Tuesday, November 26, 2013

T is for....

I have been one since 1957 and I have taught in three countries: England, Canada and the U.S. Over the course of 55 years of teaching, I have taught every grade from K - 12. My last 35 years have been primarily teaching Junior High and High School (i.e. ages 12-18 years).  I retired from full time teaching in 2002 but continued tutoring in math for another 5 years.  In addition, I am still teaching an adult Bible Study class weekly. In 1991 I became principal of our school in addition to teaching four or five hours a day.



Moving into the Principal's office 1990

Working on the Yearbook 1991

Which grade did I like teaching best?  Probably 10th and 11th because they really are more focused on learning.

What subjects did I like to teach the most?  Of course, Bible.  I truly LOVE teaching Bible, especially Bible History.  I find it fascinating.  But of the other subjects, I love teaching English literature, math (fractions) decimals.

Are students today worse than they used to be?  Oh yes!  Children are not restrained and not taught respect.  This is the parents' fault, who in turn can lay the blame at the feet of today's culture which is the result of mass media which has been pushing the boundaries of decency and morality for decades. Parents, hold on to your standards no matter how unpopular it may make you. Your children will thank you when they have to hold down a job and have their own children. Believe me!  Be fair but firm.

You may have other questions, but here's another piece of unasked for information.  I believe one secret to better  results in education (definitely not the only one), is to have separate classes for boys and girls from approximately 6th grade.  It totally removes the peer pressure sensitivities...and surprise, surprise, the kids like it better.

We are now into the final run of this round of ABC WEDNESDAY, so ably adjudicated by Denise Nesbitt and Roger Owen Green.  Please click HERE to take a look at other entries for the letter T.  You will be entertained and maybe even educated.


Linda said...

What lovely photos! It is great that you are still teaching a Bible class. You seem to really enjoy teaching and I am willing to bet that your students were and are very fortunate to have you as a teacher.

photowannabe said...

You have been in the teaching field for many years. I can tell the kids loved you. I think I could have used you in getting through math...not my favorite subject!!
Great post Chris.

kaybee said...

I can see we will have to pull put the photo albums/boxes when I get there...I have never seen these photos! You are a great teacher...you taught me to draw, remember? And I will be ever grateful. Also, I simply cannot believe how much you look like DOTH in that first photo!!

kaybee said...

"Pull out"

Leslie: said...

I so agree with you regarding respect and the division of sexes at school. I, too, enjoy the high school kids better because you can really get into some great topics for dialogue and research projects. As I'm typing this, I have a grade 12 girl working on her Power Point presentation comparing Biff in "Death of a Salesman" to Oscar in "A Shark's Tale." I wish I could be a fly on the wall to see her presentation tomorrow.

abcw team

Wanda said...

Oh Chris, how fun to see your picture from the past and the students you have taught.

I admire you so much. For being a teacher every child should have and teaching the Bible...wonderful, wonderful.

You are an inspiration.

Roger Owen Green said...

Once a teacher... Not a job I could cope with, unless I were teaching adults.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Reader Wil said...

I agree with Roger:teaching adults is the best! I admire you for the work you have done! I agree with you that respecting other people is what we need.
Great post, Chris!
Wil, ABCW Team

Hildred said...

A fine profession - so sad about the effects the media has had on behavior and it does behoove us all to cling to our standards and set an example.

Gattina said...

That's a nice post, full of memories !
ABC Team

Indrani said...

Teaching is one of the noblest profession. Great to see you at different stages of your career.
That is a great message for parents:
Be firm but fair!

Carver said...

Great post and shots. What an important profession teaching is. You started teaching the year I was born - 1957. Carver, ABC Wed. Team

snafu said...

Nice to see you over the years and Kaybee is right about the similarity to your niece. It is interesting how family likenesses change with age and at different periods of your life you resemble different people witin the family. Both you and Kaybee remind me of your mother now but I never saw the resemblance when you were younger.

Mersad said...

That's really a long time period of passing on knowledge. I think that is wonderful!

Ann said...

What a career you had!!!My daughter is now a vice principal after teaching 17 years. She is so good at it and the students really respect her.