Oooh.. I'm a freshman! (Slash Grade Seven)
The first two weeks of school has been great despite the harder lessons they made for us in Grade 7. There’s already been drama.. since yesterday but I shan’t go on further cause my schoolmates might kill me. I’m really trying to update my blog but I’m busy (weh) with school so yep. Finally wearing a necktie instead of ribbons! Feels good man, feels goood. Anyways, *hopefully* Hakuna Matata for me this school year! <3
I remember when I was in grade 7 everyone thought I was just this tiny harmless quiet girl.
Then one day this guy was just being SUCH AN ASSHOLE and I got so pissed off at him.
So when he got up to ask for help with math or whatever I poured water on his chair and he sat in it and a few seconds later he jumped up and shouted “WHAT THE HECK?!?”
My teacher congratulated me.
What happened to me...
In grade 7 my teacher passed around a hat filled with slips of paper with each students name written on one. Everyone picked out a piece of paper, I remember I got Maple Batalia, and now, I miss Maple.. RIP Maple
But remembering this, I remember a girl, Payal Kant. I remember, she got me.
So I found my paper. Her encouragement speech to me:
“This person is very helpful. She comes to school early everyday and if the teacher ever needs help she is always willing to help. She is one of the nicest people I have ever met! She is friends with everyone and is always being very friendly. Every time she sees you she will say “hi”. And I mean every time. She could’ve said “hi” to you six times that day but if she sees you she’ll say it again. You can always count on that. This person is the kind of person that doesn’t judge people by the way they look or talk or dress. She gives everyone a chance. This person is outgoing and respectful. She is very tact. She is always thinking about other people’s feelings. This person always has a creative idea. She is a trustworthy person. She is always on task. When we get an assignment she gets to work right away. This person is the kind of person that everyone wants to be friends with!”
I remember that when it was time to guess who the speech was about.. everyone knew it was me. I felt so, honored, yet I felt like that was too much, I didn’t deserve all those words. Now, I look back, and wish I could say even half those things about me..
Edward's inner conflict and other literary concepts, as understood by a 12 year old.
As you may or may not know, I tutor for a grade 7 class at an all-girls jr high in my area.
Today I took one of the girls out of class to help her prepare for an upcoming test on literary components.
Whenever I do one-on-one tutoring with the girls, I try and get them to introduce some things about themselves on the walk between their classroom and the library. Since I normally tutor English, I often ask them about favourite books and genres.
This girl’s favourite books are the Twilight series. I’m not a huge fan of Twilight, but thankfully (in this situation, at least) I have read all the books. I’m just at the end of the age group of people Twilight was marketed for and when I was about 14 I absolutely loved the first book, but I outgrew them pretty quickly. Being 12, this girl hasn’t.
Introductions over, I started going through the literary concepts handout with her.
Let me just state that I’m not a teacher and I have no actual training in teaching or tutoring, and after I learned to read (rather late, I’ll admit. I think I was about 8 when I could finally read a simple book) I didn’t have any trouble in English class, leaving me with a rather limited toolbox of tips and tricks for teaching English concepts.
And so tutoring turned into a Twilight fanfest.