Originally Posted by SteveEisenberg
I had a stupendously good teaching-award-winning Shakespeare professor, in a small seminar, and still don't like Shakespeare.
Yep. I read novels hidden under the desk while teachers lectured.
*raises hand* Guilty as charged. I used to do this a lot, and read through several Dick Francis mysteries during what was ostensibly a monthlong study of The Grapes of Wrath
. I have since bought a copy of the book in case I should ever feel the desire to properly read it.
I consider myself now a good reader but that was something that developed over time, and largely independent of classes before university. I really don't think I had the intellectual maturity when I was a teenager to appreciate what was put in front of me. Perhaps this is true of others.
I had a mix of good and bad teachers. All of them put in the effort but some people are just more gifted at teaching. The best teacher I had used films of Shakespeare, with subtitles on
, to help acclimate us with the language and plots. We also acted out parts as we read through the plays.