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Re: What jobs do you guys have?

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:52 pm
by spudmunkey
In high school, I barely passed Algebra. I just couldn't jive with the teaching style, and heard the "other" algebra teacher might have suited my learning style better. One serviced one half of the alphabet, and the other served the other. However, when it was my turn for Algebra 2, the school decided to switch them that year. So I got the same teacher again, and failed Algebra 2.

And then there was only one teacher who taught the "make-up" Algebra 2....and guess who it was. :lol: I got a perfect 100% in my Physics class, but, for the life of me, I couldn't *get* algebra beyond the basics.

After two tries, I gave up and took "consumer math" to get my last math credit. AND GUESS WHO THE TEACHER WAS THAT SEMESTER WHILE THE "OTHER" MATH TEACHER WAS RECOVERING FROM SURGERY! :laughhard: At least it was easy enough that I could deal. Ha!

Thankfully, while he was ALSO a phys ed teacher, I was always in the other half of the alphabet...so instead of that guy for another class, I got my dad's old gym teacher and track coach. he kept calling me by my dad's name. :lol: :wall:

Re: What jobs do you guys have?

Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:47 am
by wickid
spudmunkey wrote:In high school, I barely passed Algebra. I just couldn't jive with the teaching style, and heard the "other" algebra teacher might have suited my learning style better. One serviced one half of the alphabet, and the other served the other. However, when it was my turn for Algebra 2, the school decided to switch them that year. So I got the same teacher again, and failed Algebra 2.

And then there was only one teacher who taught the "make-up" Algebra 2....and guess who it was. :lol: I got a perfect 100% in my Physics class, but, for the life of me, I couldn't *get* algebra beyond the basics.
...


I, and many others (very smart people) could NOT get calculus in my senior year in HS. But I aced physics, but it may have been at a simpler level. I graduate and go to college. I'm shaking in my shoes over Calc 101, but also take Physics 101.
It was like a flip of a switch. I finally understood integrals and Calc equations and aced that. Physics 101 was a weed-out class, ... and I guess I, and many other (very smart people), ... were weeds. :lol: The average grade on the tests were a D, so C's became an A on the curve.
I swear the instructor was an extreme douche. Taught straight from a dry BORING text book, regurgitated. I once raised a hand to ask a question. "Excuse me, Mr so-so ...".
"What, what did you call me?"
"Uh, Mr ..." (I may have even muttered, well it isn't Ms, Mrs, ... :lol: )
"No! ... look at the board!"
Me = :? :oops:
Him - "PROFESSOR" douche bag!
:evil: :roll: :wall:
(Not a pleasant experience as a Freshman at Rutgers in NJ. ... So I majored in Comp Sci. :mrgreen: )
... carry on ...
:hijack:

Re: What jobs do you guys have?

Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:51 am
by Treadplatedual
Reminds me of thermodynamics my sophomore year. I had the 1st-time teacher, who was a nice guy but couldn't explain things a way I could understand. My friends who had the 30+ year teacher of the same subject had no issues.

Re: What jobs do you guys have?

Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:00 am
by UnexplodedCow
wickid wrote:
spudmunkey wrote:In high school, I barely passed Algebra. I just couldn't jive with the teaching style, and heard the "other" algebra teacher might have suited my learning style better. One serviced one half of the alphabet, and the other served the other. However, when it was my turn for Algebra 2, the school decided to switch them that year. So I got the same teacher again, and failed Algebra 2.

And then there was only one teacher who taught the "make-up" Algebra 2....and guess who it was. :lol: I got a perfect 100% in my Physics class, but, for the life of me, I couldn't *get* algebra beyond the basics.
...


I, and many others (very smart people) could NOT get calculus in my senior year in HS. But I aced physics, but it may have been at a simpler level. I graduate and go to college. I'm shaking in my shoes over Calc 101, but also take Physics 101.
It was like a flip of a switch. I finally understood integrals and Calc equations and aced that. Physics 101 was a weed-out class, ... and I guess I, and many other (very smart people), ... were weeds. :lol: The average grade on the tests were a D, so C's became an A on the curve.
I swear the instructor was an extreme douche. Taught straight from a dry BORING text book, regurgitated. I once raised a hand to ask a question. "Excuse me, Mr so-so ...".
"What, what did you call me?"
"Uh, Mr ..." (I may have even muttered, well it isn't Ms, Mrs, ... :lol: )
"No! ... look at the board!"
Me = :? :oops:
Him - "PROFESSOR" douche bag!
:evil: :roll: :wall:
(Not a pleasant experience as a Freshman at Rutgers in NJ.)
... carry on ...
:hijack:


I had several incompatible teachers in highschool, from geometry through trig. It ranged from teachers who had long checked out, to being perpetually stoned, and trying to abstractly define even more abstract concepts. I struggled through, and was a horrible test taker. I could do the work on the fly in a casual setting, but the silence of a testing time broke my concentration and I'd often leave tests blank, forgetting everything, and then remembering half the problems and solving them within a few minutes after leaving the classroom. That problem followed me into college, where I was forced to take trig (somehow my passing it with a C in high school was insufficient), and failed it 3 times, from the same teacher. I took tutoring, and in that casual setting, I had zero issues. The teacher saw that, and at one point gave me a test from the final. I had it completed in under 3 minutes orally/mentally. It took them 20 minutes to solve their own problem, and they asked why I was failing. It was never listed as a learning disability, so I just took my lumps and went on. Not that it mattered; I soon ran out of any funding and had to get a job to exist, which prevented me from going to college, followed shortly by crashing my car, and losing said job. Bad times, indeed.

I remember another teacher who taught biology 101, but incorporated all the levels into one class. Their outlook on the topic was that "nobody passes the first time," and that person would summarily fail, literally, everyone except their favorite, regardless of test scores, or even if the questions were answered correctly. That person failed most people because they didn't even show up to give the final. The college did nothing because of "tenure." That teacher said I wasn't college material, and is why they failed me (I would get every question right on tests, and get a 0%).

Too many bad memories of early life. I should write a book on "crap that happened in WV."

Re: What jobs do you guys have?

Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:06 pm
by gumbynotpokey
Ripped off of grades in college stories? Sub-standard fully tenured professors? You want stories? just let me know

Re: What jobs do you guys have?

Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:23 pm
by UnexplodedCow
gumbynotpokey wrote:Ripped off of grades in college stories? Sub-standard fully tenured professors? You want stories? just let me know


I'm all ears (or eyes, in this very obvious case of text-based communication).

Re: What jobs do you guys have?

Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:19 pm
by Treadplatedual
UnexplodedCow wrote:
gumbynotpokey wrote:Ripped off of grades in college stories? Sub-standard fully tenured professors? You want stories? just let me know


I'm all ears (or eyes, in this very obvious case of text-based communication).


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