Friday, December 21, 2012
20 – School memories: favorite subject, teacher …
Alright, let’s go in order of grade and talk about things that stood out. Also, I’m not talking about clubs and other activities, just what I remember about teacher’s classes specifically. To be honest, I’m not sure I have a favorite teacher, but there are things that have stuck in my head that I would want to duplicate or that I can learn from. My favorite subject would probably be English, Music (strings or choir), or Math, plus Education and Theater classes that were taken in college. I think my favorite time would be a toss between middle school (7th and 8th), high school (9th-11th), or college (Western). They all had ups and downs and I’m not sure if I could pick a specific grade as memories come from bonds created over years. Yep, there’s some years missing in each of those groups, but they were at another school, and its hard to form good bonds and memories when you’re at a school for only a year.
Fourth grade – my teacher had a microwave in her room and made popcorn, and would let us use it as well. That’s also the year I learned long division. We also took a trip to downtown Colo Spgs and visited a favorite bookstore of hers. I bought a train book. This would be unusual now because we took public transportation to get there.
Fifth grade – my teacher read to us from the Goosebumps series and we partnered up with a kindergarten class for a period (don’t remember if it was every day or just once in a while). I also remember wanting to be part of GATE cause they got pulled out of class for a period and got to do cool projects.
Sixth grade – my teacher had a few animals as class pets, including mice. Yep, I took them home for a weekend or break. That’s also the year a shooting happened across the street in my apartment closet. There was also another teacher (not mine, but I loved to hang out in her room after school) who was known for being animated and talking with her hands (seriously, she’s in the yearbook for doing so!).
Seventh grade – my strings teacher (orchestra as we called it – band was the non-stringed instruments) was part of the Colorado Springs Symphony.
Eighth grade – fell asleep in Science class one day and then being all worried about it cause I was right next to the teacher’s desk and trying to find a way for him to not be mad at me, and he shrugged the incident off cause I was always on target, doing extra credit work … basically being a teacher’s pet. That’s when it was confirmed that being a teacher’s pet had its advantages. My English teacher (female) always wore a vest, like a buttoned shirt with a vest over it.
Ninth grade – was introduced to the game Diplomacy (think of the game Risk and you have an idea about this one) from my World History teacher. I loved the last day of school, because playing that game was all he did in his classes. And if given permission from other teachers, we could spend all day in his room playing if we wanted to.
Tenth grade – wasn’t a fan of my English teacher, but I do remember being excused from reading one of the books (was given another one instead) because my mom disapproved of it. That was also the year I wrote my “I Am” poem (a piece of my writing I’ve enjoyed and would love to recreate with my own students in the future). This was also the year (or ninth grade – I think it was the same teacher maybe) in Spanish where we walked a few blocks to a local restaurant and ordered our meal in Spanish to practice.
Eleventh grade – final day of Physics class was making home-made ice cream. The catch was we planned who would bring what ahead of time but were not allowed to consult a recipe. We did pretty well.
Twelfth grade – my choir teacher on Fridays (usually, not always and sometimes on other days) would start class by having us all turn one direction and rub our neighbors back, then scratch their back, then reverse direction and repeat. We’d spend longer doing this if someone did the same to her. Also, I got out of taking my English final because I was one of a few students (like 5 or so) who showed up on Senior ditch day to class. As a reward for doing so, we were excused from taking the final and the grade we had at that point would stand.