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What was the best thing a teacher did for you?

One-in-a-millionOne-in-a-million Posts: 480 Rampant Poster
so ive just been thinking about when I was at high school and had extra help with reading. Do we would go out in a little group and fo a group read. As well as having a book to take home and read with mum, dad, nan ect.

anyone who has had to do extra reading will remember wellington square books with biff chip and floppy. 😂😂😂

this was fine at primery school but when your 14 they get quite boring. Anyway reading wellington square made me not want to read. So my teacher had a word with me to see what was wrong (I was a well behaved student)
I explained that I was struggling to read the books due to not liking them. She said  if I carried on reading them for now, she will see what she can do for me and asked what things I would enjoy more. For me this included mysteries, spooky and crime type books (age appropriate of course.)

jump forward a few months and I my teacher told me she had managed to sort something out for me. She showed me a whole bew set of books called the extraordinary files. These were mystery books that were right up my street. Two detectives investigating a series of supernatural events. I loved them, I remember reading one in particular and not wanting to put it down!

I spoke to her recently (almost 7 years since I left school) I told her that I continue to read now and was grateful for her getting those books. What I didn’t realise was how hard it was to get those books in the first place!!! 
She told me it took a lot of pleading and negotiating to get the funding to buy the books in the first place. she also told me that the amount of children/teenagers that she worked with had also been doing better with there reading.

She could have just shouted at me and told me to just read the book she gave me (wellington square.) but she didn’t! She listened and took action on the feedback she got from me and I presume others.
 I think it goes to show that when teachers listen to their  students they can get good results.

she did give me a laugh to saying she liked listening to me read because I change my voice for the different characters and emotions 😂
(I loved drama btw)

im not quite sure what my point was in this post I think I was just bored but oh well ha ha ha.


  • AidanAidan Potato Posts: 1,456 Fanatical Poster
    edited June 2018
    wellington square books with biff chip and floppy

    Yes! Up til about year 4 we read these to practise reading and they were so boring, but if we did well we got to watch a video at the end of the week! Seems so sad now that it used to be that exciting for us :joy:

    There's a few teachers I'd love to talk about, mainly my year 6 teacher, my year 8-11 biology teacher and my year 11 maths teacher. To save me rambling I'll just write about the latter :joy: but our year 6 teacher Mr. Sanderson worked so hard to prepare me (an introverted, bullied, lonely boy) for secondary school and gave me a head-start at life as well as new-found hope in people. My biology teacher was also just particularly nice and helped me through secondary school with my depression- something she never knew I even had or knew she even helped with.

    In year 11 we got this maths teacher who was new at the school and lived about a two hours' drive away. He was young and straight outta uni, and though nerdy he somehow managed to settle into such a new, hostile environment. There was never a teacher an entire class liked, but he was one. He knew the maths class was lagging so far behind (I was lucky to be getting Bs and wanting an A*, everyone else just wanted Cs and higher but were barely getting Es). He fought to get the maths department more funding. He failed. So he bought us all maths books out of his own money, and when he saw how that was working he signed us all up to a maths website out of his own money too. He never forced us to do anything with what he gave us! But at least he put the option there for us to work harder to do better, and many of us did. I did get my A* in the end. With his extra work after-school with a handful of other students he got me a B in further maths on top of that. I probably owe him a lot for my A* physics too; it was mostly maths anyway and our actual physics teacher was just our biology teacher armed with 90s physics textbooks. She tried bless her, but never had the time.

    I'm looking at careers in aeronautical engineering now, something I can later become a pilot from- and something that has been a dream of mine for a while. This is something I can actually do, and that's because of him. I owe a lot to him for going the extra mile, because that enabled me to go the extra mile and push myself as a person.

    Any other replies to this thread are all gonna be this long, aren't they? :joy:

  • AidanAidan Potato Posts: 1,456 Fanatical Poster
    Unrelated, but I've just realised, I thought the dog was called Kipper? :joy:
  • One-in-a-millionOne-in-a-million Posts: 480 Rampant Poster
    Aidan said:
    Unrelated, but I've just realised, I thought the dog was called Kipper? :joy:
    Ha ha ha no that’s another book and cartoon (kipper the dog) 

    and yes I can imagine a lot of replies being quite long ha ha ha
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    My art teacher showed me how to use photography as a reference from which to apply oil paint to canvas which caused my interest to wander into palette knife painting, but using the knife to paint so leanly that anyone without a trained eye would assume I'd used a sable brush. My art teacher showed me a prime example of one of the finest ways of painting sescapes with such a knife. Pierre de Clausade captured my 14 year old heart. I've not looked back since.

    That French painter captured my heart with the allure of his paintings, and here was I fascinated because until right then, I'd already been painting in Clausade's style for the last few years. Here are some lovely examples of Pierre de Clausade's works.

    Who would realise that Clausade painted with a palette knife?

    Having borrowed my aunt's digital Leice which up to today she has never asked for its return, I went off to some lonely beaches along the northern French coast to capture what I was to convey to canvas. And months later along the ragged beaches of Provence in southern France. My teacher, a private tutor, praised me highly. So enthused I was for his praise though he was highly critical, he helped me gradually build my confidence.

    Since returning from hospital last week I got my oils out and commenced preparing my canvas, something also my art teacher taught how to make and latterly to frame, and set down oil to canvas using some very old, but very lovely palette knives I found in a flea market in Paris.

    The fire my art teacher stoked in me started off a desire to paint. Instead of my ex who painted a scene using words, I excelled myself using palette knife and looking back to see how far I've come, I am deeply humbled that people are wanting to buy my paintings. And it all started when my art teacher said he believed in me.

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