3rd May 2012
It’s true. I’M SORRY. I know I always say that I’ll be here more often, and then I don’t. But, you know, life happens. Also I’m just really lazy. In general. Well, here are some updates.
I can’t believe it but my freshman year is almost over. I better get over this laziness soon, because next year I’m going to be in World History AP and Comp Sci AP. Yiiiiiiikes.
CST’s are almost here.
My brother’s almost home for his summer break. Except he’s only staying for 10 days.
I didn’t get into the summer program I wanted.
But I am going to be at SYMF again this summer!
Anyway. I’m not even going to say I’m going to be here more often, because I really don’t know.
22nd February 2012
You know what makes me uncomfortable? When people unnecessarily hate teachers. Honestly, in all my years in the California public school system (yes, all 10 ), I’ve never had a teacher I thoroughly hated. Whether this is because of (and I say this as modestly as possible) my ability to obtain high grades even on my own or my lucrative career as a teacher’s pet, I don’t know. But when I hear people just constantly rag on a teacher, it makes me kind of sad.
Example A: The Teacher Who Gets Blamed For A Hard Class
Now, let’s clear something up right away. I’m a freshman, so considering Biology Honors as a “hard” class is relative. (Honestly, I don’t think it’s all that difficult once you figure out how to study and whatnot :T). Anyway. So the class is a little confusing, and the teacher gets blamed for “never explaining anything ever” and being “the worst teacher in the history of bad teachers”. I mean, it really wasn’t that bad. There are textbooks for a reason. And I’d like to introduce you to my friend, Google. I must admit, I didn’t like her at first, but then I realized it wasn’t her fault I had a bad grade. I made some changes to my note-taking and studying, and voila. Grade improvement.
*It should be noted that once others began getting higher grades, the complaints lessened.
Example B: The Teacher Who Gets Blamed For Not Holding Your Hand
Class sizes are so huge now, it’s insane. In my math class, there’s about 40 people. Just because one person is stuck on a particular concept, the teacher isn’t just going to be like, “WHOA GUYS. HOLD UP. SO-AND-SO DOESN’T GET IT. LET’S SPEND THE NEXT 30 MINUTES OF CLASS GOING OVER THE SAME QUESTION UNTIL THEY UNDERSTAND.” I mean first of all, that’s not fair for other people who have to sit through this excruciating event. And then secondly, it puts the entire class behind and then we have to rush through all the next things. So then every time this doesn’t happen in my math class, the teacher gets blamed for not “caring about whether or not we learn anything or get it right or wrong”.
*And I’ve heard people even say that “when you go see her privately during tutorial, she’s actually really helpful!” Well then.
Example The Teacher Who Can Just Never Win
We’ve all had a teacher that’s known for being “the cool one”. The usually young, usually funny, super laid-back one. This is my history teacher. She’s super cool as a person, but until recently, I didn’t think much of her as a teacher. I mean, the activities we did were pretty interesting, but I didn’t feel like I was learning much or being challenged or being prepared for anything. It wasn’t that bad to me, but a lot of people complained that “we’re not learning anything” (semi-true). One kid even said “why bother paying attention if we never learn anything in this class?” To her face. Oof. So she steps up her game and actually starts giving us notes and lectures and articles to read. And then everyone complains that “ugh there’s so much work to do” and “this is so hard”. Okay. A) It’s not even that hard, and B) Weren’t you just complaining that we never work? Hmm.
- Don’t look for reasons to hate your teacher
- Don’t expect your teacher to just hold your hand
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