Allergy Warning: May contain run-on sentences, and general ranting.
I do not think I am a nightmare teacher. I just have eccentric ways of doing things.
Then there's the smart-ass colleague who went to graduate school with me and grade-grubbed the entire time. This guy thinks that just because he carries a Bible around and smacked me with it, that I am the only person in the world who is not allowed to get angry. He always tried to encourage me to befriend my instructors, take them out for coffee, but could not ever understand why that offended me. When he was still an undergrad, he scored high on the Putnam Exam. Consequently, he was loved by everyone and got whatever he wanted on a silver platter. I remember his comments he made about the Master's Exam: "Ya know, the Analysis Exam was pretty easy. But the Abstract Algebra one? I don't know, I just sorta wrote down a bunch of stuff that seemed true and I'm praying for the best." He passed both tests the first try. Then he went on to a Ph.D. program and flunked out of it when he found out that he couldn't make friends with his teachers. Perhaps he would like to keep the integrity out of his Christianity. But then that would be like removing all the blood from an organism.
So, here I am, another semester under my belt and wondering if there is even a little hope out there. I am scheduled to teach for summer and fall, but I don't want to go back. After having so many bad experiences with working with others, I am hoping for some kind of job that has minimal interaction with people. A hologram can dream, but hopefully I can get some kind of data-entry job. Sorry, but so far my experience with people is that they do nothing but nasty things to me and are all-around just not safe to be around. If they can get you fired for not "hooking them up with fries and soda" (even though you will be fired for stealing) or for not doing their homework (they tell the administrator that their learning style is not compatible with yours), or if you accidentally let the word "Bible" slip out of your mouth in the tutoring-center and then some guy gets up and leaves glaring at you on his way out only to return five minutes later with an administrator who is "concerned about a safe environment" then I say that a safe work environment for MYSELF is long over-due.