Reading the Gender Divide thread got me thinking about one of my favorite teachers;
Mr. Booth, my 5th grade (1971-2) teacher and the only male teacher in the school. He was young, probably right out of college. He drove a red Mustang, wore plaid bell bottoms and combed his mustache with a little mustache comb he kept in his desk. On Fridays, he’d let us bring records (45’s or albums) to school and he’d play them throughout the day - not on the crappy record player the school had for film strips but on his own stereo that he brought from home and kept in the classroom! We listened to everything from 3 Dog Night to David Cassidy. We were the envy of the other 5th-grade class whose teacher had to have been 80 years old (in our eyes!) and cranky. Who knows what we actually learned - I just remember the fun we had that year. He did teach us what we needed but it was done in such a fun atmosphere that going to school was a treat. I think he only lasted the one year at our school. I often wondered if it was because of other teachers’ complaints or if he just moved on.
Who was your favorite teacher?