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What is the best thing you’ve heard a teacher say?

What is the best thing you’ve heard a teacher say?

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  1. “I don’t give a fuck if you pass or fail, I’ve still got my job next year. You failing doesn’t effect my life”

    Big fan of putting the accountability on students.

  2. Ask stupid questions. Because there is at least one more person in the room wondering the same thing, they just don’t dare to say it. And in that person’s mind, you’re a hero.

  3. Last year of high school my Maths teacher told me “I’m predicting you to fail your exam”. I’d done OK at the beginning of the year but in the second half of the year I’d all but given up on school and wasn’t turning up half the time. When she told me that I got really angry and went home and studied for like two days straight. I got a B and felt like I’d really showed her. Only dawned on me later than she was basically using reverse psychology to get me to try harder and what she said was exactly what I needed to hear at that time.

    That always stuck with me and I’ve always used low expectations or people under-estimating me as a motivator since then.

    Thanks Mrs Fleming.

  4. The most useful thing was “Look, unless you go into finances, this whole chapter is pretty much worthless to you. But life is full of useless crap and if you learn to deal with it now, you’ll be better at dealing with it in the future.”

    The funniest was a teacher fumbling between “black” and “african american” and this positively ancient teacher looks at this girl and asks “what do you prefer to be called?” Who responded, quite indignantly, with “I prefer to be called by my NAME!”.

    It was hilarious at the time but looking back ir was kinda sad because this woman really should have been retired, and im pretty sure she was working for the health insurance.

  5. During class assignments, if my English teacher saw anyone talking or not focusing on the assignment he would say, “Stay on task.”

    No scolding or admonishing, just a simple statement to ensure everyone stays focused. I think about those words throughout my day at work and do everything I can to heed that advice.

  6. It wasnt anything he said. I was playing my grade 5 teacher in a game of chess, I was what? 11 years old at the time I believe, I got him into a mate in 2 situation. I could see him analyzing, reanalyzing, going back and forth in his mind and the conclusion he would always come up with is that was a wrong move. He eventually made a move, and i had him in checkmate. Stuck out his hand and the look on his face was “im proud of you”. Everybody in the class went crazy lol. Ill never forget that shit.

  7. “Are you doing alright?” While looking at me with focus before the students take places and the class start.
    It was the sweetest and more needed attention I was wishing for at that point of my life.
    I wonder how he’s doing right now.

  8. I have two from the same person

    1. “We’re all adults here, if you’re not interested in learning and are here to pass the time, get up and fuck off!”

    2. “If I catch you during class playing or talking on your phone, I will walk to your seat and insult you”

    This was from my genetics lecturer at university. Considering we’re uni age there were still many children in our class who didn’t want to learn. I think him not giving any fucks and saying it as it is served as a decent wake up call for a few people

  9. One of my teachers litteraly predicted my future when I talked about it with him outside of class. He said that that I dont realy fit in the automotive sector and rather should go towards something biological. So guess sich who studied automotive engineering, threw it after two semesters and went to foresteconomy….
    edited for spelling

  10. You can take this class and read the material and pass the test and forget all of it.

    Or you can learn this stuff for real and take it into the real world and use it.

    Some people come to college to get by and pass the test and others come to learn.

    You choose what you are going to do spending your time here

  11. When was studying graphic design, I submitted my final project but I wasn’t there for the final presentation to the group where it would be critiqued by the board of profs and students. Not that I didn’t care, but I was a busy kid. I already was working as a freelance, before I got my degree. All of the other students were there, though and reported to me what was said about my work. The director of the program said to the whole class “u/ThePolygraphTuner’s work is the best in class. Too bad he didn’t care to show up and receive the honour”. That guy just unwillingly gave me his blessing to keep working and never go back in class.

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