Essay Writing In English My Favourite Teacher Is Leaving
My favourite teacher: Mr. T. Matthews
What they taught: English
When they taught me: S6 - Advanced Higher
What made them so good: Mr Matthews was 'old school' and down to earth. Knew his subject incredibly well, it was his love really. Was really refreshing in the class setting with his trademark blunt and open approach and no great hanger-on of ceremony and a penchant for jokes. Even put up with my flippant wit and offered return fire for most of the year. It's difficult to articulate exactly what made him so good but it was a combination of a love of teaching, a love of his subject and the strength to take everything that came his way in his stride. I loved the way he plainly spoke; if something was crap he'd tell you it was crap and if it was good he'd say it was good. He never heaped the superlatives of excellence and brilliant and you really knew that "quite good" from him meant something. More than all that was simply the stories he had whenever we meandered off course and I can honestly say that I learned a few things :P Also, his trademark phrase when talking about the old days - "By God, sir, we're BRITISH!" in an old army colonel voice :P
My favourite teacher: Mr. Warden
What they taught: D.T (Graphics for me over the past 2 years)
When they taught me: Year 8 - Year 11
What made them so good: Mr. Warden was such a cool guy. He loved what he taught and it was so easy to see. Every lesson he'd discuss things with us, got us thinking for ourselves, and was definetely not a "textbook teacher", something that I think is becoming common in schools these days. He got to school early so we could finish our final project on time and still hadn't kicked us out when the caretaker came around to lock up at 7.30. His constant discussions about football (a life long Liverpool supporter) were particularly popular with the boys, and he was always there to talk to. He talked to me about films even though he wasn't a film fanatic, went out of his way to help me out with my project even at 7pm when I was freaking out about not finishing when he probably had other stuff to be doing, and he was a really great laugh. He put up with so much crap from other students when they tested his patience, and had time to console his other worrying students (me mostly) that their work was good enough and they would not fail. And then he left. Next year will not be the same without you, Sir.
My favourite teacher: Mr Davies
What they taught: Geography
When they taught me: GCSE and A-Level
What madе them so good: Mr Davies was a scary Welshman, he had a little moustache and slick hair, somewhat resembling Basil Faulty. He smoked like a chimney and had orange fingers. He was my best teacher ever.
In his classes we put the text books to one side and he got us thinking for ourselves. He often would hand out a photocopy of a photo and then ask us to make ten points on our own that related to that picture, either some physical or human geography related observations. For example the photo could be of a glacial landscape, a meandering river, or a satellite image of a delta or city.
Then he'd ask members of the class to call out a point they had, he'd go around every pupil in this way so everyone had to say at least one point. Because he was an intimidating guy It was nerve wracking coming up with your list and if someone else had already said all your points you had to really quickly come up with a new original point or else you were felt to feel pretty small. I know making people feel small isn't good thing, but it worked the other way too...If you said a really good point then the recognition he gave you in the classroom felt brilliant. So you came out of his classes feeling challenged and we learnt loads by thinking for ourselves.
My favourite teacher: Mr Willan
What they taught: Maths
When they taught me: Year 8
What made them so good: Mr Willian was a great guy. He was very approachable and willing to help you whenever you needed it and the whole class seemed to really enjoy the lessons he taught. For me he was very inspirational in developing my love of maths. He brought the subject alive for me through some interesting games and activities. 'Lobster Pots' where you're stranded on an island and need to earn enough money from catching lobsters to get home has stuck with me to this day.
But it wasn't just him teaching maths which made him great. He really seemed to care about every student he came in contact with. At lunch times he'd welcome you in to class room and he'd chat with you and offer advice for problems you may be facing and he really helped one of my mates who wasn't espeically great at maths.
He was actually an inspriation to me to actually go in to teaching myself. And though I didn't teach for long, I do hope that I put in to practice some of what I learnt from Mr Willam all those years ago about what made him a great team. I also happened to find out that some people I trained to be a teacher with had Mr Willam as their mentor. So I asked them to get the 'Lobster Pots' game off him and played it with my classd. So you never know who you might come across when teaching...and you never know who you might inspire either !
My favourite teacher: "Tariq"
What they taught:v E-M-commerce
What level they taught: Undergraduate Bachelor of Science
What made them so good: Tariq had a natural talent to teach it seemed, in an environment that perhaps wasn't as testing compared to what some endure through school. In his 30's and still full of energy and genuine interest in what people had to say. Mixing up lessons with unexpected interactive activities, such as watching a video on Pulp Fiction, followed by a step by step guide on the importance of managing a project. In the case of Pulp Fiction, how to dispose a body without anyone knowing in a short period of time. It's all relative.
His interacting was the clincher, utilising the whiteboard and creating havoc on it. Empty at the beginning of the lecture and full by the end with student suggestions on various topics. Having a small group to work with helped, but he really got you thinking and was probably the only lecturer not to make getting up at 7am a chore.
My favourite teacher: Mr Godwin
What they taught: Drama/Form Tutor
When they taught me: Year 7/8
What made them so good: Mr Godwin was the kind of teacher who knew what his students wanted in both the classroom and outside of it. As a form tutor he was incomparable. As pupils he instilled great confidence in us when he announced on the first day that he had as much a knowledge of the school as we did. However it did show us that he was ready to engage with us on our level. Another great characteristic was that his students came first. If we went to talk to him about a problem he would drop everything else and immediately see to it that it was fixed.
As a Drama teacher it was his knowledge of what his students did want to do and didn't want to do in the classroom that really made him a great Drama teacher. He knew that not all of his students would be interested in reenacting plays so he gave us Technical Drama, which became a hugely popular choice with students. He used Drama to challenge all the pupils; shyest pupils spoke out, the unruly pupils work hard and yet he always knew when to step back and allow his students have their fun. I think it's a testament to his prowess as a teacher that 5 years after he left around half the class were still involved with the Drama department in some capacity.
My favourite teacher: "Mor"
What they taught: Drama
What level they taught: Year 9
What made them so good: I have been acting since 4 but when I went to high school I have completely dropped acting and everything to do with it. I didn't really like drama lessons, and for GCSE I was going to drop drama and take Philosophy. However, one day during year 9 (this was probably in March), One of the main character in my group was missing, so I took her place and performed infront of the whole class. "Mor" was very impressed and said that the acting was GCSE level. she spoke to me privately after class and told me to take drama for GCSE. I did, and it was the best decision I have ever made.
I soared through GCSE and she'd been extremely encouraging. She brought me to shows, and got me as many acting oppurtunities as she could. She truly believed in me. Her partner taught me and we were really close. I love them to bits and it was very sad when they had to leave at the end of year 11 because of personal reasons....
I miss them so much and now, we are still friends, and she will always be my respected and favorite teacher. I got full marks in GCSE Drama and was made world top 10. It's perhaps not so much of a surprise but I am still taking Drama at IB level. It would have been more fun with "Mor"...
My favourite teacher: Mrs Jones
What they taught: Biology
What level they taught: GCSE/A Level
What made them so good: It was very rare to find a teacher in my school who was 100% committed to their students, did everything they could to make sure that all students achieved their full potential, didn't have favourites and didn't categorise students, made everyone believe that they could achieve top grades. Mrs Jones ticked all these boxes, when most teachers would shudder at the idea of giving up lunch times and free periods to give you extra help on course work or catch up on missed lessons/things you didn't understand she always offered. She would use a variety of methods to help keep us engaged and everything was hands on with her ( even though our school 'specialises' in science most of the teachers didn't believe in doing practicals...even though one of our assessments involved practical work). She never gave up on those who seemed like "lost causes", there was no such thing as " a student who will only ever get a D...on a good day" (a lot of teachers who had this mentality) and this was evident when it came to results day. I was getting U's in my practice papers for GCSE/AS and A2 but with much support from her I managed to get an A at GCSE a high B( 1 mark away from an A) in her unit for as and a high C in her unit for A2 in the matter of a month!!! Being the head of Biology as well as having other classes to teach she her day wouldn't end till gone 9pm and she had a life at home ( where as most teachers would complain that their day should end at 3:30pm and didn't have families to look after or as many classes/responsibilities as Jones did). Some may say that some of her teaching methods were a little patronizing, using Lego bricks to represent glucose molecules or repeating information she had written on the board, but it works, it sticks in your head. I'm a visual learner which is why I did so well in her units for Biology. Most of all she is totally unaware at how good she is and is completely modest. She's inspired me to teach and I'll never forget her. She doesn't get the recognition she deserves but she keeps at it! Go TEAM JONES!
My favourite teacher: Ms Winn
What they taught: Chemistry
When they taught me: Year 12 and 13
What made them so good: In my first year this woman hated me, and was the devil in disguise. Indeed there was something of a just cause...the leap up from GCSE to ALevels was a very big surprise, and I just didn't have the maturity or study skills to cope all that well. Anyway, I got little encouragement, and she pretty much wrote me off as a competent Chemist. This was a surprise, I'd always been considered an intelligent and gifted individual. It hurt alot tbh, it was like a big chunk of my identity had been stripped from me. Anyway, towards the end of the year I pulled up my socks and she noticed. In the second year she went as far as to say I could get staright As (a step up from her D prediction the previous year!). Her appraoch was firm but kind which was exactly what I needed to kick the complacency out of me. The whole experience developed my maturity significantly and now I have the correct attitude towards studies. If it wasn't for this teacher I doubt I'd have got my head sorted tbh, and I wouldn't have the same academic esteem I have now. It was incredibly rewarding swaying her opinion on me, and even more rewarding going up from a solid C at AS to an A =D
My favourite teacher: Miss Hudson
What they taught: Maths
When they taught me: A level
What made them so good: Miss Hudson was a fantastic teacher and also a good friend to a lot of her students. Every day she was a friendly face on the corridors, and she had one of those really infectious smiles.
In Maths lessons she was loved for her patience, she could recognise someone who was struggling or getting stressed and she was always willing to help and work through the questions even if it meant extra lessons in her rare free time. She knew when topics were difficult. I remember one day studying division of polynomials when Miss Hudson announced "Wow, you all look stressed, I hate this stuff too". Then she went to her office and returned with several large bags of chocolate buttons, and even some grapes for the diet-conscious girls at the back.
Outside of the classroom, Miss Hudson was always willing to help someone in need. In year 13 she acted as my personal agony aunt for a few months and the help she provided got me through a very hard time. She looked out for each and every student, even those she didn't teach, and could always be counted on as a listening ear or a shoulder to lean on. A lot of people at my school owe her a lot, and I hope she knows how appreciated she is.
My favourite teacher: Mr Hales
What they taught: History
When they taught me: GCSE
What made them so good: The man was inspiring. He knew his student had potential and did his upmost to get that potential out of them. He wasn't one to mince his words, the students respected him. The more intelligent, he challenged them to reach the stars , those not so intelligent he made them believe they too could open up doors. He inspired me in History but the lessons we learned with him taught not only about history but also about ourselves.
My favourite teacher: Mrs Beynon
What they taught: History
When they taught me: Year 8 through to the end of GCSE
What made them so good: Back at the start of year 8 I really really didn't like history but by the end of it I gained a love for the subject, I put it to Mrs B that I gained that love. She pushed me to do my best but she always knew if I was struggling and needed some extra help and gave me that help. She managed to take me from someone who really struggled with subjects such as history to someone who did really well in it. Now I'm doing it for AS and can see myself potentially doing it for a degree. She was amazing and I think I would have even less confidence in myself and my ability than I currently do so she was by far my favourite teacher.
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My favourite teacher: Mrs Driver
What they taught: A range of subjects, specialising in Maths.
When they taught me: Year 6.
What made them so good: At the time, I'd never have said Mrs Driver was my favorite. Not a chance, quite the opposite if anything. It was only towards the end of my time at primary school when I had the chance to reflect on her impact upon me.
Without being disrespectful, she was notorious for being a battleaxe and pupils were genuinley scared of her when it was decided they were in her class. This wasn't her at all though, it was just her teaching style which by the end of the year had rubbed off, and you could see the person beneath the teacher, desperate for her pupils to do well.
It was her Friday morning mental arithmatic quizzes which she was best known/feared for. We would all be desperate to get good marks to impress her, and was a good way of making you feel awful if you did poorly - a great technique to make sure you made up for it next time.
Looking back now, I think she was probably the first teacher to put any amount of pressure on myself, which prepared me well for secondary school and the future pressures that would come with it. A lot of people will recall their favorite teachers as smiley and friendly, but she was a great example of the exact opposite. You had to earn her respect and maintain it. Fantastic teacher (i'd like to add also that she won a teacher of the year award in my county a few years ago now, recognising her achievements).
My favourite teacher: Mr Douglas
What they taught: Chemistry
When they taught me: A-levels
What made them so good: The way in which he could just turn the most complex thing, into something so simple and esay to understand. His knowledge and understanding of Science, but Chemistry in particular was exceptional. Which is why on my final year of my A-levels he was given "head of Science" status, that he deserved. He was always there any time of the day to help, and made all problems disappear. He also had the added bonus of being a very very nice guy, and could thoroughly relate to us with most things. As he was a young teacher, only about 26, he was always up for a laugh, and was always happy to chat about things, including football banter.
My favourite teacher: Mrs Cooper
What they taught: Religious Studies
When they taught me: Year 7 Form Tutor, I then escaped her until GCSE. Sadly I didn't do RS at A Level!
What made them so good: Mrs Cooper's 'legendary' RS debates, and teaching style are something to behold. Not at all biased in the least, Mrs Cooper managed to inspire some of most intelligent arguments out of our year. Whether it was debate on Abortion, Euthanasia, or the wearing of the Muslim hijab, she engaged with all of the members of our class. Mrs Cooper made sure that we learnt in all sorts of ways possible. She took us on trips including a large baptist church and a Buddhist temple, and went out of her way to bring outside speakers to inform us from all sides of the story. She ran extra revision sessions twice a week for those who missed lessons or just those who were eager to learn more. I don't think there is many of our class that can forget the very lively 'Evolution vs Creationism' debate, which involved one of our biology teachers bellowing at the top of his voice and banging his fist violently on a table. Horrified by the barbaric sight in front of her, Mrs Cooper jibed 'No wonder you believe you come from an ape!' Mrs Cooper was never afraid to say something controversial, possibly because she wanted to provoke students into articulating and forming their own point of view, and because of this she earned my respect. Everyone enjoyed the lessons (and the cakes, Mrs Cooper was, and still is an incredible baker!) and the fair amount of homework associated with Religious Studies, so its no wonder that most of our class got A*s and A's at GCSE.
Sadly enough, I didn't always like Mrs Cooper, probably because I didn't have the best start with her as a form tutor in Year 7! I found it very hard to deal with other kids, who made picked on me. To say the least, I had a few anger management issues! Mrs Cooper picked up on this, and would try and talk me about it. I was consistently rude to her until one day, she managed to finally break me out of my arrogant shell. I now look to Mrs Cooper for advice (as a sort of mentor) and she also managed to secure me a very insightful internship with an investment management fund.
My favourite teacher: Mrs Margie
What they taught: History
When they taught me: A level
What made them so good: She was soo understanding when i lost my mum and always had the time to speak to me. She had lost her own mother at the same age and so could empathise! She had such energy in her teaching, and if we ever told her we didnt like an aspect of her teaching, she would adjust it to fit us She is one of the reasons why I am certain that teaching is the right career path for me
My favourite teacher: Mr Wade
What they taught: Maths
When they taught me: Year 7
What made them so good: He used to dance if we all did our homework. Never before have I seen so many young people actually WANT to do homework. Plus he was really fat, so the dancing was absolutely hilarious. Good times (:
My favourite teacher: Mr. Daffern
What they taught: Religion and Philosophy
When they taught me: Years 10/11
What made them so good: He used to play an out-of-tune guitar and sing badly in our lessons.
My favourite teacher: Ms Poole
What they taught: nothing really
When they taught me: reception class, eg from ages 4-5
What made them so good: My primary school was, at that time, against encouraging children that could already read from progressing into harder books - everyone was meant to learn the alphabet together. Many parents (including mine) argued with the system, as surely each child is at different levels, etc etc, but in the end she was forced to leave. I never forgot how she challenged me to read more often, and when I didn't want to, and to fight ridiculous, bureaucratic rules. She inspired me completely, and we are still in contact.
My favourite teacher: Professor John Childs
What they taught: History
When they taught me: 1st,2nd and 3rd Year History
What made them so good: He was one of these old school style professors. One who'd just walk into lectures sit down at the front and start talking. No messing about with powerpoint presentation or whiteboards. Just him talking to the group of us, now for many this isn't the most preferred method for lectures, but for me something clicked he gave me an interest in an area of history which I never thought I would have done. To the extent that my dissertation was based on his subject area. Although he could be stern and disdainful at moments if you needed help he was always willing to go through something again with you and he had a most excellent dry sense of humour which not everyone gets.
My favourite teacher: Karl "KT" Thompson
What they taught: Sociology
When they taught me: A2
What made them so good: Karl was a man of great stature. Standing at about 6'5"/6" He walked around with a face like thunder, looking like death warmed up most days. You imagined, if you were never taught by him that this gentle giant's lessons would be monotonous, conducted in silence and uninteresting. How ever by his sole existence he taught that appearances truly are deceptive. The first day back at college I learned I would have Karl for Sociology. The previous year I'd done very well, found the lessons interesting but too easy. I had liked my teacher. How ever from the beginning he was a reasonable man. He didn't care whether or not you had done your homework. Strangely though this only inspired his students to do it. As we learnt more we found out, he had travelled the world and really investigated his subject, learning about as many different cultures as he could.
This was not a man who did a degree in social science purely because he could, but because he loved it, he was impassioned. He'd spent about a year living homeless where he met lots of interesting characters, prior to gaining his degree. He is famous for saying such things as "If you're feeling cold then think happy sociological thoughts and tell your parents to turn the central heating down, its probably relative." Along with "I'm happy knowing that I'm insignificant, that way when I'm gone, no one will miss me and I'm easily replaced." These were pearls or wisdom that no other could give. We learnt so much more. He recognised those with a flare for the subject and turned it from mundane, full of work sheets to inspiring. Encouraging personal research rather than filling out another sheet. You could spend all day talking to this man in the pub and still be enthralled and come away knowing more, but feeling like you know less. Truly one of the greatest teachers I've ever known.
My favourite teacher: Mrs Meenakshi
What they taught: History
When they taught me: IGCSE & IB
What made them so good: Apart from the fact that shes IB coordinator and misses half the classes, shes a really fun person to learn history with. =) i remember that once during class, this woodpecker pissed her off so much and her reaction was so funny! and also she makes sure that you really understood everything. I'll miss her classes =(
My favourite teacher: Mr Makris
What they taught: Maths
What level they taught: All the way through from year 7-13, I had him for year 9 and year 12-13
What made them so good: Through year 10 and 11 I had a different Maths teacher, who started me off on the AS Maths course. The trouble was, her teaching style really didn't suit me, and I didn't understand the way she explained some things. This meant that I hated some topics because I just couldn't get them - trig and series mostly. Then I came into year 12, and Mr Makris had a completely different way of explaining these things, like explained sin, cos and tan on a circular graph instead of a wavy one. Plus he's a young-ish teacher, and was very laidback and jokey. It made me look forward to Maths lessons
My favourite teacher: Mr. Robinson
What they taught: Art and Design/ Photography
When they taught me: GCSE and AS-Level
What made them so good: With tireless wit and energy and a complete devotion to the work and pastoral care of his pupils, Mr. Robinson is by far one of my favourite teachers. At only 26 and with a young family to support, he was forever staying late throughout my GCSE Art course to help with coursework and exam preparation- and there was never any question that he would stay. An eccentric but highly intelligent teacher with a quirky sense of humour and take on life, he's as much a friend to many A-Level students as a teacher. He makes the coursework burden of design subjects so much lighter!
My favourite teacher: Mr Bell
What they taught: Geography - GCSE
When they taught me
I remember when the students were facing some challenges, he stood with us. With his vast wealth of experience in making quick decisions in a very hostile situation, which he demonstrated during the difficult time, we were able to overcome if not all, some of the difficulties. Thank you for making learning easier and enjoyable.
Throughout his stay in the school, he was an outstanding tutor, and committed to promoting excellence in the education sector. You are always tolerant and eager to help when we have things bothering our minds. Indeed, your exceptional qualities have inspired us in so many ways. This, we will all remember you for, and the sweet memories that we had together will remain in our hearts forever.
I am glad to say, our teacher leaving is a recipient of several awards both locally and internationally for his hard work and service to humanity. I remember that he led us to several competitions, where we won medals and trophies back to the school. Most of these awards you will find in the principal’s office. All these achievements and awards brought nothing but fame to the name of the school both home and abroad. Indeed, we are proud of your many achievements, and they have inspired us to always think big.
Thank you for teaching your subjects with a passion. Your own teaching skills, makes it easier and fun for every students to contribute actively thereby making your class an engaging class for all. Permit me to use this medium to ask for your forgiveness if we have hurt your feelings knowingly or unknowingly in the course of discharging your duties.
Sir, you have put in great efforts in instilling tolerance, kindness, patience onto us the future generations. You have worked tirelessly, now it is time to enjoy all that you have labored for all over the years. As you join the seniors of this great country, I pray for your good health. And may you find life after retirement a happy moment with lot of beautiful memories. I also pray that the knowledge and skills we have gained from you are used well in building a greater nation and a healthy place for all to live.
On behalf of the school, I wish you good luck and all the best for the rest of your life as you bow out after spending meritorious 35 years teaching what you know how to do best.