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One Woman Who Should Not Have Been a Teacher

Some are memorable because they were so good. Others are memorable for the opposite reason. They just weren’t cut out to be teachers and they obviously didn’t like children very much. My third grade teacher, Mrs. Series, falls into this category. I will never forget her. Here’s why.

First she never taught me one positive thing I can remember. I suppose she did try to teach reading, math, science, and whatever else was in the curriculum. I just don’t remember any of those lessons.

What I do remember is that when she was trying to teach, she would walk around the room opening all the cupboard doors. If anyone misbehaved during this time, she would keep the entire class in at recess. During that recess she would walk around the room yelling at us and slamming all the cupboard doors she had opened earlier. I don’t know what we were supposed to learn from this. It definitely wasn’t fair, since the entire class was always punished for the offenses of a few.

Did you ever have a teacher you remember for negative reasons?

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carmela wrote on November 24, 2014, 11:04 PM

yes i remember very fondly my teacher in high school who yelled at me in our school corridor for panicking when i saw that our chemistry laboratoy was on fire and belching out black smoke through its window. i can still vividly remember her harsh voice and insulting words.

bestwriter wrote on November 24, 2014, 11:39 PM

She taught you atleast one thing. Never bang cupboard doors (lol).
On an average I have had good teachers and one was my favourite. She was a nun and she would take us out of the class room and take our lessons under the trees.

The one I was not comfortable with was the one when I was in college. She was teaching us Algebra. Maths was my favourite subject but I started to hate Algebra after she started teaching us. She fell ill and so another teacher replaced her for a few days - what a difference that was!!!

BarbRad wrote on November 24, 2014, 11:45 PM

I would say someone who yells at some for panicking during a fire just didn't understand the situation, LOL.

BarbRad wrote on November 24, 2014, 11:47 PM

I have had ineffective teachers and teachers I wasn't fond of, but this was the only one who appeared to be almost malicious. I didn't understand menopause back then, but I suppose it could have been a factor.

Glenn wrote on November 25, 2014, 12:49 AM

We tend to remember the worst experiences from those school days. That teacher sounds like she had anger management problems. The fact that she was preplanning making noise by shutting all the cupboards is not a healthy observation. I rememerb one teacher who asked everyone to sit in the same seats we sat in yesterday. I had no idea what she was up to, and I couldn't remember the exact same seat. So I just selected one. Then she came over to me and threatened to suspend my for leaving a mess in the desk of that seat. I did learn an important lesson that day. Never take for granted what you don't understand. Something else might be going on that will bite you in the face, so to speak.

carmela wrote on November 25, 2014, 1:03 AM

i studied high school in an all girls catholic school run by the Holy Spirit nuns. i guess she wanted me to act cool and collected and lady like even on emergency situations such as fires just like the nuns who run our school.

BarbRad wrote on November 25, 2014, 3:09 AM

I take it you did not have seating charts that assigned you the same seat every day. We did. It does tend to solve that problem.

MegL wrote on November 25, 2014, 3:20 AM

She was mentally ill and should not have been in that job! That's terrible for 3rd graders to experience. It was also the head teacher's fault for not knowing or dealing with the situation.

Madcanman wrote on November 25, 2014, 5:53 AM

Ahh, yes, Miss Tessier from third grade. She was pure evil, and acted like she had the ruler she walked around with and smacked us with shoved so far up her butt you'd expect to see the other end of it poking out of her ugly, ferocious angry mouth!

Ellis wrote on November 25, 2014, 9:05 AM

There were many bullies at my school..unfortunately, most of them were teachers..

Glenn wrote on November 25, 2014, 11:17 AM

That's right, not in that classroom anyway.

thecoffeefox wrote on November 25, 2014, 2:52 PM

We are having a massive battle with my son's fourth grade teacher at the moment. She refuses to believe that being an introvert is okay.

BarbRad wrote on November 25, 2014, 2:59 PM

The principal was a good man, but the teacher probably had tenure and teachers with tenure are almost impossible to get rid of here.

BarbRad wrote on November 25, 2014, 3:02 PM

It's also true that we, the students, would not have thought of complaining to our parents back then. This was in the 1950's and we were too young to realize anything might have been done. To us, this is just the way things were.

BarbRad wrote on November 25, 2014, 3:03 PM

Sounds like she could have been Mrs. Series' sister.

BarbRad wrote on November 25, 2014, 3:04 PM

This is the only teacher I had that ever came close to being a bully. Except for one -- a high school PE teacher.

BarbRad wrote on November 25, 2014, 3:05 PM

I thought teachers were taught to be more understanding of individual differences today. Maybe she didn't get the message.

LeaPea2417 wrote on November 25, 2014, 5:22 PM

Yes, I have very bad memories of my 5th grade teacher. She was already the one teacher most kids dreaded and for some reason she picked me out as the one in the class that she didn't like and she let me know it. She made it extra hard on me by getting me in trouble for no reason at all and making me memorize poems as punishment. I think why she didn't like me was because I was quiet and reserved. I even remember over hearing her say to the Principle that something was really wrong with me!

thecoffeefox wrote on November 26, 2014, 12:26 PM

She is "old school". Or so she says.

BarbRad wrote on November 26, 2014, 8:22 PM

Usually teachers love having some quiet reserved students to balance out the class clowns.

AliCanary wrote on November 27, 2014, 1:20 AM

I think your teacher had a mental illness. I had a teacher like that in college--she just seemed to hate all of us, and would fly off the handle at anything, including the involuntary sound one of the girls made, even though it was explained to her that the girl could not help it. We returned the next year to hear that this lady had killed herself. A very unhappy soul.

BarbRad wrote on November 27, 2014, 1:42 AM

That is a horrible story. She must have hated herself as much as her students. How sad.

MamaOzzy3881 wrote on December 8, 2014, 1:22 AM

Well there was that one sub in 1st grade. I had asked to go to the bathroom and she had threatened that if I wasnt quick enough that she would grab me by the collar and hurt me

LoudMan wrote on December 8, 2014, 7:35 AM

Y'know what? I gotta say, I was pretty durn lucky to have had most of the teachers I had. Any bad ones I experienced were usually over other classes.

BarbRad wrote on December 11, 2014, 2:30 AM

That's terrible.

BarbRad wrote on December 11, 2014, 2:31 AM

i'm glad you don't have any really bad memories of your teachers.

LoudMan wrote on December 11, 2014, 11:40 AM

I only had one or two who were ever mean to me but, then again, I was an odd child. :)

LoudMan wrote on December 11, 2014, 11:41 AM

That would explain much. I've heard awful stories of abuse by nuns/staff from others who went to religious schools.