The most important teacher (outside of direct family members) i had in my life. "Easiness" is a stupid category - if it were easy, you wouldn't need the lesson, right? "Popularity" is also a stupid category - teaching is not at its core a political activity. But if we are discussing Margaret Metzger's abilities, willingness, and skills to help her students achieve clarity of thought, expression, and analysis -- now here we have a concept, this would be "7" on the above scale.
I had Ms. Metzger in the 1970s and she left a lasting impression on me. She encouraged me and gave me individual attention that enabled me to grow. I remember her approach to writing - step one being brainstorming a topic and writing whatever came to mind without editing. She freed something inside me, though at the time, I probably was one of the most repressed students she had. I now have a doctorate and practice psychology. I wish I could talk to her directly to thank her. (The easiness and popular
I had Ms. Metzger many years ago. She has ALWAYS stood out as by far the best teacher I ever had (including fancy college, Masters program and PhD program). I learned to write and think for myself from her.
You will probably hate her and think she is an awful teacher. It won't be until later when you realize that you actually have learned something (rare for English classes) and have moments to look back upon. She is such a trooper. She is very understanding and sweet. I have only had her for one semester since she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer :[ so really, if you want to be mean to her, go ahead, but realize that you will feel bad about it later
Whether it is clear to you at the time, or whether it becomes clear to you after twenty years have passed. she is probably the best teacher you will ever have in your life.
When her students are quoting Dante to criticize her, it shows she's done a pretty good job.
IMO a good teacher + lots of smart kids in the class. I learned a lot from both.
Her style 10+ yrs ago was exactly as described by current students. She was in over her head running a class, much less imparting knowledge. The other senior English teachers were effective (Mr V was a legend) and respected by their students. Metzger played to a few favorites and was despised by the other 95 percent who saw her as a transparent fraud. Her anecdotes ranged from borrowed glories of ex-student Jon Hodgman to deranged "too much information" personal tales. Unfireable due to seniority.
I love Ms. Metzger! She is super hardcore. At the same time, she can be sort of condescending and it can be nerve racking when you get something wrong.
She truly loves her students, and she knows when to be gentle and when to be tough. She's helped me grow as a reader and a thinker.
Awesome teacher. Life-changing. I hope everyone can have her or a teacher like her. Drives you hard but its soooo worth it.
I am a Senior in college. Metzger is, by far, the best teacher I have ever had. The most brilliant, sage-like person I've ever met. Retired?
Smart, demading, Evil. She follows her own curriculum... the only English teacher who actually teaches(so far)
an intense class, I learned a lot but I could've gotten a better grade in another class, and it's not like she factors into your gpa- she's SCARY, and knows it
Her class is insanely hard, and she can seem a bit scary at times, but I learned more in her class than I have in any other English class.
Metzger knows her stuff and has so much to offer! She is a phenomenal teacher.
My boyfriend just got his ten year letter mailed to him. Wonderful idea. It was great to look back and see what he wrote when he was 14.
She basically decides the first week whether she likes you or not, and if she doesnt, watch out...she plays weird mind games with students...scary