I recall a History teacher whose lessons consisted of him dictating his notes to us, complete with punctuation and page layout! I can still hear him saying " New centre title: The Chartist's Movement. Double underline. New line. Side Title, 1: Origins. Single underline. New paragraph. The Chartists Movement emerged in 1836 in response to a number of events. New paragraph. Indent. Little a, close bracket. Voting reforms in 1832 limited the vote to men who owned property. Many wanted further reforms to extend the franchise. New paragraph. Indent. Little b, close bracket. There was widespread hunger and unemployment that particularly affected the working classes......" and so it went on. But I didn't hate him. We knew what to write in the tests and in the O level. It wasn't him who ignited my interest in History - I did that myself outside of school. Then there was the Welsh English-teacher (!) who was most emphatic about the pronunciation of "controversy" and insisted on pain of dire consequences and public mocking that we said it correctly. If we first encountered him in an even numbered year it was "con TRO versy" with a long "O" in the second syllable, whereas classes who encountered him first in an odd numbered year had to say "con TROH versy" with a short "O". I only found this out when comparing notes with my younger brother who was in the year below! - I think he did it as his little act of anti-english sabotage.