This is my first week doing Divine Secrets of the Blah Blah Bloggerhood. Be patient with me in case I act foolish or just mindlessly blabber. Wait, that is what you came here for… right?! Our theme this week is school’s in. We are supposed to blog about favorite teachers. Well mine isn’t a favorite teacher, it is a favorite pair of teachers. They were married and I had both of them. Mr. and Mrs. Berg. Mr. Berg was my Algebra 1 teacher and Mrs. Berg was my English teach for 3 years in high school.
Let’s start with Mr. Berg. Besides being a brilliant mathematician, he was also quite snarky. He would teach you like he expected you to learn. No excuses. He was very witty and had a comeback for anything. You knew if he called on you and you weren’t prepared, chaos would ensue. His approval made you feel like the queen of the world while his disapproval made you feel about the size of an ant. Somehow he could do that without making me feel like giving up. I don’t know how either. I hated math but his class was one of the few I paid attention in and actually enjoyed learning.
Mrs. Berg was different. She was sweet and gentle but had the stare that could cut through you. She was passionate about reading and writing as well as about all of us. She brought a lot of books to life for me. Things I probably wouldn’t have completely understood like The Odyssey by Homer. I remember us taking turns reading it out loud. She would stop us as and ask us what we thought things meant. She would point out all of this extra stuff we didn’t even see. She turned the books into adventures that we got to be a part of.
These two changed more of my high school learning experience than all of my others teachers combined.