board. I could not stop my mouth, and told her in front of class that "Coming from you, ma'am, that's a high compliment".

/I did pass the class, somehow
 
3 days ago  
After my ancient 6th grade art teacher that hated me, left in the middle of the school year, the guy that replaced her encouraged me to express myself and do art. I have been doing it happily ever since. She was a trite old prude that left.
 
3 days ago  
I'm still friends with my high school senior year Civics teacher. I needed to miss a day of school to go to a protest against the Vietnam War, and I asked her if I'd be in a lot of trouble if I missed a test that day. She told me to go, because 50 years down the line I wouldn't be remembering the day I spent in class but I remember the March. She was right. She also let me stay after class few days later and take the test. I guess she brainwashed me into being an activist for democracy.
 
3 days ago  
Forgot to print the page numbers on an essay I was handing in. There was no time to get back to the printer so just pulled out my drafting pens and started doing it by hand. The teacher was quietly watching me as the time was slowly clicking down to the last seconds I would be allowed to turn in the essay. I just finished  (page 20) and handed it in with a second to spare. He said that the hand lettering was the best he had ever seen in his many years of teaching.
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I took that comment  to heart and 35+ years later still enjoy doing precise work with my hands.
 
3 days ago  
I've heard about two teachers this week. One was elected to the state senior hall of fame. She got me started writing. Fark posts aside, I does know good grammar and punctuation stuff.

And a former teacher passed away last week. He took a look at slacker me and said a few things, asked me to try out for the baseball team, upbeat stuff. I credit him for getting me to start studying in school. He saw something in me that I did not. Thanks Coach.
 
3 days ago  
When a certain 9th grade teacher noticed me eying a cute gal in my math class.. he later called me aside and said "dude, Gwen is out of your league. Either hit the gym or be financially successful... then you can get a gal like her."

He was 100% right, and although the words sound harsh, it was said with kindness, i assure you... and i didn't hit the gym, but financially, all is well... and i have a most-awesome nerd-wife now... married 12 years (met the gal in college).. so life good
 
3 days ago  
Not inspirational, but weird:

I went to a catholic high school and at some point the church allowed nuns to wear regular clothes instead of a habit while teaching. One of the young nuns turned out to be quite good looking in regular clothes.

One day I was standing in the hallway between classes talking to some friends and noticed cute young nun standing across the hall staring at me. We all headed to our respective classes when cute nun walked up to me and smiled and told me I looked like Robert Redford. I had been told this by other people but I never saw it. Anyhow, I asked young nun if that was a good thing, and she replied "Oh yes, that's very good." She proceeded to follow me to my next class making strangely personal comments. It was clear she was hitting on me, but I was confused because she was a nun and a teacher so I didn't respond in kind. After that one time, she never acted that way toward me again. Very strange and memorable occurrence.
 
3 days ago  
Mrs. Petillo, 4th grade - "Never put anything that can be used against you in writing"
 
3 days ago  
Mrs. Lucas - honey, you're smarter than you think. (6th grade - a very rough year)

Mrs. Scott - girly, you need to be a teacher. One day you'll realize that. (12th grade)

Dr. Gustafson - you have a skill with imagery and analysis that I've rarely seen. Keep at it with your research. And don't stop until you get your PhD. Then come talk to me.

I've been so lucky to have had amazing teachers and to pass that along to my students. It's a hard farking job but goddammit, I can't imagine doing anything else with my life.
 
3 days ago  
In high school... "you will be in prison and/or dead before you turn 20"
 
3 days ago  
I remember a Social Studies teacher who always pronounced Mao Zedong "Mousey Dung", does that count?

/He was not a fan of Mainland China
 
3 days ago  
I had a high school physics teacher start the first day of class asserting that photons were particles and heat was vibrations of atoms, so both are a form of matter. His point was "everything is matter", presumably even the imaginary trolley problem in a philosophy course.

I dropped that class, immediately, and enrolled in the physics course at the university instead. That physics professor had a strange hairdo, but at least he understood physics. I credit the high school teacher for encouraging me to reject awful instructors and take charge of my own education in life.
 
3 days ago  
I don't remember specific things he said, but I had a high school band teacher who I felt spoke to us like we were just regular, normal people, not dumb kids who needed to be taught at. Not that I felt that all other teachers were jerks, but this guy just talked and joked in such an organic way with us, it actually made (most of) us listen to the guy, because we felt heard, too.
 
3 days ago  
I am bad at art.  I mean, BAD.  Whether it's lack of confidence or low self-esteem, I have always struggled with making the picture in my head travel down my arm and onto the canvas, sketchpad, whatever.  An art teacher in high school (required course) did not push me too hard, but insisted that I complete projects, and did not criticize my obvious lack of talent.

Near the end of the school year, we were given a project that I struggled with, but I thought outside the box, and gave it an extra element that I thought gave the piece a unique finish.  Afterwards, I asked for the piece back, and the teacher told me no.  He said, "This is going into my permanent art file, so I can show future students how to take the extra step and give their pieces a personal touch."  Those words meant more to me than any "A" grade, any accolade or certificate.
 
3 days ago  
"I'm an adult, I know what is best for you."

I learned about how wrong adults could be, while very young.
 
3 days ago  
I was in fifth grade or so and mentioned to a teacher that I wanted to be a lawyer. She said it was too much work and I'd never do it. It felt really cruel at the time but I can't say she was wrong.

I was always terrible at PE, but I had one instructor who somehow managed to encourage me enough that I went from but being able to do a pull-up to being able to do 13 of them. He mentioned it at the end of the year as an example of a student he was proud of and who made a lot of progress (though he didn't mention my name). It felt really good. I can't do a pull-up today, though.

Sorry excellent PE teacher, apparently you should've just called me lazy and said I'd never be able to do a pull-up. It seems the end result is the same
 
3 days ago  
Best teachers I've ever had weren't necessarily scholastic type teachers

XO of the service school I attended:  "Seaman Rent Party, if you're gonna hassle with an organization as big as the US Navy, it will always behoove you to have your ducks all lined up in a row."

Work center supervisor when I checked on my first ship:  "So, you see that ducting around that big ventilation pipe?  That's asbestos, so don't be chewing on big bites of it."
 
3 days ago  
I was placed in an advanced art class when I entered junior high school in seventh grade.  In retrospect, the teacher was really good and understanding, but I was a little jerk and I thought I knew more than she did, so I wouldn't follow any of the lessons and she eventually just gave up and let me do whatever I wanted.  And at the end of the semester, she gave me a well-deserved F.

Well, OK, that was awkward enough explaining that to my parents.  What I didn't know, however, is that, after grades came out, all the students who received an F would get called in to see the vice-principal and get lectured about how terrible we were for getting an F.  Seriously, there would be an announcement on the intercom - "the following students should please report to the vice-principal's office" - and then a list of names would be read out.  And everyone would know that the people being called had received at least one F.  It was purposely designed to be extra humiliating (this sort of thing wouldn't be done nowadays - in fact, I think it would be illegal because schools can't disclose grades without the student's permission, but these were the good old days when kids didn't have any rights).

So all of us failures were called in small groups to the vice-principals office - about 15-20 each.  And when my group was called, we sat in a small classroom and the VP would go through a list and berate each student in turn about what a disappointment they were and how they weren't applying themselves and how they wouldn't amount to anything if they didn't work hard and blah blah blah.  I must have been at the end of the list because the VP was visibly starting to get tired out, so when he got to me he just looked at me and said: "Failing art.  That's like failing sandbox in kindergarten."

That's the only thing that a teacher ever said to me that I ever remembered.
 
3 days ago  
"Don't take the top card" - art teacher, meaning "don't take the first thing that pops into your head, dig down a little more"

Ignorance of this is why the Mike Pence fly joke was dead in 6 hours.
 
3 days ago  
My junior high history teacher, when he found out that the class was really bad at writing papers, stopped teaching history and exclusively taught English. I learned about independent and dependent clauses, compound complex sentences, how to put thoughts onto paper. It was the most important class I ever had, and got me where I got today.
 
3 days ago  
In the first grade, I looked at a map of the world and said to the teacher how the outlines of Africa, South America and North America looked as though they once fit together. The teacher said, isn't he silly class, how could they ever be together? They all laughed at me, the kid who discovered Continental Drift!

I still remember how I felt. We never forget how someone made us feel!
 
3 days ago  

moresugar: I was placed in an advanced art class when I entered junior high school in seventh grade.  In retrospect, the teacher was really good and understanding, but I was a little jerk and I thought I knew more than she did, so I wouldn't follow any of the lessons and she eventually just gave up and let me do whatever I wanted.  And at the end of the semester, she gave me a well-deserved F.

Well, OK, that was awkward enough explaining that to my parents.  What I didn't know, however, is that, after grades came out, all the students who received an F would get called in to see the vice-principal and get lectured about how terrible we were for getting an F.  Seriously, there would be an announcement on the intercom - "the following students should please report to the vice-principal's office" - and then a list of names would be read out.  And everyone would know that the people being called had received at least one F.  It was purposely designed to be extra humiliating (this sort of thing wouldn't be done nowadays - in fact, I think it would be illegal because schools can't disclose grades without the student's permission, but these were the good old days when kids didn't have any rights).

So all of us failures were called in small groups to the vice-principals office - about 15-20 each.  And when my group was called, we sat in a small classroom and the VP would go through a list and berate each student in turn about what a disappointment they were and how they weren't applying themselves and how they wouldn't amount to anything if they didn't work hard and blah blah blah.  I must have been at the end of the list because the VP was visibly starting to get tired out, so when he got to me he just looked at me and said: "Failing art.  That's like failing sandbox in kindergarten."

That's the only thing that a teacher ever said to me that I ever remembered.


Jesus...I'm so sorry. As a teacher, that shiat pisses me the fark off. Humiliating someone doesn't help them learn.

fark.
 
3 days ago  
As a teacher, I make sure to say to every class before they leave "if no ones told you today that you're awesome, I just did." Because kids need to hear that every day. It sucks being a teenager. They need the positive shiat.
 
3 days ago  

Sepia apama: "Some times it's ok to take control."

An Aikido teacher, but a teacher nonetheless.


The best men I ever knew were Aikido Instructors!
 
3 days ago  
"Never avoid the obvious"

~Mr. McCullough ~
 
3 days ago  
If you dont eat your meat, you cant have any pudding. HOW CAN YOU HAVE ANY PUDDING IF YOU DON"T EAT YOUR MEAT?!?
 
3 days ago  
"you'll shoot your eye out!"
 
3 days ago  

Clash City Farker: If you dont eat your meat, you cant have any pudding. HOW CAN YOU HAVE ANY PUDDING IF YOU DON"T EAT YOUR MEAT?!?


Does that mean the wall will never be finished?...
 
3 days ago  
First clas with a notorious teacher. His first words as he begins pointing around the room, "I hate you, I hate yours, I hate you too. You? I really hate. In fact, I hate you all. Now. With that out of the way. Grades will be earned in this class. Don't come to me crying about how you cannot play your stupid sport because you failed my quiz. Tough. Life isn't fair."

It would never fly now as lawyers would be stacked ten deep. But back then? To see the look of fear on all off the jock a-holes who had skated through high school, it was glorious.

/he also said he would give quizzes every day
//and that no one had ever scored a perfect quiz
///I did, numerous times
 
3 days ago  
Without going into tons of detail, let's just say I was a kid who brought a ton of baggage to school.  I was a behavioral problem from age 10 on, a runaway, used alcohol and other drugs starting at 12, skipped school, etc.  Teachers either hated me or treated me with cool indifference.  I smelled bad and fell asleep in class because I had often been running the streets at night.

I had been placed in honors math, English, and literature after 6th grade,  but they took me out of those classes at the end of 7th grade due to behavior issues, mainly a fight.  I was flatly told I did not deserve to be in those classes with "good kids who do their work." I was tracked into vocational education for high school.  Then a few things happened.

At the end of 10th grade, they gave the Iowa Test of Basic Skills.  I made the best score in the school (top 1% nationally), and Ms. Merritt went to bat for me.  She had been my 10th grade English teacher and encouraged my writing.  She loved my essays and wrote kind praise in the margins.  I hadn't had a teacher say anything good to me for years.  I don't know what she did but in 11th grade I got to go back to honors classes.  Mr. Hertzler, my guidance counselor, was dismissive and told me I wasn't going to make it in those classes.  He encouraged me to get back in the vocational program and learn lawnmower repair.  Like Karl Childers' mmm hmmm.

11th grade I started trying to get back on track academically but I had failed biology as a 10th grader and was not doing well with higher level math.  12th grade I got to take AP English and be in gifted activities, I did so well in anatomy that when it came time to dissect, I was put in the group of students that Mr. Cargill thought had the ability to go to medical school.  He did more for me by assigning me to that group than he could ever know.

I went to college on a tiny scholarship and a part-time job.  College was not easy for me due to the poverty I came from.  I lacked many social skills, didn't really know how study, and was isolated and alienated from my classmates.  But I graduated, went on to get a Master's degree and professional licensing, and now I'm a teacher.

Mr. Hertzler, I'm sorry but I still can't fix a lawnmower.
 
3 days ago  
I had a history teacher in high school that once, after assigning an essay on some topic or other, proceeded to put everybody's essay, one at a time, on a projector (with names removed), and basically evaluated them publicly.

Mine was put up, and the only thing I remember about it is that I was held up as an example of an egregious run-on sentence.  I didn't even recognize it as mine until the graded essays were actually handed back.

Even now, I describe myself as "King of the Run-On Sentence".  I haven't gotten any better about writing them, either.
 
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CruiserTwelve: Not inspirational, but weird:

I went to a catholic high school and at some point the church allowed nuns to wear regular clothes instead of a habit while teaching. One of the young nuns turned out to be quite good looking in regular clothes.

One day I was standing in the hallway between classes talking to some friends and noticed cute young nun standing across the hall staring at me. We all headed to our respective classes when cute nun walked up to me and smiled and told me I looked like Robert Redford. I had been told this by other people but I never saw it. Anyhow, I asked young nun if that was a good thing, and she replied "Oh yes, that's very good." She proceeded to follow me to my next class making strangely personal comments. It was clear she was hitting on me, but I was confused because she was a nun and a teacher so I didn't respond in kind. After that one time, she never acted that way toward me again. Very strange and memorable occurrence.


Didn't you mean to post this in Penthouse forums ?
 
3 days ago  
I had a music teacher that called me into his office to ask about my SAT score. He asked if it was true I scored 1390. I said yes I did. He told me it was such a waste that I did because I was poor and would never amount to anything. That I could buy and sell him many times over by the time I was 30 was because of what he said to me.
 
3 days ago  

tudorgurl: moresugar: Jesus...I'm so sorry. As a teacher, that shiat pisses me the fark off. Humiliating someone doesn't help them learn.

fark.


At the time, I was the happiest kid in school because I felt like I got off easy.  It was only later that, looking back on it, I realized just how effed up the whole thing was.  It prepared me for the time when I got fired from a job that I despised and was given a very generous severance package about two weeks before I was planning to hand in my notice.  My supervisors were genuinely upset that they had to let me go.  Me?  It was all I could do to stop myself from breaking out in a happy dance right there in the office.
 
3 days ago  
I grew up in a tiny town in West Texas in the 80s/90s, so it wasn't hard to be the smartest kid in school (seriously, I'm not that far above 'average' intelligence, we're just talking about a town of rock-farking-stupid gun-toting Bible-thumping redneck garbage). One day, I made a particularly astute observation about something in music class, I must've been about 8 or 9. Literally none of the other kids could understand WTF I was talking about, and my music teacher just said something like, "Wow. You are going to have a heck of a time getting dates later in life, because that huge brain of yours is going to bulge right out of your forehead!"

I don't my forehead is THAT big, but overall he was not wrong.

/still regularly fantasize about nuking that shiat hole right off the map
 
3 days ago  

Sepia apama: "Some times it's ok to take control."

An Aikido teacher, but a teacher nonetheless.


If we are doing martial arts teachers I have a few.
I'll suffice with "Tiredness makes a coward out of us all".

And he didn't mean coward as in scared for our lives, just when we lack mental/physical/spiritual/emotional stamina we avoid things.

/how are you keeping up, by the way? You mentioned some time back you were a bit low :|
 
3 days ago  

darkhorse23: I'm still friends with my high school senior year Civics teacher. I needed to miss a day of school to go to a protest against the Vietnam War, and I asked her if I'd be in a lot of trouble if I missed a test that day. She told me to go, because 50 years down the line I wouldn't be remembering the day I spent in class but I remember the March. She was right. She also let me stay after class few days later and take the test. I guess she brainwashed me into being an activist for democracy.


Nice.
 
3 days ago  
I was in a lab class once, everyone busy looking through microscopes, with the professor strolling around the room, when he stopped by me, looked me in the eye, and said "Is this a dagger I see before me?", then strolled off.  And I just sat there wondering why he was quoting Macbeth at me.
The other thing this professor said that stuck with me is "Alle Kunst ist umsonst Wenn ein Engel in das Zündloch prunst"
 
3 days ago  

Resident Muslim: Sepia apama: "Some times it's ok to take control."

An Aikido teacher, but a teacher nonetheless.

If we are doing martial arts teachers I have a few.
I'll suffice with "Tiredness makes a coward out of us all".

And he didn't mean coward as in scared for our lives, just when we lack mental/physical/spiritual/emotional stamina we avoid things.

/how are you keeping up, by the way? You mentioned some time back you were a bit low :|


I'd not heard that before, but it makes a very great deal of sense.  Thank you for that.

And thanks for your inquiry; we've all been having some bad times this last while.  I am grateful to say that things seem better in many ways today---going for a bike ride later in the cool sunshine.  I am also grateful to say that these covid times have brought me and my wife (who is Muslim, by the way) closer together.  We've been married 39 years (anniversary was in August).  Weirdly enough, this has turned into one of our better years together.  So, yes.  Better.  I wish you and yours the same.
 
3 days ago  
In 7th or 8th grade, I had this really weird science teacher who always wore a Band-Aid on his chin.

One day he went on this 20 minute long diatribe about how kids put too much ketchup on their fries. Didn't properly enjoy the taste of the potatoes in McDonald's fries....

It was really, really effin' weird.
 
3 days ago  
"You rock." Said with complete seriousness, in front of the entire class. More than once.  I never heard him say anything like that to any of the other students.

Guy's an annoying Trumper now, who I had to block on FB, but I'll never forget his kindness to me.
 
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