A teacher was a stickler for making sure their students took to their lessons with fervor and retain the information which was to be the base not only for their continuing education, but for their existence of knowledgeable men and women out in society and in the workforce.
In doing this, she reinforced the basics:
Algebra was not taught without a review of the order of operation and arithmetic.
History was not taught without explaining how past events affect the present.
When it came to English however, she overemphasized the power of the word and made sure that their students knew the definitions.
A student used a particular word that they never used before in class, so naturally the teacher wanted to test the student.
“What is the definition of that word?”
After a brief pause, the student gave an answer.
“I know the definition of the word, but when I try to give an answer…
...I do not have it.”