Subjects That Interested You That Were Not Taught Well?

@megamatt (14323)
United States
January 10, 2010 10:56am CST
A good teacher can make the least interesting subjects more interesting. However, the opposite is true. There are many teachers that can take all of the interesting qualities of the subject and make them boring. There are some teachers who are obviously just there for a paycheck and thus do not teach the material well. I had this experience with my biology teacher in High School. The subject sounded interesting, it was just the way he taught it, it turned me off. So was there a subject that you were interested in but the way the teacher taught it really killed your interest?
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• India
11 Jan 10
This is an interesting question, I remember my time in College where I had taken French as my second language. Everything went on well for the first year, but in the second year, all the three French tutors who used to teach us, went to France one by one, and the new substitutes, who were mainly new graduates, were no good. This really put me off, and I had to take the exams for the second time, as I failed in the first attempt. This really put me off, as I was very much interested to master the French language.
@megamatt (14323)
• United States
11 Jan 10
I never really got to take a foreign language but I have heard horror stories from the school I went to and other schools. Yeah, learning a foreign language is something that requires an expert. Someone who actually knows what they are doing. Not some novice who knows just a little more than the students they are teaching. It puts so many people off that its not even funny. Thank you for your response, its much appreciated.
@allknowing (85560)
• India
11 Jan 10
This reminds me of my college days when what one Prof. could not do the other one did. This Prof. who made us hate algebra went on sick leave and the other Prof. took over. She made it so interesting that algebra became my favourite subject from then on.
@megamatt (14323)
• United States
11 Jan 10
Yes, I would have wished illness on anyone. However, a person like this getting sick appeared to be a blessing. Its always nice when there is a second chance to enjoy a subject. Most would not get that. I imagine there was a lot of people who were turned off by certain subjects by teachers. I know I was. Thank you for the response. It is very appreciated.
@merlinsorca (1122)
• United States
11 Jan 10
I have had some teachers like that, the most notable being my History teachers in Middle School. If I remember correctly, it was in the first two years when I had a good teacher. They taught the subject well, and it was fun even when I did not really like the subject. Then later on, I had this History teacher who at first appears to be very funny, but I saw through that and the teacher just seemed to be a little bit of a jerk. I remember it well, he was mean but not in the manner that he was strict - he was just mean. He kept implying insults to our intelligence but it was not very noticeable. He would make irrelevant jokes so the class was funny, but he did not make the learning itself fun like the other teachers. I had a hard time actually liking that class, and I dreaded going in that room because the work would be boring and the jokes would be stupid. I did not learn or remember much, and it seemed like he did a bad job at teaching. The past teachers could make us enjoy working and learning but it wasn't so with this one. It was taught terribly.
@megamatt (14323)
• United States
11 Jan 10
Yes those teachers can be very frustrating. The type that try to be funny. They fail rather bad. That kills the class. Those type of people make me wonder why they even began teaching in the first place. Its just baffling to the mind, that these people get the job. Of course, a lot of the time its because there is no one else is available to fill the job. I just wonder how many of these bad teachers are because they were the only choice. Thank you for your response, it is much appreciated.
@ronnyb (6117)
• Jamaica
10 Jan 10
I was always the kind of student who motivated myself even when I had crappy teachers.I once had this add math teacher who was obviously there for the pay check and didnt care less about whether we learned or not .I eventually did the course and managed to pas it with very little help from him .I worked hard and studied more than I did for the otehr courses
@megamatt (14323)
• United States
10 Jan 10
Oh, believe me, I motivated myself as well. I think I learned as much as I could. I just felt that I could gotten more if the teacher had cared about the subject they were teaching. Studying the textbook and other sources can only get so much of an understanding in a course. I did fairly well, even if the teacher did not in this case, but I just was left with an empty feeling at the end. Thank you for your response, it is much appreciated.
@kafueenu (1073)
• Philippines
10 Jan 10
When I was in highschool and elementary, I really love math, unlike the other kids, I was really good at it. But when I came to college, math professors were talking nonsense, plus they talk to the board and not the students. I don't think they care whether the students learn or not. So I gradually lost interest on math subjects, and when somebody asks me about the lessons on my previous math subjects, I would answer, 'Past is Past'.
@megamatt (14323)
• United States
10 Jan 10
I had a couple of teachers like that. Those who just turned to the board and did their lecture. Whether or not the students got the knowledge or not. There was a plan for them and they were not going to deviate for it any time whatsoever. They just get on my nerves, especially when its with a subject that I really want to learn. Thank you for your response, it is much appreciated.
• United States
10 Jan 10
My culinary arts class was really aggravating. Instead of focusing at what we were doing, our group (we have 3 separate kitchens so we have 3 groups in the class) was singled out all the time for moving to slow. I would understand if each group have equal numbers but our group had 3 while the other groups have 5. Obviously we are going to move slower with less people but I don't think she understood that concept.
@megamatt (14323)
• United States
10 Jan 10
Wow, that sounds like a very bad experience. I have experienced a teacher or two like this. Those who do not get that a group is at a disadvantage for whatever reason. Whether it be because of less members of a group or for other reasons, some teachers are unfortunately like this. They can make an experience rather frustrating. Thank you for sharing your experience. The response is much appreciated.
17 Jan 10
In my final years at school I had the opportunity to do an advanced business studies course which reading up on it was supposed to take in the whole process of running your own business as well as entrepreneureal skills. Sadly the teacher who taught it basically did so in such an impassioned manner that it ended up a course of reading the text books and nothing else. It ended up a complete waste as whilst I learnt some theoretical business skills from the books they meant absolutely nothing because the teacher never taught them in a real life business context.