The Hindsight Notes: Who Was Your Favourite Teacher?

9 Oct

The Hindsight Notes is a recurring section created for all you readers desperate to participate in THL, but lacking time to write a full letter. Each Note is composed of a question. All you need to do is answer it, in the form of a comment (below).

They are unfortunately few and far between, but being in the classroom with a truly gifted teacher is a very special gift. This week’s topic is: Who was your favourite teacher? Why? Was it the class they taught? Their ability to explain things in a way you understood? The fact that they gave you an “A” grade even when you might have deserved a “B”?

As always, I’ll start us out…


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10 Responses to “The Hindsight Notes: Who Was Your Favourite Teacher?”

  1. yoursonginmyear October 9, 2010 at 9:40 pm #

    This one is so tough! I had a lot of incredible teachers. One of my english teachers was great, we read the same books, and she critiqued my writing (non-school) for me. I had a great German teacher, who listened to good music and was always available to give advice. My debate coach I was probably the closest too, he and I always had a special bond. I always said I was his “bad daughter”, hehe. He was stern if needed, but always encouraging. Ah, and I had a good math teacher too. **I think these favs were all the teachers that I realized were actually cool, and I could probably hang out with! 🙂

    • thehindsightletters October 10, 2010 at 10:05 pm #

      Very true. I think the “favourite” teachers tend to be the ones that we can relate to, and that we feel we have some kind of common ground with. Did you ever wind up seeing them outside of school?

  2. thehindsightletters October 9, 2010 at 9:32 pm #

    It’s a tough call, but I’m going to have to say that my favourite teacher was Mr. Dart. He taught “Families in Canadian Society”, which dealt with some pretty tough issues like homosexuality, parenting, and relationships in general.

    He was engaging and funny and had an incredible ability to bring everyone in the class into the fold. There were no “bad eggs” in Mr. Dart’s class. Even the kids that typically were the misfits were treated like superstars. And so they acted like it.

    Mr. Dart expected the best from all his students because he genuinely valued each one of them. And subsequently, none of his students wanted to let him down. I remember hearing people (probably myself included) saying, “I’m not going to skip this afternoon- I have Mr. Dart’s class”.

    It’s a real testament to what it means to be a great teacher. And also to what is unfortunately lacking in the majority of classrooms. If only every teacher were like Mr. Dart.

    P.S. Mr. Dart- if you’re reading: THANK YOU!

  3. Anna October 10, 2010 at 12:28 pm #

    I had a few favorite teachers in high school, but the one that comes to mind was Mrs. Severson. I had her for Spanish for three years. She cut me a lot of slack because I was doing so well in her classes, and looking back I wish I had treated her with more respect. My favorite was when she would accuse me of cheating when I would get perfect scores on exams…lol. But really though, she was a really good teacher and was always willing to sit down and listen to me, and she made learning fun. I always looked forward to those classes, and was sad when I had to move on from studying Spanish.

    • thehindsightletters October 10, 2010 at 10:03 pm #

      She sounds like a great teacher. It’s amazing what a difference it makes when a teacher is willing to listen as well as teach. It’s a great life lesson, really. Thanks for reading and sharing your story!

  4. magnolia October 10, 2010 at 1:02 pm #

    i had so many amazing teachers that it’s hard to pick just one. i have to go by school.

    elementary: mrs. helm, third grade. she was so kind, so patient, and she’s the teacher who really stoked my love of creative writing (in longhand – she also helped me neaten up my penmanship).

    middle: mrs. tipton, eighth-grade algebra I. i am not a math person, and she was the last math teacher who was able to get me to understand.

    high: mrs. barlow, eleventh- and twelfth-grade history. she was the youngest teacher i ever had (only 10 years older than me), and not only was she brilliant, but she was a fantastic mentor. she really helped make me who i am today.

    • thehindsightletters October 10, 2010 at 10:01 pm #

      You were lucky to have so many great teachers! I always loved the younger, more relatable ones too. I think they also tended to be less jaded about “the system” and such 🙂 Thanks for reading!

  5. casalinda October 11, 2010 at 10:16 am #

    Your readers mostly mention high school teachers. Magnolia references her third grade teacher. Good for her! There are teachers at that level that instilled good learning habits before we get to the secondary level. The “gateway” teacher to the love of learning could have been your kindergarten or first grade teacher, too. That is what my daughter does and I love hearing about the kids and how they love her and school because of her. So, tell us about the great secondary teachers, but also the wonderful primary teachers that started it all for you.

    • thehindsightletters October 11, 2010 at 2:15 pm #

      Absolutely right! There were so many great teachers during my elementary years, and they are most certainly the ones that spark a love of learning first. I think likely the readers comment mostly on high school teachers since The Hindsight Letters is all about the lessons you learn during adolescence- as a teenager, so junior and high school. So I think people are focusing comments on the theme of the site. Thank you for sharing your story, though, I’m sure your daughter is a great teacher!


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