My year was famous for being the year where no-one received a band 6 for English. Sandler's teaching style was very poor and as a result I went into the HSC knowing only basic language features.
Looking back after many years outside of high school, I am very disappointed. Ms Sanders teaching style is very much only beneficial to very mature students who grew up in a western cultured home. At the time I felt I was simply not working hard enough. But now I understand she had given up on me and other students like me because we didn't fit her teaching style. I feel very much cheated.
My other teachers were excellent in contrast. They were dedicated and adaptable.
Always was available to assist students even marking essays by email.
Honestly a much better teacher than is given credit for. Actually knows her stuff, as people will find out if they actually listen and go past their pre-conceived images of her.
Condescending, calculated and sometimes just plain baised towards certain students and even members of the faculty.
A teacher charged with fostering the skills of evaluation and comprehension should probably possess even the faintest semblance of them herself.