I’m sorry that this is extremely random, but this is the beginning of my attempt to make as many thought-provoking posts as possible, and I just spent 15 minutes thinking about what to write, and this is the best that I was able to come up with – What’s more important to you when taking a class: Loving the material or loving the teacher?
Disclaimer: Feel free to stop reading if you’ve already had enough of this. Pretty sure I would have stopped after the first line.
Anyway, if it were up to me, I would choose to have a great teacher. I think learning about areas of interest is extremely important, but I think the teacher has the ability to make you love or hate the subject matter in just about any case. In my experience, I’ve found that I typically either really like my teacher or really dislike him/her. There really isn’t much middle ground for me. I think part of this is just my personality, but the point is that if you don’t like your teacher, odds are that the class is going to be miserable. I can’t recall any class that I’ve ever taken where I loved the teacher but had a negative overall experience. A few good qualities that I look for in any teacher include a sense of humor (good job, Ray), organization and clarity, motivating, understanding, and passionate. Obviously, mastery of the subject matter is always crucial, and it never hurts to have someone who occasionally lets you out early (Ray – you may want to work on this a little, but you’re still a great dude).