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Did you have a favourite teacher at school? What did they do that made them better than the other teachers?

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Definitely. Mrs Manuel in my last year at primary school. She was just so kind & lovely. She's sure to have passed away by now but I sometimes wonder if teachers realise how much of an effect they can have on their students and how fondly they are remembered years (or decades) later.
I think the good ones know, because they are told by the pupils who remember them :)
Miss MacArthur, my grade 10 English teacher. She was and still is the best teacher I have ever had. She was short, rather stout and, more often than not, cranky. She was one of the few teachers to deviate from the curriculum. I can almost hear her saying "It's what's best for the student, so I'm doing it" even though I have no idea if she ever said anything like that. Come to think of it, I can't see anyone forcing such a strong willed woman to justify herself.

She took a special interest in me, likely because I very briefly dated her daughter. After her daughter and I decided we were better off as friends (which we were) we became very close friends. I think Miss MacArthur appreciated that friendship.

I like to think she also appreciated my writing. I used to write a lot of fiction, poetry and song lyrics in high school. I shifted from music project to music project while growing up and I wrote a lot. I used to get the best ideas in her class, mostly for poetry because that's all I had time to write while in class. I would jot a four lines here, six there, more often than not in MacArthur's class.

Few students really enjoyed her class, but I certainly did. I attribute part of my love of books to her teaching and that has shaped a large part of my life.
Have you told her this? I'm sure she would be really delighted to know what a difference she made to you. It's such a great story, thank you for sharing :)
No, I guess I always felt that anything less than a full-length novel wouldn't be enough to match my perception of her expectations of me. I know she'd be happy to hear that I loved he class, and that I appreciated her as a teacher but I don't believe it would be enough. I guess that's on me.
I had a favourite at primary school, Mr Warren, who was better than all the others because he made a real attempt to stretch and challenge me intellectually. I was never bored in his class and always busy! A friend from those early years bumped into Mr Warren recently and posted a photo of him on Facebook, which prompted a flood of happy memories :)
A favourite? I can't pick just one. In primary school there was Miss Cefi and Mr Kennedy. They genuinely cared about their students. Come high school, there were a handful that stood out because they went above and beyond in their own ways.
by Vee
You were lucky to have so many good teachers!
I really was. I've heard some horror stories about teachers bullying kids or just having a general dislike of kids.
by Vee
Miss Benson, science teacher.First year of High School.

It was 1967.
She was just so lovely to be around.About 23 yrs old.Tall like a model,quite thin, and had the most lovely shoes and clothes, and when she talked it was very gentle.
Sounds perfect :)
she sure was :)
by jonaja
Several stood out. I had a couple of lovely ones in primary school (and some horrible bullies too, but that's beside the point). In high school I had a really great English teacher who didn't treat us like idiots and gave us the benefit of her experience with some really interesting stories about her life, and a science teacher with a terrific sense of humour.
All my science teachers had sarcasm in vast quantities but no real laugh out loud humour.... I could have done with one like that!
I had several really lovely teachers. One is now my father's partner, so I feel obligated to say that my favourite was Mrs Berliner, who taught me french and german in highschool.

Interestingly one of my other favourites was my dad, he was a really great music teacher, I learnt more in his class in that one year with him than I learnt in all the other music classes I did.
It's normally the other way round isn't - kids dislike being taught by their parents! My mum wasn't a teacher but she was a Brownie Guider and that made Brownies quite difficult for me.... so I can't imagine being taught by a parent!
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