Thu, 23rd October, 2014 ~ 7:39 am

Divine Secrets – School’s In

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.

2 Responses to “Divine Secrets – School’s In”

  1. Nikkole says:

    School definitely wasn’t my strong suit. I had one teacher that really made a difference for me and that was in 8th grade Math. Wouldn’t ya know it, I cannot remember his name for the life of me. Did I mention I have a bad memory too? LOL

    Your teachers sound wonderful. Mr. Berg sounds like a learning experience… meaning you get a lot of knowledge from him just by experiencing his personality. Mrs. Berg sounds kind and sweet. I would have loved a teacher that made the stories come alive for me. It probably would’ve made reading/english class more interesting. :)

    This is neat idea for a blog entry. Had I actually went to class in high school rather than skip I’d probably be able to do this one a little easier. ;)

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Sam says:

    I always loved the sweet teachers, especially when I was in elementary school and high school because I was shy going into both different school types. Middle school wasn’t so bad because it was well, in the middle, and I let loose a little more. I was more comfortable for some reason. But the sweetest teachers always made it much easier for me to get along with other children at school and it was a much easier transition into that grade/classroom.

    My english teachers were a lot like Mrs. Berg, for sure, which I consider myself lucky to have had that experience. We did the same thing, as in going around the classroom, reading a page each and the teacher would stop the class and ask us questions about the story. It was a fantastic way of learning, and I think that’s where my love for books had stemmed.

    You sound like you had a great experience with both of your teachers. I love prompted entries like this!

Leave a Reply