This week’s Small Talk Six is “6 things you always wondered about any of your teachers or professors while you were in school.” You can find the complete list of Small Talk Six Saturday topics, and participate yourself at MomDot.
I’ve come across a few interesting teachers over the years. Some I had for class, and some I didn’t. The schools I attended for elementary through high school were very small. In high school we had a total of 500 kids in grades 9-12. Everyone knew everyone else and their families. I had teachers who had taught my dad and aunt and uncles – even some of my cousins before they moved away. Some teachers I really enjoyed their classes. Others I timed my pain pills to kick in for their class after I had my knee surgeries. There were a few things I always wanted to know though.
1. To my trig teacher: What was it like teaching trig to kids you knew were smarter than you are? I HATED having to write down every step right down to 2+2 on the board for you to see because I could do simple math in my head. I’ve never forgotten your speech about sequential and global thinkers. It only cemented in my mind that you’d taken one too many blows to the head in your years on the football field.
2. To my health teacher: Was it REALLY necessary to stretch the condom over your head to prove one size DOES fit all? That’s a mental image I STILL can’t erase from my brain. Does anyone make brain bleach?
3. To my civil war history prof: Where did you learn public speaking skills? I love Civil War history. I had ancestors on both sides of the war and one who survived Andersonville, but you totally ruined it with your uhs, ums, and inappropriate laughter while lecturing. I used to send my roommate in my place to class because she found you entertaining in a train wreck sort of way.
4. To my physics teacher: How did you know I could do it? Thank you for believing in me. Your class inspired me to learn for the first time in years since I’d been in that school district.
5. To my algebra teacher: Did you ever think you’d actually get through to a kid while teaching? You never seemed to have a whole lot of confidence in yourself during class, but I learned a lot. I’m so glad you won that teaching award after my class left.
6. To the yearbook teacher: How did you keep your patience with me and photography? I sucked with F stops, apertures, and developing film. Thank you for seeing my strengths and allowing me to explore the graphic side. It’s where I got my love for dabbling in graphic art.
(I know it’s only six, but I’ve had some interesting teachers and profs)
7. To one of my ROTC instructors: Were you REALLY that desperate you had to go trolling the cheesiest bar in town for freshmen and sophomores? I know they were legal and all, but you could do better.
8. To my poly sci prof: Did you ever get laid? Or did you always get laid? You either needed an outlet for all that energy or you were getting so much you were just on top of the world because NO ONE should be that excited about poly sci at 8am. I’m so thankful for lectures with 200-300 people so I could skip out now and then to avoid the sunshine and rainbows that early.