|Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.5 No.5||May 2008|
|Cover Story by Todd R. Nelson|
|Only a School. Only a Teacher.|
|School is still, at its heart, a dance of men and women of character. A school is its teachers.|
|Harry & Rosemary Wong|
|An Amazing Kindergarten Teacher|
|I use modified modeling to teach my students the correct procedures. Instead of just telling, I act out the wrong way first....|
|»||Promoting Responsibility - Or How Not ToMarvin Marshall|
|»||Differentiated Instruction & Ability GroupingCheryl Sigmon|
|»||The Busy Educator's Monthly FiveMarjan Glavac|
|»||Counting the days yet?Barbara & Sue Gruber|
|»||Problem-Based Learning, Part 3Hal Portner|
|»||Successful TeachersLeah Davies|
|»||'Subprime' Is Voted "Word Of The Year" For 2007|
|»||May 2008 Writing Prompts|
|»||Use Math's Magic to Intrigue Students Solving Linear Equations|
|»||I Choose Teaching - A Meaningful Career|
|»||Teacher Appreciation Day: Not Nearly Enough|
|»||Treating All Students With Dignity|
|»||Two Teachers, Two Philosophies, One Result|
|»||Favorite Teacher Appreciation Activities|
|»||Academic Writing Guidelines|
|»||What is an Effective Teacher?|
|»||Drexel Online Education Program|
|»||Candles of Inspiration: May 2008|
|»||Featured Lessons: May 2008|
|»||Video Bytes: A Hidden Lesson, Baptism By Fire, Mom and more...|
|»||Today Is... Daily Commemoration for May 2008|
|»||Live on Teachers.Net: May 2008|
|»||The Lighter Side of Teaching|
|»||Apple Seeds: Inspiring Quotes for Teachers|
|»||Is a school only as good as the teachers in it?|
|»||Teachers' Best Teachers|
|»||What Is It About Teaching That Keeps You Going?|
|»||Newsdesk: Events & Opportunities for Teachers|
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Teachers.Net Chatboard Poll...
Teachers' Best Teachers Remembered
|Regular Feature in the Gazette
May 1, 2008
Teachers posted on the Teachers.Net Teacher Chatboard in response to:|
Who was the best teacher you had (not necessarily your favorite – or are they the same?) during your years as a student, and what makes that teacher stand out in your memory as the most effective educator?
Posted by Annise:
Posted by Kathy:
Posted by PST:
Besides that she lived next to the ice skating rink and called us in for hot chocolate and cookies on the weekends. It was not unusual for her to have some wonderful thing to show/teach us or an art project for us to do on Sunday afternoons at her house.
This woman and her husband were two of the kindest people I have ever met. She died a few years ago, but several of us became teachers because we wanted to be like her.
Posted by vateacher:
Posted by mrsd:
Posted by Magoo:
She'd been to Florida the summer before she had my class, and we learned a LOT about seashells that school year. When Hubs and I went to Sanibel Island last fall, a lot of what Mrs. T. had taught me came back!
The summer AFTER she had my class, she went to England, and she sent every single one of us kids a photo postcard... and yes, I still have mine!
She was amazing... lots of energy, lots of love for kids, did not put up with a lot of nonsense, we kids just loved her.She's the reason I wanted to become a teacher, but she had passed away by the time I did, so I never got to tell her.
Posted by Jan:
She was a great teacher who inspired all of us to be the best persons we could be. I became a teacher because of her. One of my greatest sorrows is that I never told her what an influence she was. When she died, about 15 years ago, I found out she had lived in Sacramento after she retired and I could have contacted her.
I must say, I had many great teachers in that very small town in Washington State. In fact, most were exemplary. Mrs. Ladley who taught Spanish in high school, and Miss Hammel who taught 4th grade will never be forgotten. A few years ago, I went back to my 45th high school reunion. Two of my old teachers were there as was our principal. I had not seen them since graduation and yet each of them remembered incidents that had occurred when I was in high school! I think that explains why they were such good teachers; they cared about all of us. They taught because they loved it and they had great expertise because they were dedicated to their jobs. They all played very important parts in my life.
Posted by EMA on 4/11/08 In elementary school my favorite and best teacher was Miss Kobayashi, my 3rd grade teacher. She was inspiring and magical. I learned so much that year. She didn't teach subjects, she taught children.
In Junior High my favorite and best teacher was Mrs. Jenkins - 8th English. She was the first to inspire me to write... my first (declared) major was Journalism and I was editor of my college newspaper; that was all Mrs. Jenkins' influence.
High School was not the best of times for me... but I would have to say that Mrs. Harney was my best and favorite teacher. She taught Biology. She made the course relevant and important. Who would have thought the dissecting an earth worm or a perch could be so interesting and exciting. Her labs were always the best.
Posted by jme:
Posted by Donna music/TN:
I also greatly appreciate Elizabeth Barrett who sat down with me and told me flat out that, while I was academically ready for college and probably wouldn't learn one thing there, I simply wasn't ready to be a child in an adult world. She shared her experiences about early entry then worked with me and with my other teachers to find an appropriate dual-enrollment/class schedule that allowed me to actually enjoy my last two years of high school. I didn't realize how right she was until I was in college full-time at 18, and was struggling emotionally and socially then. I wouldn't have been ready at 16.
Posted by SciTeach: