Teachers. From the past few years of school, I can easily stick them into five groups: The good, the monotone, the dictator, the slacker, the horrible. [I’m still in high school, so my traits of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ may vary from yours]
You know, those teachers who actually TEACH WELL, who give you various means of communication so you can ask questions at anytime, teachers who care about your schedule too. Those are the good teachers. They may not be the nicest or they might be a ray of sunshine, but if they can teach well, with you understanding everything that comes your way (or they help you understand it) then they’re a great teacher. My Eng teacher, she’s MOSTLY nice, and she gave us time when we could come for help so we can get things right and learn better for uni. Even though we got a lot of projects and assignments, she was a legitimately good teacher.
Yeah, those teachers. The ones who know their subject through and through, are able to teach their subject well, but have the most monotone voice on the planet that makes every student in the room fall asleep. If they aren’t interesting, it’s REALLY hard to pay attention and actually learn. Instead students tend to get distracted or decide to take naps.
Everyone’s had a teacher like this at some point (to be honest, most of them are math teachers). They are the crazy, pain-in-the-ass, makes-you-suicidal kind of teachers. You know what I’m talking about. Those teachers who are “always right” even when they a. make no sense or b. are wrong. However, they insist they are right and drill something into your head, only to change their mind two weeks later, thus resulting in you failing your test/quiz. It’s those teachers who stare at you in the hallway and decide to bud their heads into you business and then go off to tell your parents about it. It’s those teachers who just drive you insane because no matter HOW HARD YOU STUDY, you STILL FAIL THEIR TESTS. Not because you don’t know the unit’s material, you just don’t know the test’s material because half the stuff on there, you’ve never learn before. Yeah, these teachers.
Those teachers that everyone loves. Not because their good, but because THEY DO NOTHING. They don’t bother to try to control the class, or they have control of the class, but instead of teaching, they talk about machetes, snakes, and dogs. I’m not saying that I don’t love those teachers too, but I’ve learned that the next year when you get “the Good” teacher, then you’re SCREWED because it hits you: YOU DIDN’T LEARN A SINGLE THING IN THAT SUBJECT LAST YEAR. Now grade ten and grade eleven, okay maybe it’s fine, but when that happens in grade 12, you should start fearing for the future of your education. Good marks can only get you so far if you haven’t really earned them.
Okay, now here’s where the rant really begins. It’s those teachers, those useless freaking teachers that TEACH you, but not WELL. Those teachers who have an inability to create a good rubric or instructions for an assignment, so you sit there lost trying to do this project with no clue as to what their expectations are because all they say is “Shows good inquiry skills”. I don’t know how this stuff works for university, but I’m pretty sure that they’re somewhat better at telling you want they want. There are also those teachers who teach you something, but they contradict themselves so often that you just get lost in it all. Then you go to ask them, and they pull that “I don’t know, what do you think?” thing. Like, I’M ASKING YOU. Or they say something like “What do you think William Lyon Mackenzie was thinking?” HOW WOULD I KNOW!? HE’S DEAD. Or they contradict themselves some more “Well, he thought that the act was fair and right but he didn’t like it because it wasn’t fair” WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO TELL ME!?!?!?! These are the useless teachers who just drive you up the wall and make you want to shoot them, or throw an anvil at their heads because they’re so incomprehensibly stupid that you feel that killing them will actually make this world a better place. I’m not plotting murder, but come on, everyone knows what this feels like. And at this point, I’m just trying to PASS the classes with these teachers.
In the end, Good teachers are hard to find, and Bad teachers are too plentiful.
Yes, this is such a first world problem, but it’s just been bugging me for a while…
Currently: Doing my project
Reading: Starcrossed or Across the Universe…
Listening to: BLUE – BIGBANG