March 2, 2007

Teach your children well

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:40 pm by sillydreamer

Last night I was reading a book in bed and the characters were talking about their school teachers.  That got me to thinking about mine.  When I was a child I loved school!  That lasted until probably 6th grade but up until then I loved being in school and looked forward to getting up everyday and going.  I know, what a freak huh?  I was so in awe of my teachers and thought they were the greatest.  I hope my kids have some great memories of their teachers and elementary school years as well. 

Mrs. Coulter-kindergarten-the most I can remember about her is that she had a baby during the school year and we had to have a substitute.  Back then kindergarten was only half day so I don’t remember too much about being there.  Except one time this fat kid stole my Hershey candy bar and ate it and I had nothing for snack!  Probably the real issue here is that my Mom sent a candy bar for my snack instead of something healthy but that’s what I remember.  Mrs. Coulter was nice and we were all glad when she came back.

Mrs. Guy-1st grade-This was her last year of teaching so I’m sure she was ready for the school year to be over .  Mrs. Coulter was very young and so that made Mrs. Guy seem reeaallly old to me and I was a little afraid of her at first.  She was nice though and made me feel very smart and special so I think that got me off to such a good start.

Mrs. Dewey-2nd grade-I loved, loved, loved this teacher!  She made learning fun and I  had such a good time in her class.  Even when we were waiting in line to go to recess, lunch, etc. she found some way to interact with us such as singing or reciting a poem we had learned.  I thought she was the greatest person ever and I loved every minute of her class.  About 10 years ago I actually looked her up (she was still teaching) and wrote her a letter telling her what an impact she had on me.  She remembered me and wrote me back and that made my day.  I hope that everyone has a Mrs. Dewey in their school career 🙂

Mrs. Patterson-3rd grade-After being Mrs. Dewey’s student, she didn’t stand a chance!  She was nice but didn’t seem to have the spark that I was used to.  Also, when we were learning our multiplication tables she commented to me that I didn’t seem to be doing so well in math and that made me feel stupid.  Mrs. Dewey made math fun so I didn’t know that it was supposed to be hard until I got in Mrs. Patterson’s class.  To this day I hate math! 

Mrs. Gregory-4th grade-Back when I was in grade school when the teachers went back for inservice they posted their class list on their doors.  It was a big deal to keep going up to the school and checking to see if they had been posted.  Of course you already had the teacher you wanted picked out and rest assured I did not want this teacher.  She seemed mean to me so I was really scared when I found out she was going to be my teacher that year.  I ended up loving her and enjoying her class very much.  She took no gruff from anyone but since I was teacher’s pet I had no problem with that!

Mrs. Johnson-5th grade-Mrs. Johnson rocked!  She was tough but she told you exactly how she wanted something done and as long as you did it that way it was fine.  To this day I admire that trait very much in a person.

After 5th grade there were so many teachers per day that it was hard to form a bond with any of them.  However, my 9th grade teacher, Mrs. Ballard, was a one in a million teacher.  She was the piano player at my church so I knew her before I got into her class but not very well.  She was just an awesome person and I loved her class alot.  I even went on to be her aide for two years after that because I enjoyed her so much.

As a child I had so much fun in school and the teachers were a lot more free to run their classrooms the way they wanted.  I understand why things are the way they have to be these days but it’s a little sad for the kids.  How much fun was it to have an actual Halloween party instead of a “Fall Festival” or Christmas party instead of a “Holiday Party”?  Even with all the restictions and rules that I find a little trivial sometimes I’m sure that kids today will be able to look back and remember some very special times and teachers from their childhood.   Or maybe you grow up and realize how simple and uncomplicated life really was back then 😉

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2 Comments »

  1. Faith said,

    Girl~

    You remember that far back and in such detail!

    I can only remember Mrs. Fish and Mrs. Olsen from grade school, that is it. I wonder if they are even alive…I think it was 3rd and 4th grade, then I think I had Mr. Olsen for 5th grade in Maine…Mrs. Lawmeyer for 6th grade in TX in Lubbock. Oh man, I guess I remember more than I figured. We moved to Plainview when I was in the middle of my 7th grade. My most influential teacher in High School was Deborah Canterbury, she was the first lesbian I ever knew. She lived with Jamie Skelton the Spanish teacher! She was our Drama teacher and a very cool lady. I wonder how she’s doing. She’s gotta be in her late 60s now. We called her Canter or Canterbury, no Miss or Ms. This is in the late 70s-early 80s she treated us like people, not kids. We did some great theatre for rednecky Plainview where the hiearchy is football, band, choir, theatre then art. So we were the next to the last on the totem pole! LOL!
    Last I heard she was in No. TX…Faith

  2. Courtney said,

    Hi Marla! I love your new blog. They seem to have better templates than they do at Blogger. Darn it.
    I enjoyed reading your post about teachers. It reminded me of some I had. I won’t say I ever really loved school, but elementary school sure was the best. But I seem to remember the bad teachers more than the good ones. My second grade teacher was Mrs. Parker. She was MEAN. I remember one day I had to go to the bathroom and it was right before the day was over. She told me to hold it til I got home. Well, I rode the bus home and it let off at the end of the street that crossed mine. By the time I rounded the corner to my street, I couldn’t hold it any longer and let it go.
    Where I lived, once you got to third grade, you didn’t stay in the same classroom all day. I think you changed teachers for Reading and Math. My third grade teacher was my favorite. Her name was Ms. Banks and she was a young pretty black lady. I don’t really remember why I liked her so much. I guess it was just the way she taught that I liked and made me understand multiplication and division. And she was good about making the kids feel good when they did something right.
    My fourth or fifth grade math teacher (can’t remember which) however, was my least favorite. Her name was Mrs. Roundtree, and she was also very MEAN. That year my dad had to work at Thanksgiving so we decided to use the next weekend to go to my grandma’s. I told my teacher I wasn’t gonna be there that Friday and she was like “Thanksgiving was last week!” I had a bad habit of daydreaming a lot in her class and she would always call me on it and make me look like a dumbass. I hated her.
    There also was a Mrs. Gregory at my school, but I never had her. I did however have a teacher similar. It was man, Mr. Tripp. He was my 6th grade teacher. We got cards in the mail before school started that said who our homeroom teacher would be. He was the one I dreaded and I was so upset when I got the card that I cried. But it turned out that he was one of my favorites. I think sometimes I gave him a hard time, but I think he liked me. My uncle died that year and he was very caring.
    Thanks for the trip down memory lane :).


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