I met a life changing individual in middle school. We referred to him as “Mr. D”. He was my seventh and eighth grade English teacher. I sat in his class and dozed off during his grammar lectures. He often sparked my attention with jokes, sports scores, stories from literature books. However, the majority of Mr. D’s classes were not overly exciting or stellar in anyway.
Mr. Rose presents many descriptive vignettes of teaching professionals in his life who have influenced him both positively and negatively and whom he has retained for emulation or distinction. These characters in his life include teachers from grammar school throughout his college experience. All have in one way or another left a considerable imprint on his recollection of school and learning.
Mr. James C. Boyce was the best and furthermost influential teacher, I have ever had. He was my 6th grade teacher at Kawana Elementary School in Santa Rosa California. Mr. Boyce was the kind of teacher that would drive his students to absorb knowledge while making learning enjoyable and exciting. We could earn Kawana Bucks as a reward for doing extra school work in addition; these would be used for purchasing bizarre school supplies such as pencils and erasers with themes printed on them. Mr. Boyce had methods to engage his pupils accordingly they wanted to learn, even if it was through simple objects like a special eraser.
WRD 103: With a very busy theatre class schedule I was limited to which teachers I could choose from, and was left to about two. I put both teachers names in Rate my Professor, the magical site that lets you know about the experiences other students had with almost any teacher at your desired university. Michael Moore had significantly higher ratings, and he had comments that said how he was an amazing teacher and really wants students to learn. After reading this I told my fellow students that I found a good teacher in a time slot that worked and we put the class into our course cart. I never realized that this small choice of deciding who was going to be my professor for English would influence my life so heavily. This class has given me so many new experiences and has offered me so much. From finding a new outlook for a news source, to how I should write, to even learning more about myself through simple conversation. I can’t
Mr. Wray was the first teacher and the only male teacher I observed. The class was a 7th grade Social Studies academy class. Throughout the observation I noticed he really cares about his students. He took his time going over the topic of discussion, and when some of the students couldn’t catch on he stopped to help the individuals. His class was very well behaved. The only time I really noticed any of the students socializing were when Mr. Wray put them in groups to complete a study guide. The second teacher I observed was 6th grade teacher Mrs. Dunn. She was teaching English to her students. She went over verb phrases and helping verbs throughout the class. I noticed whenever she asked questions quite a few of the students participated by answering. Mrs. Dunn had a positive attitude throughout the class period. I felt she truly enjoyed all her students and treated them the same. Even when some of the students didn’t answer questions correctly she didn’t make them feel dumb. She would just tell them good try. I could tell her students really liked her as a teacher also. The last teacher I observed at Westside Junior High was 7th grade Science teacher Mrs. Dugas. This lady came off as a very strict teacher compared to the other two I had observed. Her students were very talkative, which only made her become more annoyed when having to fuss at them. At the beginning of class the students had a bell ringer to complete. On the particular day I went the bell ringer
The exuberant and laid back Miss Hancock made for a great elementary teacher but not so much for secondary. The high school students quickly strip Miss Hancock “of [her] 15 years of overblown confidence” (77). In reality, the students need a sterner teacher that can balance laid-back with discipline. Moreover, Miss Hancock is too dependent on her confidence; as soon as her confidence is broken she becomes pathetic. A “desperate
Both Rowan and Rose begin their essays by describing a particular teacher who left a strong impact during a pivotal point in their lives. In his piece “Unforgettable Miss Bessie,” Rowan sets up an impression of Miss Bessie as a highly respected educator who knew how to conduct her classroom in a way that “there was never a discipline problem” (168). With a firm hand, she guides them to the road of success. She once told Rowan to “make most of what you do have- a brain” (168). Miss Bessie reminds Rowan to not think about what he does not have; instead, he needs to embrace the one thing no one can take from him.
Even though the teachers saw the students in agony, they somehow had the nerve to continue. Stanley writes on what emotion the teacher shows. “What is extraordinary,” Stanley writes, “is his apparent total indifference to the learner; he hardly takes
When asked how he became such a good mentor he replied that he did not think he was a good mentor at all. This to many of his former students is not true. Thinking of what many of his former students lives would be like without out him in it, and they would not be the men and women they are today. He also believes that he got more out of the relationships with them than he gave. This is not case for many of his former students. He has had his house robbed by young men that he was mentoring. Earl did not get mad or yell and scream. He did press charges on the third time the same young man robbed his house. He also visited the young man in jail every weekend and even put money on his books. Earl is amazing in that way he is always there for you even when you are messing up. He will not judge you. Now, that is not to say there are not consequences for the choice that you make. He just does not get mad, well at least he does not show when he is mad. I strive to do this in my own life and find it difficult at times, where it appears so easy for
His viewpoint of education was all about “making connections with kids” in the classroom, on the athletic fields, and everywhere in between. It was a belief and a mindset that I began to understand while at Ellis Tech, and one, which I totally agreed with and incorporated even further during my years at Griswold. High school kids can be immature and, at times, annoying, but they’re not stupid. They can spot a phony a mile away and they can, just as easily, pick up your sincerity, caring, and true sensitivity. It was his belief, that when you make a “real connection” with kids, you empower them to achieve their true potential in life, and in some cases be more than willing to “run through walls for you,” if need be.
For the reasons I mention above is why Mrs. Power was my least favorite teacher. However just because I didn’t like her way of teaching does not mean I didn’t learn. I may not have learned the lesson of the day, but I did learn not everything would be handed to me or written in paper. I learned to depend on my own knowledge, to take the first step and research a topic when I don’t understand instead of depending on a teacher to explain it all from the
My first classroom was an algebra class. I thought this teacher put a lot of effort into his classroom environment to make it interesting for all of his students. I think he also wanted it to be fun. The activity that he did with the students such as Basketball Free Throw and Hula Hoop got the students involved and showed how math can be applied to these simple competitions. I definitely gained students interest. If perhaps
Mr. Clark did the same thing any good OD practitioner would do. He spot out the bad seeds, and removed them from spoiling the whole. This allowed the students to feel safe, and earn the trust of Mr. Clark. Mr. Clark does a great job with his leadership skills by instantly letting everyone know his rules, and what the consequences will be if you break those rules. He discusses to students and teachers alike his goals for the school and what he expects out of everyone. Mr. Clark is very strong
For some reason or another certain students are drawn to particular teachers while other students are more fond of others. In my life I have studied under three memorable teachers. Teachers with which I was able to connect, to laugh, to share my misgivings. While I may have been close with each of these teachers, it is very clear, in retrospect, that each was very unique, and represented an entirely different class of teacher.
Walking into the first two weeks of the EDU program I desired to experience what it would be like to be a future educator and have a grasp of how to help the molding of our youth and giving them the possibility to become future leaders. Doctor dresser was able to bring in a Concordia alumni who had just begun to experience his professional education, career and is teaching multiple different grade levels as a young teacher. When he first walked into the classroom my first impressions were that unfortunately he looked very inexperienced and unsure of what was to be expected of the lecture I thought to myself in the position of a younger student in his classroom this is a person I would not take seriously. He then proceeded to communicate