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#1 Dionysus

Posted 03 February 2013 - 06:31 PM

Mine was my Year 8 Science teacher - she was on the verge of retirement and was just lovely.

I was fairly good at science (and, in fact, became a science teacher), but even the kids that hated science loved being in her class.

She was gentle and kind, and had very high expectations of us all.  I think we all rose to the challenge otherwise it would have been too much like disrespecting your grandma!

She used to give out smarties for the right answer too  wink.gif

I don't remember many of my other teachers as being 'stand-out' fantastic

#2 Lyn29

Posted 03 February 2013 - 06:41 PM


Edited by bye, 29 March 2013 - 02:42 PM.

#3 SUSIE25

Posted 03 February 2013 - 06:41 PM

My grade 4 teacher in 1982. I met her again when I had a short term job in the office of the same school about 3 years ago. She was there regarding a school reunion. Even told her she was my fave when we were chatting,lol. She rem. me too  original.gif  

She was gentle and kind, and had very high expectations of us all. I think we all rose to the challenge otherwise it would have been too much like disrespecting your grandma!

For similar reasons.

#4 SUSIE25

Posted 03 February 2013 - 06:41 PM

.. double post

Edited by SUSIE25, 03 February 2013 - 06:41 PM.

#5 New_display_name

Posted 03 February 2013 - 06:49 PM

Yep my year 9 commerce teacher. And my Aunty's sister is marrying his son.

#6 baking101

Posted 03 February 2013 - 06:49 PM

I think my year 5 teacher was the best teacher I had in terms of feeling safe, happy and loved. She was an older teacher, super strict but very kind. I hope to emulate her with my classes :-)

I had two amazing English teachers in my life, who would duel for most inspiring. One was my English teacher in Yr9 and 10. She was a seriously mad older women, totally batty, couldn't control the class (she got sent out by the kids once) but LOVED literature and engendered that love within me. The other was my English Major tutor at uni. Divinely passionate, a little bit bokers, would get teary when we would do presentations she'd like and would read to us. Both ladies made me love picture books beyond all things.

Edited by baking101, 03 February 2013 - 06:50 PM.

#7 Oriental lily

Posted 03 February 2013 - 06:54 PM

I have three fave teachers.
Mrs fullwood my year 11 art teacher. She bought some of my artwork and was so lovely and so brilliant in building confidence.
Mr cox my grade 5 teacher. First teacher to make learning truly fun and interesting. He also loved David Bowie and introduced me to his music
Mr vingerhoets my grade 6 teacher.
he was incredible, different.
Looking back as an adult some of his teaching techniques were strange and I personally don't think appropriate now.
But he made every day a different learning experience. But he was equally scary and inspiring in equal measures.

He is a big name in the Victorian schooling community now. No longer teachers but does teaching work shops.

Is in google grand biggrin.gif .

#8 Bob-the-skull

Posted 03 February 2013 - 07:04 PM

my teacher i had in year 5 and then year 7...

her name was Miss Howard and she knew how to make learning fun and how to bring the best out in all her students. She had a love of garfield and a passion for teaching.

Every few weeks we would come in to find the whole classroom changed around and decorated to the theme of what we were studying... we had giant painted pictures of the creatures from the book rowan of rin when we were studying that, a teepee in the middle of the room and all sorts of cool things... she also decorated for easter, xmas and halloween.

she also brought animals in to our class, and in turn in to the school...

she awarded her students with merit cards which we could "bet" with in the melbourne cup races, derwent pencils for good art work and general good work, and you could trade in your merit cards at the end of the term/year for prizes!

She was a strict teacher though, she never had any problems ripping a page of work out of your book because you didn't do your best, but she never expected you to be the top of the class, just your personal best! She also made sure we all had manners and correct use of words (such as "may i go the toilet" rather than "can i go the toilet".

#9 leo the lioness

Posted 03 February 2013 - 07:04 PM

I had a few.  I loved school!  I had a reunion recently and tracked one down (very hard to do when they get married and change their names!).  Along with the invitation to the reunion I sent her a letter thanking her for all she did for me back then.  Unfortunately, she wasn't able to attend the reunion but we have swapped a few emails.  

I had a fantastic science teacher in Year 8.  He was actually an exchange teacher from the US. He made science fun that year.

Edited by leo the lioness, 03 February 2013 - 07:12 PM.

#10 LottieCait

Posted 03 February 2013 - 07:11 PM

My Yr 6 teacher Mrs Wright.  She was a fantastic teacher.  She was on the 'alternative' side which was great as our learning was focused on animals and the environment.  She was also a wildlife carer and obviously had to bring the animals to work so they could be fed.  My favourite was an orphaned pheasant we all called Phez  biggrin.gif

#11 BetteBoop

Posted 03 February 2013 - 07:12 PM

My year 1 teacher. She was so affectionate and encouraging.

My years 6&7 teacher. He was funny and made me feel really smart. He also taught me how to say abominable (a bomb in a bull).

Funnily enough, once I got into highschool, every single one of my teachers was an AWFUL TYRANT WITH NO SENSE OF HUMOUR WHO DIDN'T UNDERSTAND MEEEEEE  wink.gif  

What are the odds of that?

#12 kerryhi

Posted 03 February 2013 - 07:18 PM

My favourite teacher was my Year 5 teacher.  He was fantastic and really fostered my love of reading.  

But my all time favourite teacher was the one that my son had last year.  I was lucky enough to be working at the school at the same time.  She cared so much about every student in her class.  I saw her spend so much of her own time working out the best way to help struggling students.  She brought out all of the best qualities in all the kids in her class.  I think she is a little bit magical original.gif I was so sad to see her leave our school.

#13 JRA

Posted 03 February 2013 - 07:22 PM

My maths teacher. I owe him so so so so much

#14 Banana Pancakes

Posted 03 February 2013 - 07:27 PM

Mr W. my 4th grade teacher. It was also the year of the bicentennial so it was the MOST awesome year of all time!

#15 SisterMaryElephant

Posted 03 February 2013 - 07:28 PM

My Grade 3 teacher Mrs Neilsen.  I was working at a level well above the other kids in the class and she's the only primary teacher I remember catering for that (1970s, small country town).  She had a special box of comprehension cards.  Probably sounds boring to others, but they were about a variety of topics (history, geography, nature, literature, etc) and I loved them, and I was the only one who ever used them.  I felt special and appreciated that year.  She even gave me my EB user name; she called me a Clever Chook.

My other favourite was Mrs. Maclean, my high school French teacher.  I did French right through to Year 12 and she really made a difference to how much I enjoyed French and high school overall.  It was awesome to always have a welcoming and warm class to escape to.

#16 Rilee's~Mama

Posted 03 February 2013 - 07:33 PM

I really liked my English teacher in High School .... I think I had her for a few years running. Mrs H, she was tough, she didn't cut you any slack, but she gave out praise where it was deserved. It made me put in that extra bit of effort because a 'well done' from her actually meant something. Oh, and she didn't take any of my sh*t  blush.gif   I didn't realise it at the time, but I appreciated it later  tongue.gif

Our year is organizing our 20 year reunion, and I really hope we can get in touch with her, would love to catch up.

#17 chickendrumstick

Posted 03 February 2013 - 07:34 PM

My high school history teacher. My class group had an unusually high proportion of gifted students and he taught us to think outside the box, to realise that the world was a lot bigger than our small town and that we could achieve anything if we really tried. He went out of his way to provide us with extension work and took us on an excursion to France.
He cried when we graduated and told us that teaching us was the highlight of his career.

#18 FlamingoG

Posted 03 February 2013 - 07:36 PM

My OC teacher in years 4 and 5 was amazing - I think what made him so was his unconventional approach. Naturally this meant that there were parents who didn't approve of him, but the students loved him, and learnt so easily. He used to give us paragraphs to write instead of lines, as he felt we would actually learn something - I remember the noise para to this day, and it's enhanced my vocabulary nicely! When I read The Hobbit, I can still hear him doing Gollum's questions - loved reading aloud!

#19 Therese

Posted 03 February 2013 - 07:39 PM

I had a wonderful year 6 and year 7 teacher (primary school in the NT) My year 7 teacher in particular I remember so fondly. She had moved up from Victoria and taught me all about AFL  lol. She was also just a lovely lady who really encouraged me all the time.

#20 Expelliarmus

Posted 03 February 2013 - 07:47 PM

Mrs Barnes, Year 11 and 12 English. I don't know what it was exactly she was just freaking awesome.

Ms Robertson, Year 11 and 12 History. She gave me such a gift in that she taught us the real story of Australian history. I was one of the few people unfazed and completely unsurprised by indigenous issues when I got to uni. Having since discovered how unusual it is for either my generation, or those who have graduated since to actually understand the issues of reservations, the stolen generation and instiutionalisaton I owe Ms Robertson so very, very much. She also highlighted women's issues and was generally a 'good teacher'.

#21 mez70

Posted 03 February 2013 - 09:09 PM

My all time favorite teacher was my grade 3 Teacher Miss Chamberlin (Tootgarook PS in case she is a member here lol).
There was just something so special about her, I always felt safe in her class, she really pushed us to achieve and had a pet hate of the word UM. We had a board where is we said Um we would have to put ticks and she would pick a number and if you had less than that you got to pick a prize, or if you did an oral report without a single um you would be rewarded. The entire class by the end of the year were all beautiful speakers as we just didn't say um.. She was kind, patient and even though I left that school a couple of years later if she saw my mum she asked after me, If I saw her in the shops even in high school she would always stop and have a chat and remembered my name etc. In fact years later she became a member at company I worked for and it was so hard for me as I couldn't call her by her married name as it didn't feel right nor was I comfortable calling her by her first name as it seemed disrespectful lol

The other really awesome teacher who stands out for me was Sister Pauline (yep Catholic school) In grade 5 I transferred from the prev mentioned school as I was being severely bullied and one of the things I was "targeted" for was my love of reading, I always had my nose in a book.. Anyway Sister Pauline was the librarian at my new school and she instilled in me a great love of books, and was the first person to show me a haven in my love. When i first started and met her she advised me I was always welcome to come and sit in the library at recess or lunch, to read a book, find a book etc. We had some fantastic chats about books and writers and she genuinely would ask for and value my input of books, etc. It was amazing just how great knowing I had that safe place was. By then end of grade 6 I was spending more time with my peers outside than in but I would have been there at least once a week.

#22 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 03 February 2013 - 09:16 PM

My Year 4 teacher (1969 !)was absolutely fantastic. He had the ability to make lessons fun and relevant. I was doubly lucky in that he undertook additional training to transfer to high school teaching and I had him for several subjects all the way through high school. He is now long retired and works as a volunteer education officer at a historical attraction in NSW. He was a truly inspirational person who had a lasting impact on me.

#23 farfaraway

Posted 03 February 2013 - 09:22 PM

Ms. Watts was my year 4 teacher. The most extraordinary teacher I have ever had. I would love to know where she is now so I could tell her what a tremendous impact she had on my life.

#24 againagain

Posted 03 February 2013 - 10:07 PM

My year 11 and 12 Biology teacher was the best. I can't really put my finger on why. Maybe because he had such passion and knowledge for what he was teaching that it rubbed off?

He certainly helped create my future, that is for sure. Prior to his biology classes, I had only been interested in English, Literature etc, I thought science was way too hard.

#25 Beanbag Warrior

Posted 03 February 2013 - 10:23 PM

My Grade 7 teacher taught me Macavity from TS Eliot.

My Grade 11/12 english teacher got up on a chair and waved like a palm tree while teaching us poetry.

But Mr M_______, my grade 8 English teacher was the best - he read REAMS of my terrible emo teenage poetry without complaint and with gentle critique LOL.

Apart from that, I don't think I really had any outstandingly awesome teachers.  I didn't really fit the box of mainstream teaching all that well.

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