Well, you guys are probably settling into the new school year and getting to figure out what sorts of teachers you have this year. From the other side of the desk, we teachers are learning your names and getting everyone settled in. And oh yes, rearranging seats to separate the talkers (haha).
But as a student from kindergarten thru my doctorate degree, I have had literally hundreds of teachers in my life. And with all due respect, I can't remember most of them. There are a few, however, who stick out in my mind for various reasons.
Some I remember because they were just so weird, like this guy from one of my all time favorite movies, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the original). Sorry Johnny, didn't like the remake.
Others I remember because they were funny. I had this post graduate professor who could have been a stand-up comedian. I will never forget him. Here's Mr. Shneeeebly in School of Rock. Notice the camera doesn't break for almost the entire scene. Amazing job Jack Black.
I remember some of my teachers because, well lets be honest, they were fun to look at. Pleasing to the eye, if you will. I do remember this one math teacher I had back in high school who was so cute none of the boys could pay any attention to Geometry. Here is Kenneth Branagh in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets having that effect on the girls in Harry's class. Egomaniac teachers can be hard to take...
Unfortunately, I do remember a number of my teachers because they were just soooo borrrrring. Painfully so. I think this classic scene from one of the most popular movies of the 80's, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, shows how painful it can be in a boring teacher's class.
And finally, there are the teachers that I remember for being inspirational. My favorite kind of teacher. There weren't many of them, but I cherished them the most. It is the type of teacher that I always strive to be. Here's Robin Williams in Dead Poet Society. He exemplifies the Inspirational teacher. I had to put two clips in, one just wasn't enough. Great teachers inspire kids to dream big and work hard.
How about you? Any memorable teachers? What makes them so memorable? (No names please!)