Friday, January 29, 2010

~QUESTION NO. 3 IN THE SERIES~ see below picture


You need to know that I am over 70 years old... to appreciate my answer to this question.

The (GRADE SCHOOL ) teacher I remember the most... was the VERY SAME school teacher MY MOTHER HAD when she was in that very school. !

My mother would have dressed a lot like one of these children when she went to school.

Also then... only ONE teacher taught ALL the subjects for that grade.

I had Mrs. Weisner for 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade...she liked us so much she just kept moving up with us. (Not sure all of us appreciated her dedication to that idea )

YEP...was in that same school bldg. from Kindergarten thru 8th grade...what a hoot.

I also had the same Kindergarten teacher my mother had. ~ Mrs. Klein.
That was back in the day when family's grew up in the same neighborhood as their parents and grandparents. It was great.

Had the same friends for 20 years until I got married and moved to another State. Some of these friends... I am still in touch with.

However, by the time I was in her class...Mrs.Weisner taught everything but science and gym.
I understand Mrs.Weisner lived to be over 100.


Marilyn said...

My favorite school teacher was Miss Heffernan. She & her sister both taught school & lived just down the street from us where I grew up. Both of the ladies never married. They were so sweet....
Miss Heffernan, my teacher was my history teacher for 7th & 8th grade. I used to stop & see her if she was on her porch. She stirred in me the absolute passion I have for history!!
They both were absolute ladies in the best possible way with their manners & their love of teaching. They are both gone now just in the last couple of years. They lived to nearly 100. They were both sweet souls......
Have a Great Day!

The Victorian Parlor said...

This is fun! I guess Mrs. Hopkins, my 12th grade English teacher would be one of my choices. She was kind but tough and she taught me a great deal about how to learn and to study. When I took English 101 in college it was actually easier than her class. She prepared me well:).



jordiegirl said...

The school teacher I remember the most was one which we children thought must be very old, well she looked extremely old to us. She was a very tall, large lady, with dark grey hair, cut short and straight with a slide in one side. She always seemed to wear a grey skirt and a jumper (sweater). Her stockings were very very thick (Norah Batty type - she's from an English programme called Last Of The Summer Wine) and she wore long legged bloomers in a peachy pink colour. How do I know they were that colour, well when she bent down she did not (or perhaps could not) bend her knees so when she bent you got a full view of her bloomers. We used to call her poss stick legs!!! Nasty children.

When she taught me to knit she always said 'four plain, four purl' but when she said 'four' it came out as 'foor'. I went home and did some knitting telling my mam that Miss Ellison had said I had to knit 'foor plain, foor purl'. Of course my mam said 'it's four, not foor'. Well as a little girl of about 7 I thought the teacher was always right!!!!

However, another teacher I remember as being very lovely and I who I also thought was very old was my first teacher in primary school when I was 5. She was a cute little old lady with white hair, who could have been your grandmother, she taught at the school for years and years. She used to have a stuffed budgie in her classroom in one of the glass cases.

Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

Marilyn what nice memories of these dear ladies....often school teachers did not marry, not sure why....too busy grading papers I guess.
A teacher has done her job well....when she has instilled in us a passion of some subject they had taught..instead of craming it down our throats..and then us hating it for the rest of our lives. GOOD FOR HER !


Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

Kim, I was the same way about my typing teacher in High School...I was determined to use the "hunt and peck" method of typing...but she MADE me do it the correct way...and if I would just slow down some...I would not make as many spelling errors that I make when I post.
I was trying to get that point across to my twin grandsons they learned the "hunt and peck" method when they were FIRST on the computer when they were only 4 and 5 years old and on was a hard habit for them to break..later in H.S. ...but they finally did.


Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

jordiegirl..sounds like that first teacher you mentioned needed a bit more schooling...and to let her underwear show...that was funny to see I bet. She sounded like a real FRUMP !!!
I had a H.S. teacher who wore the SAME skirt and blouse every single day for the entire was amazing !
We were taught to tuck our skirt under our butt...bend both knees...( but keep them together ) and squat down to pick up something, which was much more ladylike.

Rose said...

What a thoughtful post, haven't thought about Miss Connor for years. She was my 5th grade teacher, young probably in her late 20's, single, and very kind. My parents had recently divorced, my Mother went to work, we moved & we're even forced to give away my dog. Sounds like a Dicken's novel huh? It wasn't horrible, just a hard time in a young girls life & I think Miss Connor felt that about me. I don't know much about her, when you a kid it's all about 'you'. But looking back she may have gone through similar things. Anyway, she is the first person to 'get' my creativity & nurture it. That year I wrote, produced & starred in my own play. Can you say 'control freak'? She knew I loved art & often got my Mothers permission to take me after school to my first art supply stores. She was not an artist but, she is the reason I became an artist. Wherever you are Miss Conner from Alameda CA. Bless you! Lisa said...

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Beth said...

I am enjoying my little trip down memory lane as I decide whom to list here. My Kindergarten teacher was Miss Stinson and well remembered by my sister too I imagine. I can still remember marching around the room hitting sticks to keep the rhythm. A funny memory perhaps but real.

I remember fondly my third grade teacher, Miss McGowen. She was a former marine,don't know for how long, but she carried herself like a marine. She liked me apparently so of course I had to like me back.

My fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Chait, was the first Jewish person I had ever met, sheltered life back in the 50s I suppose. She taught us the stories behind all the jewish holidays.

And to high school, my best, if not always favorite teacher was Miss Speck. She had the phrase "Procrastination Is The Thief of Time." on her chalk board.... and I still follow that rule to this day.

And in College my favorite was Dr. Povenmire. He taught me to appreciate poetry. What a lovely gift he gave me.


It's nice to take a look back at times, and reminisce a bit. My most favoured teacher would be Mr. Nick Negeovan, he taught art in highschool....he was inspiring!

you have a lovely site, Rose...and a pretty name! come by and see me anytime, you are most welcome to...ciao


Well Rose, after scrolling further down your blog, I decided to follow you! I like what you do! come by, follow..!!

Cori G. said...

Wow! That's amazing Rose. The same school for all those years? I think it would have been fun to sit with your mother and ask questions about the teacher.
My favorite teacher was Miss McDonahugh (?) from first grade. She was a wonderfully patient woman who drew me out of my shell.

How are you? I'm so sorry I haven't been around. I've been very busy in the real world, but hope to be able to spend more time visiting and blogging. I hope you have a lovely weekend ;-)
xoxo Cori

Sea Witch said...

My favorite teacher was my 2nd grade teacher, Sister Thomasina. She was from the West Indies and she was beautiful. She had a soft laugh and encouraged me to pursue my artistic pursuits. Just discovered your blog and am really enjoying it. Sea witch

Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

I somehow KNEW this would stir up all sorts to memories for a lot of us. I am going to leave this one here for a good while...and may even bring the question back again in a few months...for those who may not have seen it the first has really gotten to great responses.. I will write more later.
I am glad you appreciate my series.
Thanks everyone...

Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

WEll...look here everyone....we have two new followers to my blog..WELCOME CARMELINA MAGRO LOUNSBURY and Seawitch !
I am so pleased you are joining my growing band of bloggers.
Will be visiting you too soon.

Thank you, Rose

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hello Rose,

I must say this is an easy one for me considering I was never in a school more than two Father was in the Air Force until I was 12 years old. would have to be the first teacher I ever had. I was living in the Philippine Islands at that time. I am left handed and back then (the early 60's) many teachers tried to switch a lefty to write with their right hand. Of course, today they know really messes you up...goes against your grain so to speak. My Mom straightened that out in about 2 minutes upon arriving at the Principal's office..hehe :0)

I traveled so much in my school years that I honestly did not retain all the just isn't the same as being in the same school the whole time.


The Rustic Victorian said...

Good memories of 4th grade, around, 1960,,I think...anyhow "Mrs Hall" read aloud each day from a favorite book,,,she taught me to love reading, and escape in stories. She also had show and tell. She brought in a man who had chocolate covered bugs,,,she was great fun...very encouraging, I was lucky to have crossed her path for a year. I think she must be in heaven, I look forward to seeing her again. She really loved us all, and touched me deeply.
Great idea for a post Rose!

Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

Steph, GOOD for your mother having the teacher recogonize that being a lefty is OK.
I certainly remember teachers trying to correct that on other students that I was with in grade school. It is almost like trying to tell them they must change the color of their eyes. Crazy !!

Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

Hey Cori....GLAD to see you back with us..I had wondered why we had not heard from you in a while...not that you have to report in..but we do get use to seeing FAMILIAR names pop up and miss them when they are not here.


You know what is mother never said a WORD for or against ANY of the teachers that she and I had...back in that day..the teacher was ALWAYS right( I guess)
Mrs Weisner gave me a bit of a rough time actually..she liked the boy's in her class a great deal more than the girls...and I dealt with the same issue at home...( with my mothers favoritism toward my brothers ) it was tough having THAT teacher for 4 years in a row too. Harmed my self esteem a great deal in reality.


Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

Lisa...GIVE AWAY YOUR DOG too ? I would have run away from home with the dog I think.
GOSH...each of those events are considered very life seemed to have handled it VERY well.
So glad Miss Connor took you under her wing and made you flourish...that is what makes a teacher so memorable to us.


Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

Speaking of teachers....I have to add my youngest daughter in here as a
My daughter who we were not sure was going to make it thru grade school at times ....(LOL long story ).
She now has her MASTERS DEGREE and teaches children with Autistic Disorder..and she just loves. loves those kids..and has often taken some of them on little day trips...and such on HER day that the working mothers could have a break on the week-ends too.
Her students will never be able to remember or write about her I don't think..but she SURE deserves do ALL special needs teachers. What a stressful job they have.
I am so proud of her ....she works LONG hours at the school...often there afterhours too... working on the VOLUMES of paper work that is required nowdays for these "special" students.


Proud Mama

Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

Oh my gosh...I don't know if I missed anyone...this is the longest post I have had since I started this blog a few months ago.
And this quetions has stiredd so many memories for is making my HEAD SPIN.
If I missed your post I am sorry, I will try to keep closer track and answer sooner next time.
I am totally lost now.

Forgive me if I missed you,

Carol Mae said...

Dear Rose, AH!! such great memories, I too went to a one room school for 8 years, My Teacher "Mrs Buseman" was wonderful, like a second Mom to all of us. Thanks for bringing up those wonderful memories. Many hugs, Carol Mae

Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

Hi Carol Mae...I have a friend named Judy don't see that name spelled that way that often. ( She was born in MAY)
I think it would be delightful to spend your younger years in a one room SCHOOL HOUSE.
Mine was not one room by any fact it was three floors of CHICAGO...but in a way it was a one room school house..seeing that my teacher "moved up" with our class for 4 years...but we used the SAME classroom all those years.
But no, we had a HUGE SCHOOL and a gym and playground ..a seperate one each for boys and girls...never thought of that fact until JUST old fashioned...when you need to seperate them is starting in Jr. High...LOL.
THANK YOU... so much for joining my blog...I am so happy you are here.

I am going to try to find a picture of my old is still being used.. I understand.


Eastlake Victorian said...

What a great question! I have a few favorites for different reasons.

1) Miss Pauly, 1st grade. She was tough but kind.
2) Mrs. Rojek, 8th grade. Opened me to the world of art. I'm still friends with her on Facebook and she still has some of my art, do you believe it?
3) Mr. Boettner, 9th grade algebra. Used humor to teach math, and I went on to take a lot more math classes because of it!
4) Mr. Tortorelli, 12th grade European history. Tons of term papers, learned so much from his knowledge.
5) Mr. Jastrzebski, Scientific Illustration, college. Kept taking his classes because he was so good.
6) Mr. Moroz, Philosophy, college. Took a lot of his classes as well. Really made you think!

If it weren't for these great teachers, I wouldn't be the person I am today!


Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

Pam....HOW fortunate you are to have so many FINE teachers to acknowledge is beyond wonderful.
As so many postive ( or negative) things come thru the teachers we have had growing up and while in College, which influence our thinking... OFTEN for the rest of our lives.

Your's should ALL know about your praise of there a way to contact the others too do you suppose ? They would be so happy to hear from you.