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Re: Horrible Horrible Teachers

Post by Dirty n Evil » Tue Aug 11, 2009 6:37 am

All right, here's my entry in this thread. :)

I've done my best to forget the bad teachers... and the fact that I gradutated almost two decades ago have blurred the memories of several teachers out of my mind. However, there was this one teacher that I had in college that was just so, so, so very bad. So bad it was funny bad. =)) My current roomie Paul used to like to write short stories, as did I. We decided to take a college course together for creative writing. After the class was done, all the students couldn't wait for the teacher to leave and talk amongst each other because we truly learned more from each other's criticisms than from anything she ever offered.

She had some incredibly irrational hang ups. They seemed to come out of nowhere, and as we read aloud our short stories she's stop us and tell us "that doesn't seem realistic". She did this to me a few times when two guys who were friends were actually opening up and confessing somethings that were both troubling them personally. She didn't believe that guys would ever do this. That unless they were harassing and bullying one another around, they weren't acting like guys.

However, the funniest instance of her saying "that doesn't seem realistic" happened one night by coincidence and perfect comedic timing. A young lady was reading out loud a story, and in the story a character was named Amanda. The teacher let her read for a little bit, but stopped her about ten minutes in and said that she didn't think that people would name their child Amanda. /:) Those are her actual words. Other students defended the writer, saying that they didn't think it was so strange. The teacher didn't agree, but you could see she was having a tough time not saying something about the character's name. That was silly and odd enough, but it went on. The next person who read starting reading their story out loud, but then gave a pause. He looked at the teacher and apologized, because he too had named a character in his story Amanda. The teacher huffed in a very unprofessional manner, rolled her eyes, and just told him to continue.

I thought the way the teacher behaved was entirely inapproprate, so I went about illustrating this point to her. By some odd alignment of the stars, I too had written a story with the main character going by the name of 'Mandy'. Hey, what can I say, my mother liked Barry Manilow and it sunk in. Well, I started very animatedly pulling my bookbag up onto my desk, getting out my large eraser, and erasing rather quickly and animatedly at my story. I did this deliberately to get the teacher's attention, and when she stared at me I looked up at her and spoke in the most deadpan tone I could. "I have to think of a name other than Mandy." A few people in the class snickered. Without missing a beat, Paul spoke up and said, "Chris, when you're done with that eraser, I need to borrow it."

The teacher literately threw the folder in her hands up in the air, letting the papers inside flutter to the ground. She grumbled and didn't fight us on the fact that since clearly we all felt that Amanda or Mandy was an appropriate name, she wouldn't continue to fight it. It was evident she still felt she was in the right, but wouldn't struggle against it any further. After she left, the door barely swung shut before the entire class laughed our asses off at her.
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Re: Horrible Horrible Teachers

Post by cyanide_sweet » Tue Aug 11, 2009 8:37 am

A few of my teachers in 7th grade got angry at the "dirty dancing" going on at a school dance and kicked out all the students and cancelled the dance. They refused to let any kids back in, and seeing as this was like... a bunch of 12-14 year olds stranded for a few hours they naturally started a riot! Trees were chopped down with axes, garbage cans thrown through windows... one teacher's car was trashed...

My 9th grade science teacher told us the disturbing details of his vasectomy. He wore VERY tight biking shorts to school every day. He also gave out his home phone number to me and a friend of mine in the class. In case we ever were up for "PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES" outside of school.

The art teacher at our junior high was this incredibly bitchy old lady who smoked a ridiculous amount of pot that she kept hidden in a cookie jar in the class room. One day she freaked out and actually dragged a girl off of her chair by her hair. She was suspended from teaching for "mental health reasons" for a few weeks. While she was gone I obtained a key for her classroom and two of my friends stole her pot stash and replaced it with a bag of their own hair.

My junior high music teacher had the goal of making every student he taught cry at least once. He screamed, threw things, and kept a jar on his desk that read "Ashes Of Former Students." He was good if you were one of his favourites though! He pulled me out of class multiple times to help him pull pranks on the other teaches. I helped him paper mache the vice-principal's desk, "borrow" another teaches car and credit card and go for pizza, duct-tape another teaches car keys to the ceiling, along with many more fun things! This was negated by the time he called me "A GOOD FOR NOTHING SHIT" in front of the entire class and critiqued my haircut saying I looked like a dirty drug-addled raver.

My 10th grade french teacher skipped our french class more than I did, which was quite a feat! She would leave at the start of every period and return at the end with a Starmucks coffee and shopping bags. Once my friend ran into her at the mall during the period she was supposed to be teaching our class.

I might add more to this later, I've had REALLY terrible and crazy teachers. Most were crazy in a good way though, so not really good to add to this thread :P

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Re: Horrible Horrible Teachers

Post by Yen sid » Tue Aug 11, 2009 8:50 am

Awesome....truly awesome. :ymdevil:
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Re: Horrible Horrible Teachers

Post by Don Alexander » Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:37 am

cyanide_sweet wrote:I might add more to this later, I've had REALLY terrible and crazy teachers. Most were crazy in a good way though, so not really good to add to this thread :P
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I knew it was a good idea to point this one out to you.

Again, my life seems plain and boring. *PT*

I also vote we allow stories of crazy good teachers as well, because I wanna hear more!!! :D
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Re: Horrible Horrible Teachers

Post by GothPoet » Tue Aug 11, 2009 6:55 pm

cyanide_sweet wrote: My 10th grade french teacher skipped our french class more than I did, which was quite a feat! She would leave at the start of every period and return at the end with a Starmucks coffee and shopping bags.
There was a professor like that when I was in college. I didn't have him, having finished the Introduction to Computers class he "taught" the semester before. I was working in the Computer Science lab at the time, and had gotten tired of being asked the same exact questions about the software (An office suite called Framework) that I had printed out a sheet with all the things I had learned just playing with the software. :-B

Anyway, this professor would stay with his class long enough to take attendance, then brought them all to the computer lab and left for the day. Several of them stated that I taught them more than he ever did. :|

A couple semesters later, I stopped working at the computer lab due to a boss change. My old boss was a pretty cool guy, if somewhat hard to understand at times, the new boss, a power-crazed petty dictator. I chose not to put up with his bullshit, and got a new campus job (Student Research Assistant on a project for NASA. :D ) Oddly enough, just about the same time I left the lab, the school stopped using Framework in the Introduction to Computers class. /:)

(I'm not nearly arrogant enough to say I had anything to do with that, but I did find the timing interesting. :D )
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Re: Horrible Horrible Teachers

Post by Fen » Thu Aug 13, 2009 6:32 pm

Kamino Neko wrote:My grade 4 teacher.

Apparently, she was very good with challenged students, I wouldn't know, because I wasn't one of them, and she was absolute CRAP with gifted students.

I was always finished my work early. Like - halfway through the assigned time. Wasn't allowed to read at my desk. Wasn't allowed to get up and read one of the books at the back of the room. Wasn't allowed to do anything.

I ended up literally strapped to my chair more than once.
Wait, isn't that normal?

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Re: Horrible Horrible Teachers

Post by Otaku201 » Fri Aug 14, 2009 1:22 am

cyanide_sweet wrote:A few of my teachers in 7th grade got angry at the "dirty dancing" going on at a school dance and kicked out all the students and cancelled the dance. They refused to let any kids back in, and seeing as this was like... a bunch of 12-14 year olds stranded for a few hours they naturally started a riot! Trees were chopped down with axes, garbage cans thrown through windows... one teacher's car was trashed...
God Bless that teacher.

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Re: Horrible Horrible Teachers

Post by Kamino Neko » Fri Aug 14, 2009 2:06 am

Fen wrote:Wait, isn't that normal?
Isn't which part normal?

Finishing early? (For a gifted kid in a mainstreamed class, sure, since the slow students need to be accounted for.)

Not being allowed to read at your desk? (Not in my experience...once the work's done, most teachers are good about letting a person do something other than sit there, bored - either they let you drag out a book, or they assign more work.)

Not being allowed to grab a book from the back to read? (Depends on the teacher, but in elementary school, most of the teachers it was an issue with encouraged it - it's why the books were there! We were encouraged to donate to the class library in grade 5, too. It's how I ended up reading the Diary of Ann Frank.)

Tying kids to their seat? (Not at all. Actually illegal here and now. Probably illegal then and there, but I don't think I ever mentioned it to my parents, or to anyone with authority over the teacher.)
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Re: Horrible Horrible Teachers

Post by Fen » Sat Aug 15, 2009 7:07 pm

wait, you mean ACTUAL typing, with ropes?

I meant about not being allowed to do anything until the minimum amount of tiem i sover.
I always finish early and it's quite common to spend mroe time doing nothing(i usually sleep on the table) than on the actual test.
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Post by Kamino Neko » Sat Aug 15, 2009 7:26 pm

Fen wrote:wait, you mean ACTUAL typing, with ropes?
A belt, actually, but yes, when I said 'literally' I meant literally.

And she is literally the only teacher I ever had who made you sit there, doing nothing, for half a class, if you finished early. Any other would allow you - or even encourage you - to take out a book, or do some other work. Or doodle. Or something not to spend 30 minutes staring into space.

Or, in high school, near the end of the year, we could even leave.
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Re: Horrible Horrible Teachers

Post by Lilianna » Sun Aug 16, 2009 3:19 am

On the topic of dirty dancing...

This past homecoming, a friend of mine and her boyfriend were separated during a slow dance for kissing. Literally 5 feet away during the next fast song, a guy and a girl were dry humping. Not grinding. HUMPING.

And music teaching? My band director's the same way, with the crying, but he doesn't necessarily do it on purpose. He just naturally pisses people off. You just have to learn how to be a smart ass and put him in his place like I have. I put him down so many times this past week during band camp, and guard was only with band about 2/3 of the time.
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