Thursday, January 31, 2013

My Second Grade Teacher

was a well-respected veteran of the profession.
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She broke her back the summer before I was to be in her class and was out for the entire year on disability.

Our class ended up with a long-term substitute.

She was a stern woman. I remember her as being rather mean.

When my fear of bees was so bad that I lied and said I was allergic in order to save face over being completely paralyzed every time one entered the room, she made me do a book report on bees so I would see there was nothing to be worried about.

It didn't work.

Turns out, in the age when parents kept opinions away from the ears of their children and instead, enforced that the teacher was someone to be respected at all times, that my parents and many of the others didn't like her any better than we students did.  I didn't learn that, however, until I was an adult.

My second grade teacher was not my favorite.

Which is ironic...

...because I teach second grade!
 
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11 comments:

Jaya J said...

oh my second grade teacher was mean. really mean.

SuperMom Blues said...

I honestly don't remember much about my second grade teacher - I'm pretty sure I blocked her out for heinous reasons. I think all second grade teachers of a certain generation were mean, LOL. Ironically, my daughter's second grade teacher was the best teacher we've ever known, hands down!

The Dose of Reality said...

I LOVED my second grade teacher. In fact, I think she helped mold my entire academic future by believing in me.

Hooray for second grade teachers (except that sub because she was HARSH!)

The Liebers said...

My second grade teacher was a B****! And I, ironically, taught second grade for three years. Hmmmm...

Diane said...

I had the same teacher in 2nd that I'd had in first because she switched to 2nd grade and I just so happened to get her again. She was one of my favorite teachers.

Devin started out 2nd grade with a wonderful teacher. He loved her. But she retired halfway through the year so after Christmas break they go a teacher who came out of retirement to take the class but who should have really never been allowed to come back at all. She did not want to be there and it was clear. I felt so bad for him and the rest of the kids.

WhisperingWriter said...

I loved my second grade teacher. My third grade teacher was scary.

Charlotte Klein said...

I don't remember much about my second grade teacher, but maybe she's the reason you want to leave a better impression on your classroom?? :)

Carol said...

We need all the good second grade teachers we can get! I think it's a very significant time in a child's life. That's when they start to really remember things... good and bad. Maybe your experience will propel you to be the absolute best teacher in your students lives.

lifesolovely said...

Of all my school years, my 2nd grade teacher was the only one I truly didn't like. She scared me! I was so happy when I got a wonderfully fun teacher for 3rd grade :)

Aleta said...

OMG, you're making me think of the one teacher I used to hate - my second grade teacher, Mrs. Spanola. I feared her, because if the students answered wrong, she would throw things at them!

She would also toss candy to those who got the questions right. And the students had to read passages out loud.. but I have a hearing disability, which affects my speech (especially back then).. terrified, I tell you.

But the one thing I do recall.. we were practicing R's and W's - the various sounds and I couldn't hear the difference. The teacher pulled me out of the classroom, telling the students as they laughed at me, "This is NOT funny." She took me into another room with no students and worked with me until I was able to make the two distinct sounds.

I look back on that memory and have to appreciate her now. But it took a long time to do so :)

Mimi Baker said...

I've liked my kids elementary teachers and being in a small town, got to know them very well with 4 kids and being a p/t para and volunteer. But, my oldest had a terrible 4th grade teacher and several parents went to the principal about her. I'm not one of those parents who lets a teacher be nasty to her entire class. It just wasn't ok. She did marry and move away the next year. =/