464: Effective Teachers

A Thousand Things to Talk About
464: Effective Teachers

Who was the most effective teacher you had? Why?

Full episode script

Teaching is a calling, a profession, a skill… and about a million other things. Formally or informally, being in the position of a teacher is a powerful position of influence. Rather than quoting some of the thousands of philosophies of teaching, I figured I’d share what some of the first answers of this question were like, and I’d love to hear your stories.

“She encouraged me to do the things I loved and to push my self. She also identified that I was color-blind and helped me overcome it in my everyday life”

“My high school math teacher recognized my strengths in math and allowed me to create my own math class for a semester to challenge myself. If all of high school had been like that, I think I would have felt much more successful.”

“High School physics teacher. This was the first class I ever felt challenged. The teacher installed a love of physics in me by his approach. To this point in school I was pretty much bored out of my mind.”

“He gave me a space to create and slack off, but forgave the teenage part of myself while I learned to use my unique voice. I can’t even remember how many writing classes I took from him. I just remember that when I had him for my first required freshman English class, that first day of high school, it was like an entire world of laughter, weirdness, self-expression, wild fun, and fresh escape was within my grasp. I was a writer before his classes, but I’m STILL a writer BECAUSE of what he taught me. And we’re still friends today because he cares deeply about his work and his students.”

“My father because he said to question everything.”

This script may vary from the actual episode transcript.