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JoePhilly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 10:32 AM
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60. Being a jerk rarely helps one be a good teacher.
Rather than take the class off on "does Santa exist" tangent, a good teacher, teaching GEOGRAPHY would have allowed the quick discussion of the North pole, and then could have said ... something like this ...

"OK ... if we wanted to find a Leprechaun, where might we go?"

Or ...

"If we wanted to find Nemo, where would we go?"

Or ...

"What if we wanted to find a Lion that's not in a Zoo?"

That's the kind of approach a good teacher would have used. Whether the teacher was being honest with them is irrelevant. Doing this did nothing to advance the lesson, and probably brought it to a screeching halt.
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