Sometimes a Shining Moment: Good Teachers/ Bad Teachers

In the book Sometimes a Shining Moment: Eliot Wiginton had a student
that talked about a teacher who takes time to recognize students as an
individual and not just part of a group. The student went on to say I had one
particular teacher that I would never forget. Once when the teacher gave back an
essay I found that she had complimented my essay, the topic, and even me.
I had a teacher that that was just like the teacher that one of the juniors
or seniors had. The teacher that I remember the best was my twelfth grade
English teacher, Mrs. Oehler was a type of teacher that always involved every
one in the class discussion. She took the time to realize me as a individual
and not just a student that showed up for her class every day. Every day when I
went to class I was excited to be their. We never knew what Mrs. Oehler had up
her sleeve, but we knew that we would have a good time.
When I showed up at room 124 on the first day of class I did not know
what to expect. You see I never had Mrs. Oehler in my previous three years of
high school. I thought she would be a nice person to have as teacher, but I
never knew that she would be the best teacher that I ever had. I first noticed
that Mrs. Oehler was a special kind of person when she came over to my desk and
out of the clear blue she asked me about my story I was writing for her class. I
was surprised to here her say so Matt how do you like you story so far. She
did not ask any body else in the class, just me. It was those little things
that she did that impressed me. She always made time in class for each and
every one of us to state our opinion about the days topic.
Some days when we were reading a story she would turn it into a
theatrical performance. She always keep us interested in what we were reading,
and turned an ordinary assignment that would of been boring with any other
teacher into a fun and rewarding experience.
We read the Adromenal Strain a story that dealt with a deadly virus
from outer space and the use of the atomic bomb to rid the earth of this deadly
infection. Our class was mixed with different emotions about using the atomic
bomb. We discussed the effects and devastation that the bomb could bring and
compared them to the good possibilities that could occur from bombing the city
that had been hit with this infections virus. In order to make this debate more
interesting than before Mrs. Oehler declared every one in the class congressmen.
We were then required to write a letter of recommendation to the President of
the United States of America. The topic of the letter was to persuade the
president to drop or not to drop the bomb. I took this assignment to heart,
I tried to make the letter look so official and realistic as possible. That
night when I went home I turned on the computer and created a letter head to
match the letter head of this letter that I got from Congressman John Kaisch. I
did such a good job that Mrs. Oehler showed it off to the whole entire class.
When one of her students in her class did some thing that was extremely
outstanding she would take notice and share it with the class. It was things
like that she did that made her class a fun learning experience.
Another student from Wiginton\'s book said: I had a teacher who was
always willing to stay after class and talk to you. He would always help
straighten things out. If I did something wrong he\'ll tell me. I really
appreciated the fact that he cared the that much. My art teacher Mrs. Lenher
was like that. She was a very nice person and every one in the school knew it,
even the other teachers. When ever I had a problem she would take time out of
her very busy day to help. I remember last fall one of my friend was in trouble
with the law. This really brought me down because my friend was in a high speed
chase and he got away. He then came over