Even as children, my contemporaries at CH and I were aware that "nice" teachers did not necessarily equal "good" teachers. I think even quite young pupils can be pretty astute, and for those who are interested in learning, as we were, we had far more respect for teachers who expected high standards. We weren't hoodwinked for a moment by "nice but ineffective" teachers.sejintenej wrote:
I suppose I must have read each of the preceding 133 posts on this subject and still I feel uneasy about it.
How do you define "favourite" and does it vary with time and experience? To give an idea,
- there could have been a teacher whoi let you get away with everything, who was warm and friendly - but from whom you learned nothing.
- another teacher insisted on good quality work and at the end of the academic year you realised that, for all the hard work she put you through, you had actually acheived a lot.
- another teacher you hated but, looking back 10 years you realised that she was doing and acheiving everything possible to ensure that you ended up a well rounded individal.
I'm not sure I could identify any in your third category, David. If a teacher was doing that, I realised it at the time - there wasn't anyone of whom I reviewed my judgement later. Generally I would define "favourite" for myself as the second type, but principally those who made us work hard and were fun/warm/friendly/inspirational into the bargain.