GNE~ Honey, don't EVER think that it doesn't matter. Teachers are the backbone of the education system. You can have a crappy curriculum, but if you've got a teacher with the know-how who can turn it around, then it's worth it. It does matter; what you do matters. Students may not tell you this up front, but years down the road, they'll remember something you said in class or some small way you helped them when they were having a rough time. They will remember how you did something extra in class to make it interesting instead of just sticking to the book. You are smart, witty, a wonderful friend, and an awesome human being! Pull yourself up and hold your head high, because YOU MATTER!!!
oleander wrote:So, if i may ask this question in honour of our GenX teachers, has there been a teacher in your life who has stood out/gone above and beyond the call of duty/impacted your life? How?
Wow, I have so many names running through my head right now. I don't know if I can pick one. None of mine were from college- during that time I was so sleep-deprived!! My favorite one I guess would be Mrs. W, my Jr. High History teacher. She was single when she moved here to go to college at my church, and got married one summer back home up North. My mom "adopted" her as her daughter (as alot of the church ladies did with the dorm girls who would be here all year-round); she went to the Mother-Daughter Banquet with us for the 3 years she was here. Mrs. W had a brilliant mind; she was fun to be around; she had life experience that went beyond just being raised in a church; she had done a few years in the Navy before going to college to get her Education Degree and had great stories from that. She taught my 8th grade American History class- I have every assignment from that class; we kept a notebook during the year: chapter artwork, crossword puzzles as study guides, wrote stories as if we were living during an important period in history, and many others. Class wasn't just about taking notes- heck, any teacher can read facts to a class. She made all these little assignments and learning fun for us. During the Spring Semester, she took the last 10 minutes of each class and read a book to us. I can't remember it or the story, but it was fiction and had to do with early American History. I saw how much effort and preparation she put into her classes and thought I'd want to be just like her.