Friday 5: Memorable Teachers

Alright – so my original plan was to post a motivational quote on a picture every Monday, but have since come to realize that isn’t as easy as one might think, especially since I don’t have a lot of awe-inspiring photos in my possession without going to google every time, which I don’t want to do cause that’s using someone else’s work. So instead, I decided to do those occasionally, like once a month or so, and instead offer you a fun wrap-up post to the week – Friday 5.

Friday 5 will feature 5 things every week. It could be pictures, memories, a top 5 list – the possibilities are endless. This will also help you, the reader, to get to know me a little bit more.

This week, I am going to talk about 5 memorable teachers/years of school. I work in a school library from Aug-Jun and have been joining other staff every other week in a small class learning about Love & Logic. If you’ve never heard of it, Love & Logic is a classroom management strategy that can also be used at home.

This past week, we were asked to think about teachers we remembered while we were in school. In the lesson, we were supposed to find common characteristics those teachers had to give us an idea of what kids take away from their teachers. Well, for me, I don’t know if I could tell you too must of the teaching styles from my past teachers, but I do remember events or moments that stand out, and that is my Friday 5 for today.

  1. The first teacher I remember a lot about was my 4th grade teacher. I remember she had a microwave in the classroom which she would use to make popcorn, but she’d also let students use it to heat up soup and such for our lunches. This was also the year I was taught long division. I also remember there was a student originally from Alaska. One highlight of the year though was when we took a field trip to downtown. Now, we didn’t take school buses as you might expect for a school-based field trip – no, we took the city bus! Downtown, we visited a local bookstore she had a connection with and I think I bought a train book from there (I don’t actually remember if it was about trains or not, but it was about something that goes). I think that memory stood out in my mind because it was the only time I took the city bus for a field trip (or even heard of a school letting their students do it), and the memory would pop up in my head whenever I drove past that bookstore.
  2. Let’s jump to 5th grade now. My 5th grade teacher read us the Goosebumps series (one I really dislike now). We also had kindergarten buddies we’d get to hang out with occasionally. Handball (or wallball) and tetherball were the popular games if you weren’t on the play structure.
  3. My 6th grade homeroom was memorable since my teacher had a “zoo”. Okay, so the main pets were two rats, Snowball (white) and Chocolate (a dark color, can’t remember if it was brown or white). I also had a friend that year with a turtle he’d bring occasionally. I remember being excited one weekend to bring the rats home and my mom being less than thrilled. This was also the same year there was a shooting at the apartment complex across the street where I lived, putting the school on lockdown. The result from the shooting at that “roach complex” as my family affectionally nick-named it (due in part to the many cockroaches that tried to share our apartment) was a bullet that went through my brother’s closet and lodged itself in our bathroom door. Thankfully, no one in our family was hurt, but it sure gave us a fright. (On a side note, I recently – as in today, looking at the internet, while I’m typing this – that this school is closed, along with a high school in the same district that I would have attended, had I not moved before 9th grade, yet a school many from my middle school did attend.)
  4. My next big memory is going to my World History teacher in 9th grade. He enjoyed classical music and would give a bonus point on tests if we could name the composer he played during them. To help study for those tests, we would play Jeopardy as a class (split into three teams). Another prominent part of that class was the game Diplomacy. The class was split into 5 teams (the teacher playing the 6th on his own) and then each day we’d make our moves. Our team ended up winning, thus gaining us lots of bonus points. I needed those two as I did not complete one of his two essays he required during the semester. I enjoyed playing that game so much that I’d hang out in his class during morning break or lunch (course, being friends with his kids didn’t help either).
  5. I’m going to combine this with two more high school classes – Spanish and Chemistry. My Spanish class memory I believe came from my first or second year, maybe even my third year, and it would be walking as a class to a Mexican restaurant and having to order lunch in Spanish. My Chemistry memory occurred on the final day of school. A day or two before the teacher had asked us to come up with ingredients we would need if we were to make homemade ice cream. We were then tasked with bringing those in the final day. Then, on that last day of school, we made homemade ice cream. What a sweet way to end the year!

There were some other memorable moments as well, such as writing a poem I still have that was in 10th grade English and a project I longed to do that always took place in 12th grade English but would never get to complete since I changed schools, or my choir teacher in 12th grade randomly calling for class-wide massages, the class then turning to their right or left to massage each others shoulders. The same choir teacher always had us sing the round “Rose Red” before we performed a concert. There are also memorable moments around clubs and sports:

-being part of yearbook in 7th & 8th grade
-being part of Academic Decathlon my freshman year
-the yearly trip to Catalina Island with the Marine Biology club during my sophomore and junior
-swim team also taking place during my sophomore and junior year
-helping backstage during my senior year’s production of The Music Man
-backstage crew during quite a few college productions as well as running sound a few days of Godspell performances and manning the projector for Macbeth-being part of the activity council in college

Suffice to say, I had an enjoyable time at school and looked forward to it. Yeah, I was one of those kids who didn’t want summer to come, although I still am not a fan of the homework part of school.

What about you? What memories do you have of high school? Who were some of your favorite teachers?

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