Bad Teacher! Bad!

I’ve started watching Shameless. It now occurs to me that most of my current shows are about families: This Is Us, Speechless. Even my favorite shows that are non-blood-family shows are about workplace families: Newsroom, West Wing, M*A*S*H (LPT: get the DVDs and turn on the no laugh-track setting!) … sorry, I digress.

Fiona attends a free Powerpoint class so she can get a job that pays better and is a better environment than her waitressing gig at Hooters or Titties or whatever it’s called.

She’s completely lost within a couple minutes — through no fault of her own — and quietly leaves the classroom ashamed and discouraged.

As a former classroom teacher and current instructional designer, I wanted to do two things:

  • Slap the teacher in the face with a laptop
  • Give Fiona a hug and properly teach her Powerpoint

Seriously, that scene may have emotionally affected me more than Debbie tucking a pillow under her drunk dad’s head when he passed out on the floor. Similarly, Veronica‘s encouragement (before the class) kinda broke my heart:

“I don’t know what PowerPoint is, but I’m sure you’ll be great at it.”


One thought on “Bad Teacher! Bad!

  1. one of the happiest moments ive had working with people with code is when i met a person going into bioinformatics, who hated programming.

    “well i dont really hate programming, i hated the teacher.” so we sat down for what turned into a couple of hours (everyone was happy enough, so why quit early if theres time?) and went through all the concepts in fig (its designed around 7) and im pretty sure by the time we were done, she didnt hate programming anymore.

    she had a laptop with ubuntu on it, so i gave her a copy of fig and the latest documentation.

    teachers think theyre delivery-people for information, that they can just take it and say “here, sign here.” theyre really matchmakers– setting people up on a date with what theyre learning, and hopefully taking a little responsibility for getting a little familiar with the subject itself, as well as the person theyre setting up with it. the goal isnt “heres your lesson” but a relationship between the learner and the learning.

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