Education Depends on Your Teacher

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Paving my own path;
Your education depends on your teacher

Throughout your years of education each teacher you have will bring you down a path. Either they will take your hand and lead you down the path of understanding and success, or let you run wild and take the path into a world of haziness and confusion. Unfortunately, there is not too many who will guide you down the successful path. In my years I’ve encountered a handful of both types. I was lead down many paths but in the end I created my own. In the next few paragraphs I will share some experiences of my own. My first semester at the College of Staten Island I wasn’t too sure what to expect walking into the first day of classes. Each professor had very different yet very unique ways of teaching. One teacher fortunately enough showed care and covered her students with a blanket of comfort. Let’s call this professor Mrs. Sunshine. She welcomed us into the course with open arms and made sure each and every student knew she was there to help us with any obstacle we came across in a writing assignment. She held her hand out not only for help in her course but also for any writing assignment in each course we were taking. The first day she cited a quote she once heard from one of her favorite professors back in her day of attending college. “If you don’t hear a student’s voice on the first day of classes, it will not be heard for the rest of the semester,” Professor Sunshine was quite disturbed thinking a student might be left in the dark a whole semester, so she made sure she immediately began to know each student on a personal level. This professor knew almost every students name by the end of the first class. Each week her lectures were voiced enthusiastically which brought the dreary Friday night classes alive as much as possible. Don’t get the idea that because she was very kind her class was a breeze.…...

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