I like how Peter Brown looks for the reason for the prickly teacher. I think back to some of my prickly teachers that I have had, and I do wonder what was so wrong in their lives that they were so unhappy. It makes me take pause, and forgive.
As an author and illustrator of children’s books, I spend a lot of time thinking about my own childhood. And when I look back, some of my most vivid memories involve teachers. My teachers had a wide variety of personalities and teaching styles, and they all contributed to my development in their own unique way. In fact, if it weren’t for some particularly important teachers, I never would have become an author and illustrator, and so I wouldn’t be here writing these words.
Lately, I’ve been thinking about teachers from my early years in elementary school. I had some really amazing teachers back then. They made boring subjects come alive, and made every student feel important, and saw qualities in me that I didn’t know were there.
Of course, I also had the occasional difficult teacher. You know, a teacher without a sense of humor, or who didn’t…
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