Since there have been a lot of threads about school and teachers (your own or your kids), I was wondering about your positive experiences with teachers. What made someone stand out to you? I know my own personal experience was with a teacher in a subject I struggled with (advanced science). I just remember how encouraging he was and how he tried to show us how what we were learning related to the "real world." He also was always explaining why he constructed each assignment or activity and what he hoped we would gain from it. It really made the work seem meaningful!