Over at The Daily Grind, Mr. McNamar is running Profiles in Greatness on his best teachers.
Mrs. Traut, his 11th-grade English teacher, started by giving him a D on his summer essay. Then she explained why it deserved a D and how to do better.
My fourth-grade teacher, Mr. Parker, was my best teacher — and the only one who criticized my writing. I also remember Miss Anderson, who taught Great Books in high school. It was very easy for me to meet teachers’ expectations. I valued the ones who pushed me to do more.