The Best Teacher
I have had a lot of teachers.
Some of them were good, and some of them were boring.
There is one teacher whom I remember very well.
He is the best teacher that I ever had.
His name was Mr. Alban.
He was a history teacher.
History is not my favorite subject.
I don’t really enjoy history a lot.
When I was in Mr. Alban’s class, he made history seem exciting.
He was more of an actor than a teacher.
If he was describing a war, he would make us feel all the emotions that the soldiers and their families would have felt.
We could almost hear the guns firing and the people shouting.
He would paint a picture in our minds that was very vivid.
When I had a history test in his class, I didn’t have to study much.
I would remember every word that he had said.
I would see him doing the actions that went along with his stories.
He was very animated.
He would shout out orders as if he was a general, or he would speak softly and reverently when describing the death of a great hero.
The most important thing that I learned from Mr. Alban was that I did really like history.
I just thought that I didn’t like it because most people had made it dull by just reading from the textbooks.
History is not just a series of dates and dull facts.
History is what really happened.
History is real life.
All the historical figures had real families and emotions.
They weren’t just fictional people.
After I took history from Mr. Alban, I realized that I really did have an interest in it.
He was my favorite teacher, and I will always be grateful to him for making me aware of just how interesting history really is.
vivid memories, dreams, descriptions etc are so clear that they seem real
*I’ve got vivid memories of that summer.
*He had a vivid picture of her in his mind.
I can vividly remember the day we met.
reverent / ˈrevrənt / formal
showing a lot of respect and admiration
*a hushed reverent voice
feeling that you want to thank someone because of something kind that they have done, or showing this feeling
I’m so grateful for all your help.
I am very grateful to all those who took the trouble to write to me.
She should be grateful that he was making things easier for her.
extremely/deeply/eternally etc grateful
I am extremely grateful for the assistance your staff have provided.
Our grateful thanks go to all who participated.
She gave me a grateful look
feeling or showing thanks to another person:
I was very grateful to John for bringing the books/for his kindness.
| The rescuers deserve our grateful thanks.
I’m grateful that you didn’t tell my husband about this.
We were grateful to get back on dry land after our rough boat trip.