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Old 06-19-2009, 10:51 AM   #21 (permalink)
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From what I remember, that wasn't a very large portion of the class. I was the same long-haired, crusty blood shot guy in Mr. Brown's class as I was in Mr. Misener's.

Teachers go on about how they want to 'make a difference' so that gives me the right to call them out. They know the affect they can have. I do think it's a lot different these days though. I think we had the last remnants of the old fashioned teachers with their brown slacks, wool vests and uber-functional shoes. Just thinking about them makes me want to fall asleep on this desk. Meet me in the smokehole.
Was Mr. Brown a history teacher? If so, I had him and he stunk.

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Old 06-19-2009, 10:59 AM   #22 (permalink)
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teach them kids history
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Old 06-19-2009, 11:39 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Proper Grammar as well....

Hell, my OAC English teacher once told me I'd never ammount to anything because I couldn't wrap my head around poetry of any sort. Really, it wasn't until my first year in university that I finally understood poetry and that was because of good TAs and a good prof. Anyways, yeah, those were good times and really because of her put down in the middle of class, motivated me to prove her wrong.
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Old 06-19-2009, 11:45 AM   #24 (permalink)
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unsurprisingly, i have to disagree. education will never be effective unless you put your all into it. i had plenty of good teachers, and that definitley helped, but i had plenty of horrible ones too, and i still did well in ther classes. i was always just jazzed to learn, to seek out new things. the best teachers are teachers that can motivate, but the best students are the ones that can motivate themselves. and that doesn't stop when school is finished. there's a good reason that employers tend to look for self-starters. initiative is crucial in every facet of life, and that basic understanding and effort arises when you are just a kid. learn to motivate yourself and you will always be effective. learn to wait for others to motivate you, and you'll spend a lot of time, well, waiting...
I agree in part. The world is full of kids who, for whatever reason, need a kick in the ass to get them going. The world is also full of successful people who were once those kids. I was jazzed to learn as well - I think we're born with that - but it can be affected by various things, teachers being one. To go from a mark of 50 one year in English class, to a mark of 85 the next, where you're actually excited and eager to begin class and participate in the discussion - what is that exactly? To go from a 35, sympathetically bumped up to a 50 in art class one year to a 95 the next, all the while amazing your teacher with skills that, in his words, "Were supressed by the awful teachers you had previously." What's that? That's one type of student with a certain need that just wasn't met often enough. You start off with all the enthusiasm in the world, but that enthusiasm is slowly eroded by teachers who don't care and their awful teaching methods. My sister is 17 years younger than I am and she's just closing in on the end of her high school career. She's the exact same student I was in pretty much every way except for her marks and I attribute that to her teachers and the cirriculum. She shows me videos she takes in her classes and what you see are kids having fun, interacting with a young teacher whose enthusiasm is apparent. Is she a self-starter? No. But with her marks and the help of her teachers, she's a kid with dreams of photography and film school and, like me, possesses enough of the tools that, when properly motivated, will succeed.

Self starters are great. So are some of the rest of us, who took a little longer than you to get here.
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Old 06-19-2009, 11:46 AM   #25 (permalink)
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Was Mr. Brown a history teacher? If so, I had him and he stunk.

Smokehole? Meet me at Nectar Doughnuts.
He was the worst. I had so many like him.
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Old 06-19-2009, 11:47 AM   #26 (permalink)
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Proper Grammar as well....

Hell, my OAC English teacher once told me I'd never ammount to anything because I couldn't wrap my head around poetry of any sort. Really, it wasn't until my first year in university that I finally understood poetry and that was because of good TAs and a good prof. Anyways, yeah, those were good times and really because of her put down in the middle of class, motivated me to prove her wrong.
Stay after class, please.
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Old 06-19-2009, 12:02 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Old 06-20-2009, 11:21 AM   #28 (permalink)
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Proper Grammar as well....

Hell, my OAC English teacher once told me I'd never ammount to anything because I couldn't wrap my head around poetry of any sort. Really, it wasn't until my first year in university that I finally understood poetry and that was because of good TAs and a good prof. Anyways, yeah, those were good times and really because of her put down in the middle of class, motivated me to prove her wrong.
Mrs. DiPaulo?
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Old 06-20-2009, 03:20 PM   #29 (permalink)
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No, not man hands....I was lucky to avoid her. Giacalone-Miller in OAC. Fuck I hate her.
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