A teacher is someone who teaches, instructs, and leads others. They help someone learn a new fact, information, skill, or trade.
I think that each and every person that we meet in life has the ability to be a teacher to us, in some way, shape or form. Everyone has a unique talent or skill, interesting story, and life experience that you can let impact you, and help you grow, whether that be in knowledge, skill, emotionally, personally, etc. We can all be teachers, regardless of if that was our professional training/job or not.
But today’s daily post topic is to describe the worst teacher you have ever had. So I am focusing on Mr. X (not his real name for privacy reasons). Mr. X was my Spanish teacher during my junior year of college. He was a short man, with dark hair and a thick, full beard, and a round belly that stuck out over his trousers, which were held up by suspenders. He was a sight.
I had never taken Spanish before and needed it for my foreign language requirement. I started off the class enthusiastic to learn a new language. As it turns out, I do not have the ability to learn different languages easily. I would ask my peers for some assistance with reading and homework and would often ask Mr. X for additional help and explanation, but he would not make himself available, answer my questions, nor was he helpful at all. He left me to “figure it out” on my own. Needless to say, I ended up failing the course and changing my major, to one that did not require a foreign language. Now that I’m living in southern California, I am surrounded by a lot of Spanish speakers, and wish so much that I had been able to learn even a little bit of their language.
What do you think are some characteristics of a bad teacher? Do you have any bad teacher stories to share?