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My Favourite Fictional Teachers

School seems a long time ago now, but I still remember my teachers so clearly. I had some fantastic teachers, and some really awful ones. Now, I’m a teacher myself (or rather, a tutor – I don’t work in a school), and I’m seeing the job from a completely different side.

When I was a student, I compared my teachers to the ones I read about in books. Now I’m a tutor, I do the same thing – except this time, I look at those fictional teachers, and see what things about them I could steal for myself.

 

Susan Sto Helit

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Not only is she literally the granddaughter of Death himself, Susan Sto Helit from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series is a formidable teacher. Her supernatural abilities mean that she can take her class travelling through time and space; instead of reading about far-off lands and ancient battles, Susan’s class get to witness them first-hand.

 

Mr Majeika

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Of course, Susan isn’t the only teacher to take this approach to lessons. The Mr Majeika books have the title character working endless spells to make learning much more interesting – and putting the class bully in his place while he’s about it.

 

Professor McGonagall 

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Okay, so maybe I just have a bit of a fixation on magical teachers. But, come on – strict as she is, Harry Potter‘s Professor McGonagall would be the best teacher ever. I’d put up with any amount of strictness if it meant I could learn how to turn a mouse into a teacup. (And back again, I hope).

 

Who are your favourite fictional teachers?

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