Youngbin Yoon
Youngbin Yoon
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Youngbin Yoon

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Heyo HobMobbers! I stumbled into Jimmy's comic strip a few weeks back and posted a link to it here. Remembering the positive feedback it received, I reached out to Jimmy and asked for an interview to…

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My most memorable learning experience occurred outside of the classroom. It was a free period back in my senior year of high school and I was socializing in the cafeteria with my math teacher, under…

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My most memorable learning experience occurred outside of the classroom. It was a free period back in my senior year of high school and I was socializing in the cafeteria with my math teacher, under the pretense of being there for help. Mr. Turkington, or Turk as we like to call him, is an interesting individual. He doesn’t hold the hallmarks of a traditional teacher, with his seemingly ambivalent nature (at least initially) and his aggressive approach to learning. That said, I continue to contest that he is the best teacher I’ve had thus far.
For the past few months, my performance in math had been lackluster. Specifically, I was asleep in class often and my grades were below their usual average.
“Yea… you don’t care,” Turk said. Now this confused me, mostly because I actually did are about math. Of all the subjects I was studying that year, Calculus BC was one of the few I was genuinely passionate about. I can’t remember my exact response, but I remember what he said after.
“Well that’s sad. You’re asleep in my class all the time. You come for help and don’t focus on math. If this is you caring, that’s sad.”
I was a little insulted. I had always been perfectly amicable with him, and I had a pretty successful history of getting along well with my teachers. Furthermore, I didn’t really think I had done anything wrong. I tried to defend myself.
“No, Youngbin, I don’t care. I don’t care what tv shows we watch. You come here and want to socialize but I don’t care. You’re lazy.”
At this point, I was thoroughly insulted. It seemed like I was being chastised for being nice. That said, I understood that a collected and composed response would be my best response.
“Don’t worry, Mr. Turkington. I’ll get you your 5,” I said, in reference to the upcoming AP test. Turk was famous for his remarkable record of helping his students achieve the highest grade on the AP tests.
“No, you see, you still don’t get it. I never doubted that you’d get a 5. I’m saying you’re lazy.”
And that’s when it all clicked for me. It’s hard to explain adequately, but I started working after that conversation. The rest of the period went by smoothly with him answering my questions, and we continued like nothing had happened. By the end of the period, we were joking around again.
I’m still not entirely sure why this moment was important in shaping my work ethic, but there was a noticeable shift afterwards that continued on to college. I suspect it was the fact that he took the time to shape me into a better person, for the sole purpose of shaping me into a better person. He had nothing really to gain from the experience considering it was understood that my test scores wouldn’t contribute negatively to his reputation. Instead, he wanted me to be better simply because he wanted to be better. It’s nice having someone care about you when they don’t have to, and it makes you want to live up to their belief in you. That’s the way I took it, at least.
Funny enough, I’m now a math and philosophy double major. Moreover, I’m teaching my friends calculus (last semester my friend Jenny needed help, and my other friend Euan says he’ll need some help this coming semester). I have a sneaking suspicion that it’s because of Turk I’m in any position to help at all.