What kind of teachers turn you off?

United States
August 12, 2008 10:31pm CST
I encountered some teachers recently that have turned me off. I am currently taking part in a leadership class. Some of the teachers here run their class like the Jerry Springer show, or the Steve Wilkos show. They berate their students, tell them they will never amount to nothing, call them too nice, too shy, a doormat, etc. In some cases people left the room CRYING. Do you think such teaching is effective? Tell me about your experiences. Tell me about that math teacher that told you a problem that was giving you the fits was "easy as pie," and "all you have to do is use a little common sense, " or "even my six year old daughter can figure that one out!" How did those teachers--who talked down to you--make you feel? On the other hand--which teachers proved more effective?
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@nonew3 (1941)
• United States
13 Aug 08
I once had a math teacher who yelled so loud at his students that you could hear him, loudly and clearly, clear down the hallway. And, whenever he got the least bit mad at a student, he punished the entire class with more and more homework. It got so that I HATED that guy, and couldn't wait to leave his class. I also once had an English teacher who threw high-heeled shoes at students. Another English teacher would pick up students, in their desks, desks and all, and shake them. None of these teachers were very effective. Those that were effective, were ones that really cared about their students. For instance, my fourth-grade teacher used to stick up for me when I was being mocked, teased, and bullied on the playground. He really believed in me. Another one was just very nice all around, and I don't remember any of the students ever giving her any problems, all because she was so nice and caring. My first-semester college calculus teacher is a real jewel. He is very fair in the way he creates and grades his exams, his lectures are always easy to follow, and he does his very best to work with those students who have disabilities. It's too bad that I won't be able to have him for second-semester calculus, as he is reducing his work load in preparation for retirement. I can only hope that whoever I get for the remainder of my required college math classes will be that good.
@katkat (2379)
• Philippines
22 Sep 08
I hate teachers who don’t teach at all and talk in the class as if they taught you something worthy when all they did is tell a story about their lives. There is one professor in college, he’s the head of Architecture Department and all he does is tell stories but never really lectures on our subject. That subject is one of our major, we are taking Architecture. When the evaluation for the professors came, we failed him. The next year we found out that he’s no longer had a position in our department, just a plain professor teaching the freshmen. Good for him. He deserves it.
@botoy123 (40)
• Philippines
14 Aug 08
Any teacher will do to me.. as long as i have my dictionary and books.. but yes.. its true to experts.. that a good teacher is a great factor in learning... for me... a kind of teacher that turns me off is being unpunctual..
@vimaal (3365)
• India
13 Aug 08
hi friend, i have some good teachers and some bad teachers in my life. In my higher secondary school teacher is very good type. i like him very much. She share her feelings and happiness with my group students. she is little and she is good teacher to take class. I never forget him in my life. take care have a nice day.
• United States
13 Aug 08
The teachers that turn me off are the ones who like to do anything to fail you if you are smarter than them and do everything they can to make you miserable and the other ones I hate are the ones who don't pay any attention to you cause well you are to know everything.
@currykai (427)
• Malaysia
13 Aug 08
I think berating students is totally ineffective way to motivate or guide students. Scolding might be required for some stubborn and lazy students but not scolding+berating is will retard the student's development and and their confidence level. They should use soft approach first and then after few warnings, they could be stern with them. I am for instance faced such teacher before, she was not only berating students she actually uses her hand to slap and poke at students. She will just use the work "you are stupid" or "why are you so stupid". Is just so plain rude and not helpful. After gathering with friends, we all still remember her due to her rudeness. The most effective teachers are those charismatic, patience and knowledgeable ones
@rejin_rob (395)
• India
13 Aug 08
There are different kind of teachers. I have witnessed teachers literally giving tight slaps to students studying in 4th class. One thing i can't stand is their sarcasm. Many of them think their is no one better than them in their feild.
• Philippines
13 Aug 08
That's an abuse and it's against the Code of Ethics for Professional Teachers. We are not supposed to label our students to something minimal, plus the fact that it is the our(teachers) responsibility to make ways to make the students learn. It does not just turn me off, it cheapens the teaching career.
@roanne05 (1292)
• Oman
13 Aug 08
i have this teacher who told us that even his dog or fish can do the pseudo code he gave us to answer...hehehe...but i appreciate him because he is a little bit rude as you've seen, but he will tell story that really gets his students know how harsh the real world is...
@kukucz (10)
• Poland
13 Aug 08
Well.. I dnt have much experience with he teachers becouse I just finished High school. But I had some bad and some good teachers. I have to say I had more bad then good teachers.Sometimes I'm asking myself why people who hate children wants to be a teacher.You can see who like's their job and who doesn't.My best teacher ever was history teacher you could see he really love his job. I wasn'y very good in history but he made this subject so interesting and after a few lessons I was the best student in his class. I always hated english my mum was a english teacher in my school so all the englisg teachers expect me to love this subject and have great grades. My english teacher always had something nasty to my and I really hated this.But after all I realized school is not that bad and if you are nice to the teacher he will like you.
@movicont (495)
• United States
13 Aug 08
I dislike this type of teaching. My French teacher was like this quite a lot, and it led me to really dislike learning the language in general (because I'm consistently reminded of her every time I encounter the language). She expects everyone to have near-perfect knowledge of French and berates people (saying they're childish, or that they have no common sense, and yelling often) whenever they say something wrong. It annoys me a lot because we are not native speakers and she cannot possibly expect us to say everything right. For me, these teachers aren't effective at all (my lack of wanting to learn French is a key point). They only turn me off learning in general because I associate learning with something negative rather than something positive.
@rkrish (3003)
• India
13 Aug 08
Most of the teachers after spending repetitive long years on subjects became less expressive and make the students sometime to just read one by one and finish of the leasons. I expereienced these kind of teachers manytimes during my days. Still the teachers also need rotation and the practical experience should start teaching the lessons as they may be interesting!!
• Philippines
13 Aug 08
I hate professors who are lazy, they dont attend classes. Im a graduating college student so I only have few units left. I only have one class every thursday and saturday. That class is really early, so Im always in a hurry. Then I arrive at school only to find out the professor is absent. That professor is so irresponsible. She's a cool young professor who likes night life. I dont care if she's that type of person, but she should be reposnible enough to still manage attend her class. She gets paid for being a teacher, but she's always absent.. but when it comes to parties, bars, she's always present..
@magojordan (3254)
• Philippines
13 Aug 08
Well teachers who speak very slow and boringly really turns me off. I remember having a teacher like that in college where he would give his lecture in a very large auditorium and of course it's really hard for us to cope up even he has a microphone. I notice too that most students fall asleep during his lectures.
@venkygec (783)
• India
13 Aug 08
I have had some good and some bad teachers too... In every school or college there has to be one... I had a teacher in my Final year of B.E. Degree in Computers... She was not a permanent teacher... but still... she knew very little about her subject... So what she did is... Gave seminars to all the students.. And everyday one student had to come on the board and teach their seminar... In this way she finished half the posrtion... She started teaching something and was saying.. "nothing is mentioned clearly in the textbook, if you want you can refer it" And the remaining she gave for self study... At last she says.. "I finished my portion" Well Common you are a teacher.. you have to teach something.... he he he ..