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Re: Teachers that cannot teach

Postby lunchtime.samurai » Fri Mar 19, 2010 11:26 pm UTC

Exactly. For example, in romaji, eat is tabemasu, and don't eat is tabemasen.
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Re: Teachers that cannot teach

Postby lunchtime.samurai » Fri Mar 19, 2010 11:32 pm UTC

Kyberely wrote:For the last three years of high school we had a PE teacher who's idea of teaching was to do a badly mimed demonstration for five seconds then sit our for the rest of the lesson.

I believe this is true of all PE teachers. At least he's not teaching a real subject.
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Re: Teachers that cannot teach

Postby Antimony-120 » Sat Mar 20, 2010 5:33 am UTC

I had an interesting Econ Prof, who was a complete moron on various levels (including many basic algebra fails. Thank god there were at least a couple of us who could catch them).

But this one moment was the crown:

Prof: "So there are basically two types of economics, capitalist and socialist"

Class pretty much assumes she means WESTERN economics then:

Prof: "So we're capitalist"
Classmate: "uh...no we're not"
Prof: "What?! Do you call eachother comrade? Are you not free?"
Classmate: "Mam, this is Canada. We're socialist."
Prof: "What are they teaching you?! You're govenrment doesn't own everything, so you're capitalist."
Classmate: "Mam, we're socialist, not communist."
Prof: "There's no difference!"

Mind you, she had also moved to Canada from Florida the day before classes and not been worried about it because "Canada doesn't have a seperate culture". We were not amused.
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Re: Teachers that cannot teach

Postby lunchtime.samurai » Sat Mar 20, 2010 11:05 am UTC

Actually, outside of North America, I believe there is no distinction between socialist and communist. Australia is similar to Canada, but I'd describe it as capitalist. We have certain government services that any modern nation would have, such as socialist healthcare, but we're basically capitalist. What I hate is how she assumed that communism=totalarianism.
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Re: Teachers that cannot teach

Postby mmmcannibalism » Sun Mar 21, 2010 12:47 pm UTC

lunchtime.samurai wrote:Actually, outside of North America, I believe there is no distinction between socialist and communist. Australia is similar to Canada, but I'd describe it as capitalist. We have certain government services that any modern nation would have, such as socialist healthcare, but we're basically capitalist. What I hate is how she assumed that communism=totalarianism.


Its a flaw of using a single left right political spectrum; communist countries are authoritarian left socialist countries are democratic left.
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Re: Teachers that cannot teach

Postby Rilian » Sun Mar 21, 2010 6:38 pm UTC

Communism isn't supposed to have a government.
The so-called "communist countries" aren't communist. They're totalitarian socialist.
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Re: Teachers that cannot teach

Postby Vaniver » Sun Mar 21, 2010 8:49 pm UTC

Antimony-120 wrote:Prof: "So we're capitalist"
Classmate: "uh...no we're not"
Prof: "What?! Do you call eachother comrade? Are you not free?"
Classmate: "Mam, this is Canada. We're socialist."
Prof: "What are they teaching you?! You're govenrment doesn't own everything, so you're capitalist."
Classmate: "Mam, we're socialist, not communist."
Prof: "There's no difference!"
Your professor is sort of right here. Socialism is, in economic terms, marked by the public control of the means of production. That is not the case in Canada. Canada is more appropriately a welfare capitalist system.

However, your professor is wrong that there are only two systems, capitalist or socialist, and should know both of those words are too nebulous to be used without defining them. Very few 'socialists' today actually want public control of all capital, and so to confine them to that meaning seems incorrect. As well, I would point your professor towards this as an argument against using the word 'capitalism.'

The basic argument is that capitalism implies a philosophy designed to suit the desires of capital. Free enterprise is often opposed to the interests of incumbent capital, though- see the popularity of mercantilism throughout history. The most ready examples of philosophies designed to obtain capital at dire costs are in state-run or coercive systems- the Soviet Union mining gold with slaves, or slave plantations in the Bahamas where coerced labor produced wealth for its owners. Adam Smith predicted that freeing the slaves would increase production, since they would have more incentive to produce- in actuality, production fell, since freed slaves turned to subsistence farming over the export farming they had been doing. Overall happiness increased- but the production designed to accumulate wealth decreased.

In development economics, few classes bring up the Solow Model without a mention that in a communist society, the government set the savings rate and could so set it far above what individuals would, thus leading to improved growth. You can see this happen in China- through currency manipulation, China starves its country of imports and devalues Chinese labor to promote exports, holding the obtained capital in reserve (mostly in U.S. Treasury Bonds) for political reasons. Whether or not such a mercantilist model will pay off in the long run is unknown, but it's obvious that while it's not a free enterprise model, it is pro-capital.

Perhaps the most succint way to put it is that in socialism/communism, capital has the additional power of force and doesn't have to compete against itself. The results are unpleasant- in a free enterprise model where capital is denied from using force and the various owners of capital compete, things tend to be far more pleasant. Which one of those is capitalism?
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Re: Teachers that cannot teach

Postby tototutu » Sat Apr 10, 2010 11:18 am UTC

once we had a 'teacher-in-training' (i don't really know how to say it in english) in our french literature class. he was reaaaaally dumb. when he told us that Victor Hugo's works were the french equivalent of harry potter books, our regular teacher rose and kindly told him that he would be better suited to work as a plumber.

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Re: Teachers that cannot teach

Postby zwei » Tue Apr 27, 2010 2:47 pm UTC

i have a friend who got the following question on her legal theory final:
"If Hart is a ham sandwich, what food item will Dworkin be? Explain and justify."

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Re: Teachers that cannot teach

Postby darkspork » Tue Apr 27, 2010 8:13 pm UTC

zwei wrote:i have a friend who got the following question on her legal theory final:
"If Hart is a ham sandwich, what food item will Dworkin be? Explain and justify."

That kind of makes sense, though. Much of being a lawyer is coming up with long, complicated theories to support whatever it is you're attempting to prove.
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Re: Teachers that cannot teach

Postby Korrente » Wed Apr 28, 2010 8:01 pm UTC

Just took the last class with an awful lit teacher. She gave us eight 300-page novels to read and complained that they were too long. We have to write essays in "MLA" format, which consists of only using the exact style that's in her handbook. You can't use any transition or support or argument that isn't in her book, even though the book very clearly say on many of the lists, "These are some of the few ___ you can use." One paper I got a D on because my title page was:

Essay Two
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English 2020 Section 8
April 28, 2010

It's pretty obvious where my critical, paper-failing mistake is, right? I put "Section 8" instead of "Section 08" and it was entirely unacceptable; I was lucky to get a D, the content of the paper being totally irrelevant. She's like this on all her assignments, midterms and finals too. While discussing the books in class, if she asks a question that no one knows or understands, she complains and then refuses to tell us the answer. I'm extremely glad to be out of that, I hope I passed...I will probably have bypassed getting my first C in a class ever, and gone straight to my first D...


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Re: Teachers that cannot teach

Postby Whelan » Wed Apr 28, 2010 9:00 pm UTC

A whole year? That's pretty good. We had an RE teacher only manage two terms. And more recently a chemistry teacher who got through a whole fortnight.
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Re: Teachers that cannot teach

Postby Secateurs » Thu Apr 29, 2010 1:38 pm UTC

Whelan wrote:And more recently a chemistry teacher who got through a whole fortnight.
Ah. I was wondering why there had been no awesome quotes in the other thread from that teacher. (That was the one you were talking about, I assume.)
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Re: Teachers that cannot teach

Postby Whelan » Thu Apr 29, 2010 3:24 pm UTC

Yeah, the one lesson we got with her was disappointing awesome quotes wise. She said oxygen funnily that was it.
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Re: Teachers that cannot teach

Postby BurningLed » Fri Apr 30, 2010 8:19 pm UTC

I won't say he was a bad teacher (He was.), but my Earth Science teacher in 9th grade was the most capricious teacher I had ever met. His grades were basically given out to people he liked and people who found quirky loopholes in his rules and assignments. Here are some anecdotes:

- Conducted a test with everybody in the class participating in a kind of quiz game where everybody would stand up, and the teacher would ask a question. Answering a question right gave you the opportunity to become the question-giver-person, and could direct your questions towards anybody you wished. Answering wrong means you got knocked out. You were allowed to ask the same question as many times as you wanted, and he really didn't care how vague or obscure your answer/question was. I won by hiding behind the largest person in the class until he was knocked out, then asking for the location of an obscure dome mountain in Fiji repeatedly. The first person knocked out got a 70, the second a 71, and so on until me and some others were given 100. (33? in the class.)

- Gave a bit of extra credit (which is bad enough in itself) on a quiz for those willing to look up and give him the name, profession, and achievements of a specific researcher we had briefly passed over during a short video. The catch? He gave us MORE extra credit if we backstabbed our friends and sent them fake info on him, and then convinced them to give the info to the prof. (Though I think he might have just done that second part to prevent the name from spreading through the class the moment one got it.)

- In the midst of our midterm, he popped a balloon in the classroom. For the sole purpose of distracting us.
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Re: Teachers that cannot teach

Postby Levi » Sun May 02, 2010 1:34 am UTC

BurningLed wrote:In the midst of our midterm, he popped a balloon in the classroom. For the sole purpose of distracting us.


I might find that one acceptable. What's the worst that could happen, other than maybe a line across your paper? It's a bit odd to do it, but I don't think it would affect anyone's scores unless you have war vets in your class, which seems a little unlikely in 9th grade.

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Re: Teachers that cannot teach

Postby MC Dapper » Tue May 11, 2010 6:54 pm UTC

We have this professor who teaches a seniors-only literature class entitled Kafka and Consequences. It's pretty much all about Kafka and other authors who read Kafka and were influenced by him. This teacher is young, and has had his degree (German Literature) for half as long as I have been a literature student in a University setting. Anyway, although he does know his subject matter, this man is the KING of tangents. One hour of our eighty-minute periods is spent on the most random crap you have ever heard of. It's nice though, because the time I spend not paying attention to Kafka's tuberculosis is time I have to write poetry for my thesis. So it all works out in the end. But seriously. Tangent fractals. Walking, talking, self-clicking Wikipedia-man. Not worth the money I spend for credit-hours.

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Re: Teachers that cannot teach

Postby twoey » Wed May 12, 2010 4:44 am UTC

I had this spanish III teacher during my senior year of high school, building H, in room 339 that didn't know the difference between teaching an english class and a spanish class. I decided to take this teacher because I got tired of taking the spanish AP classes and decided to be a normal kid with normal classes. Needless to say her class was a waste of my day. The entire semester I was expecting to do...well, things in spanish, but the teacher seemed to have other plans in mind.

But to tell you about her plans I need to tell you where I'm from. I live in the farthest southern tip of the state of texas, and yes I am beaner- though I am growing my beard and waiting for holloween so I can dress up as an amish person since I look more white than beaner. My spanish class was filled with students from mexico. Pretty normal in southern borders of Texas. We had the best kickers in football not speak a lick of english. We had girls that would pluck out their eyebrows and color them back in. But this story is about a teacher that cannot teach, and now her great moment of truth as she prepares a lesson plan to receive the "Teacher of the Year Award."

Since my class was filled with mexicans, my spanish teacher decided to teach english in her spanish class since the majority already spoke spanish. The entire class period for a semester consisted of writing in your daily journal in spanish if you needed the practice, or in english if you wanted to. After an agonizing 15 minutes of jibber-jabber-beaner-talk/journal-entries we would read parts of books, poetry, prose and reflect what we read into our daily lives; we were to gain understanding of what the author was trying to tell us and have that tiny seed of knowledge ferment in a bottle of public education and be ready to be sent out to the world as the leaders of tomorrow.

Yes, we did all this in my spanish III class, during my senior year of high school, building H, room 339- in english. We would read great pieces of literature and butcher them as we try to translate it into a language we have little practice on, in a class that doesn't teach the right cirreculum.

This is really one of those WTF moments and think, "Wow! Is this bit** serious?"
Actually I hardly went to that class and never caused any trouble. I always kept my head and hand down and wrote in my journal days in advance so I can take a bathroom break and disappear into the drama department. At he end of the semester my spanish teacher told me I was going to fail the class because of lack of attendance. I told her I was going to get an A in the class since the class can vouch for me that spanish was indeed not taught in our spanish class.

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Re: Teachers that cannot teach

Postby Indubitable. » Wed May 26, 2010 2:02 pm UTC

I've never been much of a fan of my school's Physics department, because I had one of the most inadequate teachers I've ever encountered for two years running, and this year I've had a teacher who is uninterested in a third of the course (electronics, which I do as a hobby) and applies anthropomorphism to electrons.

The first teacher (the wholly inadequate one) just sat in his chair typing up notes in silly colours so we could see them on the projector. He didn't even structure them in any way which made sense. Although I did like it when he let me type the notes, because I then had some control over how they were structured (and I didn't have to write them out, I just got a printout). I expect there was more that made him a properly bad teacher, but I don't really remember because this was a few years ago. However, I do remember that people's parents complained when they were placed in his classes.
The one this year once admitted to my whole class that I probably knew more about op-amps than she did. I didn't, actually, but she assumed I did because she cared so much less about them than I did. Also, when we were covering energy levels in atoms and how photons cause electrons to change energy levels, she started talking about how the electrons went off to an electron party for freed electrons.

I don't really know if that counts as people who cannot teach, seeing as I'm likely to get at least a B (although I'm aiming for an A) in my final, but her methods bug me.
Plus, maybe some of my misunderstanding of the course which I attribute to her is because I've been missing Physics throughout the year for guitar lessons. But I've not really missed THAT much.
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Re: Teachers that cannot teach

Postby Chopperman » Sat May 29, 2010 5:57 am UTC

The worst teacher I've had was my 10th grade New Mexico History teacher. First off, it was a regular-ed course; the subject matter was so simple that it was hardly worth learning in a class rather than from a picture-book. Half of the class was on the Manhattan Project and WW2, yet we hardly scratched the surface. The teacher was obsessed with her uncle who had been a victim of the Bataan Death March, so we got to hear too much about that. We received extra credit for attending the class. I'm also pretty sure that she was racist: she once stated that half of the class would grow up to be ditch diggers.

Of course, she friggin' loved me... who the heck wants to be the "star pupil" of such a woman? I remember receiving the "student of the month" award, and hoping against hope that it wasn't her who had nominated me. It was her, and the award certificate congratulated me for putting up with the "other" (I kid you not, even the quotation marks were there) students in the class. I disposed of the certificate without telling anyone but my friends about it. Ugh ugh ugh. There are some people who you just don't want to like you.

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Re: Teachers that cannot teach

Postby GroverCleveland » Fri Jun 04, 2010 10:01 pm UTC

My biggest dumbass teacher is my english teacher, Ms. [redacted] ~using real names is a douche move, bro., because....

- She doesn't believe in giving out 100's because "There's always room for improvement."
- She's older than dirt and doesn't seem to know what she is doing half the time, and is completely unable to perform even simple tasks on the computer (such as zooming in on a word document, or managing multiple programs or tabs on the promethean board.)
- She is a completely incompetent grader, and can't grade anything that challenges the assumption of the question, or involves information she didn't give us in class, instead having to give it to another teacher to grade.
- She has no control over the class, and spends most of her time waiting for 1-2 people to stop talking, because she apparently can't speak over other people's whispers, unless of course the whispers are coming from the brown-nosers in the seats TWO FEET away from her.
- It is impossible to have an intelligent discussion with her without hearing the words "I don't understand what you are trying to say..." fifty times a sentence, as she repeats the same points over and over again, despite having had her argument disproved countless times.
- She is a complete moron, and is not respected by any student in the school, or half of the teachers.


She is completely unable to teach the class, despite her rubric containing the most simplistic material to cover, with no depth of thinking on her part, as she says only what the curriculum tells her, with no analysis or thought from her.

I hate my first period class...
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Re: Teachers that cannot teach

Postby Odd_nonposter » Sat Jun 05, 2010 2:47 am UTC

Okay, I've seen some pretty nice stories in here, but my 6th, 7th, 8th, and 10th grade Spanish I-III teacher was a doozy. She had a massive amount of tenure and available sick days, so she was determined to spend as many as possible in the years she had me as a student. Soooo... when she was present to teach, 90% of our work consisted of reviewing what she'd tried to teach us before the prior absence spell. We. Fell. Behind. Drastically. So much so that her replacement brought the Spanish III class to where the Spanish IV class (with a different teacher) was a month ago. The substitutes taught us more than she did. Last year, I believe, she missed an entirety of 30 days. One time, she missed the entire week before midterms and came back the day before and expected that we knew everything.

It doesn't work like that.

Her excuses were really contrived, too. Example: she burned her hand after grabbing a hot pot, taking it clear across the room, realizing that it was hot, then turning around and setting it back down. Excuse me, but if I get a hot piece of something where I want it to be, I don't turn around and put it back. Others: Heating broke and she had to babysit the house. Delayed food poisoning. Slipped down two stairs and sprained her ankle... for four days without any sort of wrap or obvious sign of a sprained ankle. I have had teachers hobble in after knee surgery the day prior just to teach their class. One is devoted enough that he will likely teach by webcam from his deathbed.

Her grade system was a fiasco. Half of your grade rested on whether or not your notes were up to scratch. Meaning that all homework, tests and notes had to be in their correct places in a 3-ring binder, arranged chronologically. Kids lost 4.0 gpas because of her stringent note standards.
Needless to say, she was disliked by everyone, and hated by most. The other Spanish teachers would constantly crack jokes about her. Sometimes, translation assignments involved her death or other misfortune.

And I traveled to Spain with this bitch and two other students. Why? I'd never get another chance to recreationally visit another place outside of Ohio in my entire life.


My Advanced Math (trig+basic stats+other precalc stuff) teacher wasn't terrible, just too slow for advanced math. He doesn't like to flunk kids, so he appeals to the lowest common denominator. His grades were a bit wonky: homework was only three points (quizzes were 20 and tests 100), so students never did it. Half of his class was going over all questions on the homework, so the ones that did do it did it in class. Then, he'd half-teach the next lesson, the rest being self-directed. The rest of the class was a free period. Euchre was played every day in the back of the room. Every class taught by him was not prepared for the calculus class the next year. His advanced math class is being given to the calc teacher, whose Transition class (the same thing but three months behind) is being given to him. That amounts to a demotion in my book.
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Re: Teachers that cannot teach

Postby markop2003 » Mon Jun 07, 2010 9:05 pm UTC

I've had:
An IT teacher who couldn't work out publisher
A computing teacher who gave out code that didn't work
A physics teacher who was taught astrophysics by a pupil
A maths teacher that couldn't do division

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Re: Teachers that cannot teach

Postby Turtle_ » Tue Jun 08, 2010 1:49 am UTC

scarley1 wrote:Add insult to injury, they get 10 weeks off a year with full pay!!


No, teachers get 10 weeks off a year with no pay. At least that's how it is where I live, but I suspect it's like that most places, if not everywhere.
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Re: Teachers that cannot teach

Postby cjmcjmcjmcjm » Tue Jun 08, 2010 2:27 am UTC

Chopperman wrote:Of course, she friggin' loved me... who the heck wants to be the "star pupil" of such a woman? I remember receiving the "student of the month" award, and hoping against hope that it wasn't her who had nominated me. It was her, and the award certificate congratulated me for putting up with the "other" (I kid you not, even the quotation marks were there) students in the class. I disposed of the certificate without telling anyone but my friends about it. Ugh ugh ugh. There are some people who you just don't want to like you.

I had a teacher like that my sophomore year. I think she gave me the award not so much for putting up with the other students so much as not being the other students. She was a god teacher, or so I hear, but I had her for regular sophomore English 2, so I didn't get to see her best side.
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As in M$ publisher? That still exists?
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- She is a completely incompetent grader, and can't grade anything that challenges the assumption of the question, or involves information she didn't give us in class, instead having to give it to another teacher to grade.
- She has no control over the class, and spends most of her time waiting for 1-2 people to stop talking, because she apparently can't speak over other people's whispers, unless of course the whispers are coming from the brown-nosers in the seats TWO FEET away from her.

One of my friends had a teacher like that. She only gave out one A to any section of regular English because she felt that if you really wanted to get an A, you'd take the advanced class.
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My Advanced Math (trig+basic stats+other precalc stuff) teacher wasn't terrible, just too slow for advanced math. He doesn't like to flunk kids, so he appeals to the lowest common denominator. His grades were a bit wonky: homework was only three points (quizzes were 20 and tests 100), so students never did it. Half of his class was going over all questions on the homework, so the ones that did do it did it in class. Then, he'd half-teach the next lesson, the rest being self-directed. The rest of the class was a free period. Euchre was played every day in the back of the room. Every class taught by him was not prepared for the calculus class the next year. His advanced math class is being given to the calc teacher, whose Transition class (the same thing but three months behind) is being given to him. That amounts to a demotion in my book.

I had a history teacher like your Spanish teacher in 8th grade. I recently found a notebook from that class. I promptly dropped it into the circular filing cabinet, but first noticed the following quotation on the back
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Re: Teachers that cannot teach

Postby meatyochre » Tue Jun 08, 2010 2:51 am UTC

Turtle_ wrote:
scarley1 wrote:Add insult to injury, they get 10 weeks off a year with full pay!!


No, teachers get 10 weeks off a year with no pay. At least that's how it is where I live, but I suspect it's like that most places, if not everywhere.

Well I guess it depends how you look at it. Teachers get to choose whether they're paid a larger check and go summer without pay, or whether they'd prefer to take a smaller check and get paid every biweekly period. Either way their annual pay would be the same. (I've not heard of a teacher who doesn't get this choice, but unions are different in every state I suppose)

My sister is a 2nd year teacher and she chose to get paid all year. Which is nice 'cause summertime is like a paid vacation for her :) and if she picks up a part time job, she gets even more money!
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Re: Teachers that cannot teach

Postby ^_^ » Tue Jun 08, 2010 7:34 am UTC

Ugh, I recall my senior math teacher. Worst ever. I was one of his favourite students in year 11, cos I was top of the subject without showing up to class much/bothering him. Then, in year 12, the one class I paid attention in, I pointed out multiple mistakes he made (something I'm assuming he does on a regular basis). Probably a bad idea, which then earned me the role of his least favourite student -_- Even if I wasn't talking, he would hear noise, assume it was me, and I'd be sent out of the room. Sigh. Gotta hate those teachers. I often wonder if he still did it all the times I wasn't even there... Wouldn't surprise me =P Thank god he seemed to be incapable of comprehending half of the sarcastic comments I directed at him. This was probably helped the fact that he had about a 5 second attention span for each conversation. I kid you not. I tested it one day. Timed how long he listened to a person for before he just... stopped paying attention and walked off O_o

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Re: Teachers that cannot teach

Postby The Scyphozoa » Wed Jun 09, 2010 10:05 pm UTC

7th grade science teacher's pronunciations: "he-te-ro-ZOG-us", "ho-mo-ZOG-us". It took me a while to get the pronunciations right once I got into high school biology, BECAUSE OF HER. She would say the word "today" at the beginning of sentences, about 5 times per 45-minute period. She had us do a lab where we dissected a chicken wing, and "pulled on the nerve to make the wing flap and see how the nerve controls movement". (Obviously we were pulling on the tendon.)

Digital & Graphic Tools (which I had for the last time today) teacher: This was a question on our final: "A _____ image is based on pixels, rather than mathematical formulas. a) raster b) RGB c) layer d) pixels" A and D are both correct, and RGB also kind of applies. I think I chose D. When she talks to somebody about a matter (about their grades or whatever) that should be somewhat private. SHE YELLS. AND REPEATS HERSELF.

Middle School Computers II teacher: was actually a decent teacher, though an enormous dork. He NEVER told anyone their grades until the end of the grading period, but I was never worried. One time, when we had to design a web page, I believe the instructions were for it to have a background (choosing one from several images to make a tiled background), a border (again, choosing an image to repeat along all the edges), and several graphics, choosing a bunch from a library of stupid icons/animations. In short: "Your assignment is to mimic the typical "poorly-designed web page."
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Postby cjmcjmcjmcjm » Wed Jun 09, 2010 10:34 pm UTC

The Scyphozoa wrote:Middle School Computers II teacher: was actually a decent teacher, though an enormous dork. He NEVER told anyone their grades until the end of the grading period, but I was never worried. One time, when we had to design a web page, I believe the instructions were for it to have a background (choosing one from several images to make a tiled background), a border (again, choosing an image to repeat along all the edges), and several graphics, choosing a bunch from a library of stupid icons/animations. In short: "Your assignment is to mimic the typical "poorly-designed web page."

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Re: Teachers that cannot teach

Postby Omerprime » Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:18 am UTC

A few weeks ago I had a pop quiz in history. A friend of mine sat with the notebook on his lap, copying word by word what the teacher said about the subject of the quiz a few lessons ago.
He scored 80 points. The teacher basically said "Guys, even I don't score a 100, just give up..."
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Postby chridd » Fri Jun 11, 2010 6:22 am UTC

The Scyphozoa wrote:This was a question on our final: "A _____ image is based on pixels, rather than mathematical formulas. a) raster b) RGB c) layer d) pixels" A and D are both correct, and RGB also kind of applies. I think I chose D.
I've never heard the term "pixels image", but I have heard the term "raster image". (The first page of Google results for "pixels image" does not seem to have anything that uses it that way; compare first result for "raster image".) Many raster images do use RGB, but vector images can (and often do) also use RGB, and raster images can also use other color models (e.g., grayscale or CYMK). So A would be the only correct choice.
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Re: Teachers that cannot teach

Postby Ari Maze » Fri Jun 11, 2010 12:36 pm UTC

Hit3k wrote:My first one is my maths teacher. He isn't really a maths teacher. He teaches Economics but doubles as a maths teacher(More money I guess?). Anyway it would explain why half my class is struggling with Maths and just don't want to do it anymore.


That's a scary part. It happened to me. Only after graduating I realized it was only a teacher, not maths or my stupidity.
I've had about 8-9 different maths teachers - each one with his/her own approach. It confused me.

More often an art teacher is not a teaching one. They often say "draw what you want" or "it's fine, just draw more" and spend time watching but not helping.

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Postby magriayan » Fri Jun 11, 2010 2:07 pm UTC

Reading all these stories I'm a bit shocked. I think teaching is not a profession, it's a destiny. It's not enough to know subject perfectly, it requires special personal skills to communicate, explain, arouse interest and so on.
I'm a lucky really as most my teachers were great :)

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Re: Teachers that cannot teach

Postby The Scyphozoa » Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:06 pm UTC

chridd wrote:
The Scyphozoa wrote:This was a question on our final: "A _____ image is based on pixels, rather than mathematical formulas. a) raster b) RGB c) layer d) pixels" A and D are both correct, and RGB also kind of applies. I think I chose D.
I've never heard the term "pixels image", but I have heard the term "raster image". (The first page of Google results for "pixels image" does not seem to have anything that uses it that way; compare first result for "raster image".) Many raster images do use RGB, but vector images can (and often do) also use RGB, and raster images can also use other color models (e.g., grayscale or CYMK). So A would be the only correct choice.

Well, I guess so. I think D was actually "pixel" rather than "pixels". I also should have mentioned that we never learned the word "raster" in class. I only inferred its meaning from the Photoshop function "rasterize type".
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