Secret Subject Swap – March

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Welcome to Take One of March’s Secret Subject Swaps. This week, 15 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

My Secret Subject is: Who was your favorite teacher in school and why? It was submitted by:

Normally I write funny posts, but this prompt required a more serious tone.  So off we go down memory lane.

Luckily I only had one teacher that truly made a difference, the Spanish teacher at my high school. She once came into the card store I was working in while to college. I was so happy and awestruck to see her. She was now working as a Spanish teacher at the school in the very town I was working. I felt like I was watching a celebrity.

I wanted to major in Spanish, I wanted to be a bilingual teacher. That plan was thwarted though when the college I transferred to for my Bachelor’s Degree no longer offered it as a major. So my plans changed, but my memory of her did not.

She clothes were never wrinkled, her curly hair so perfect around her face, her stories were not only funny but connected to the lessons. She bleached her upper lip and even though you could see the difference in color on her already pale face, it still looked so perfect. She made Spanish fun, she made me want to learn more. She made learning fun, she made feeling successful cool. She was classy and funny. She was what I wanted to be.

Now, while she was a model of great teaching, I must also share the worst teacher at that high school too. I shall call her the troll. It’s not so much that she looked like one, but what she did made her a troll. For one of our history assignments we had to write an essay, I am not great at writing. I need to draft, plan, write, edit, plan again, rewrite, edit and write again. I was in ninth grade and she read “the worst piece of writing I ever have see” aloud. Sure she didn’t read my name, but I’m sure everyone could tell it was mien from my blush. I was mortified and wanted to die as she criticized the entire essay. Let me rephrase, she humiliated me and broke me into tiny pieces and stomped on me. She was a BULLY. That is NOT what a teacher should do. She should be ashamed of herself and I truly hope she never did that to anyone else.

Okay now that I shared a little bit of myself, go off and read the other Secret Subject Swaps.


23 responses to “Secret Subject Swap – March

  1. I had one of those AWFUL teachers too! Her reputation preceded her. She may have been referred to as a troll in our school too! She taught AP English my senior year. It was more difficult than any college course I ever took. She was mean and she spared no one’s feelings, but she did turn me into a bad-ass writer. I’ll always remember with mixed feelings too!

    • I actually learned nothing, I was so badly humiliated and all I could do was focus on not crying. I’ve had critical teachers, but never a bully. It’s crazy that they are teachers and want to educate young kids.

  2. It always amazed me that there were mean teachers. The work is hard and the hours are many and the pay is low. Why do it if inspiring children isn’t your passion? It just doesn’t make sense.
    And then there are the ones like your Spanish teacher. You remember them forever, because they make you happy to learn. Those are the ones you want for your children.

    • Yes, the Spanish teacher helped make up my mind about being a teacher. I swear some teachers go into so they can torture and bully.

  3. I think your post is a good example of what can happen when we as teachers don’t practice what we preach. You can have a million great experiences at school, but if even one person breaks your spirit, it is that which you hold on to. I remember a teacher saying I couldn’t do a report on Japan, because I’d be cheating (I’m Japanese) and should give others a chance to learn about the culture. I was devastated. I still remember what she was wearing that day 😦 On the other hand, my next teacher was the one who made school a safe place to land. I felt loved and capable in her classroom. Though I remember that bad teacher, I celebrated the great teacher. She was my example all through my teaching years. Thanks for taking on my topic!

  4. Yep, that is DEFINITELY troll material. :/ I had one like that. We called her Petunia Pig (she looked JUST like her) and for some reason she decided to pick on me and my BFF alllllll year long. She was our Honors English teacher and I will NEVER understand how she kept her job.
    My favorite was the teacher I had for Honors English the NEXT year. The two couldn’t have been more different!

  5. Teachers like that really piss me off. They hit a chord inside of me. Teachers should love their jobs and molding our children into adults, not humiliate them. As a mom now, I think if anything like that happened to my boys me and this teacher would go rounds. In the parking lot. 🙂

  6. Wow, I’m so sorry that you had a teacher like that. I use to think that this one particular teacher had issues with me my sophomore year, but I’m not sure if he did or if I just hated Math that much.

  7. You had such totally opposite teachers! Thank God you had a warm encouraging teacher to counteract the troll. I also had a troll in 6th grade. He hated me and I never knew why. Humiliated me more times than i care to remember. These types of people have NO IDEA how damaging that is to a child’s self-esteem. I agree with what Insomniac’s Dream said–I’d have to go rounds with her in the parking lot, too!

  8. Awww I’m so sorry sweetie that is awful! No teach should ever do that….but I gotta say you’re not the only one…it happened to me too!

  9. Teacher are charged with a very special honour of shaping young people’s lives if they do it well they contribute something special to the next generation but when they’re mean or bullies then they need to move onto a different place. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

  10. I had an awesome Spanish teacher too. My Mom actually had her before I did, so I was really excited to get her as a teacher. I had a lot of wonderful teachers in high school. Fortunately I really didn’t have any “trolls”. I had a few friends who did , though!

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