He was quickly convinced that everything he said was wrong because of the utter disrespect from his teacher. This added to his lack of self confidence but, he makes a serious situation into a light hearted tone by using an hyperbole. Sedaris’ low self esteem began at an extremely young age. He has had a lisp his whole life and was forced to go to therapy. “At school where every teacher was a potential spy, I tried to avoid an S sound whenever possible….After a few weeks of what she called ‘endless pestering’ and what I called ‘repeated badgering,’ my mother bought me a pocket thesaurus which provided me with s free alternatives to just about everything.” (Sedaris 11) David Sedaris referred to his teachers as “agents” and “spies” to add a humorous side of something he disliked.
It happened to me when I was in middle school. I had a unibrow, and people would make fun of me. My feelings where hurt and I felt like an outcast, I just wanted to fit in. I gave in the pressure and got my dads razor and shaved it. The next day I went to school thinking I was not going to get made fun of, but my classmates stilled made fun of me because now my eyebrows were uneven.
I did not know this going into this class because I was completely caught off guard with all the manipulatives students do now. Multiplication was not my favorite in elementary school because I would always get confused and learning the ways students do now confused me even more. I had never heard of the lattice method or used manipulatives to solve multiplication like students do now. I think it is great because if I were given these options maybe I could have done better. Learning all the conceptual ways made me nervous about teaching elementary math because I thought I was never going to understand it.
No wonder how so many student finally attribute their difficulties to something inborn, organic: That part of my brain just doesn 't work"(158). Rose state that student 's in the vocational education program having already lost interest in classes they try so hard to contemplate with, instead they decide to move on and blame their inability to learn for the reason they can 't understand what the teacher is teaching them. "They open their textbook and see once again the familiar and impenetrable formulas and diagrams and terms that have stumped them for years"(157). From the beginning of their high year the student in the vocational educational program were set to fail. The school treated them as experiment by placing them into class room with inexperience teacher or not caring teacher.
This soon became more of a discipline class rather than the student learning about math, and apparently the "bully" had created pointer with the paper clips that could have actually hurt someone. Soon after Ms. Metcalf had to call the assistant principles to step in to discipline the student, and lost a entire day of instructions due to one student misbehavior. After the misbehaving student had left she went over to the emotional distraught student and began discussing that he should never let people 's words if they weren 't nice and that entire lesson became a lesson on
Until slowly they had no longer come in to comfort me after being punished. Because of this I had started to build a resentment towards life, and was an angry child. I felt as if the world was my problem because nobody understood my feelings. Being punished and not understanding why caused me to fall behind not only in grades but in my social skills as well. It seemed as if every other day my parents were receiving calls from the school about my bad behavior, which didn’t help since I would be punished once more while not aware of the phone calls they received.
I failed to maximize my academic potential because of a fixed mindset that has lingered me throughout my academic career. I can relate to the feelings to that of the Author of Alphabet soup, John Almy; he stated “One of the first things I learned in school was that I was stupid”. It is hard to pinpoint an exact moment where I felt stupid or inferior to my fellow classmates, however I clearly remember becoming more reluctant to participate in class, in the fear of being laughed at, in one instance; I was reading out loud and couldn’t pronounce “Shoulder” I had a whisp and the class giggled, my face began to blush, then sweat began to dwindle down my face, as I continued to read my voice began to fade, to my relief, the teacher finished reading the section. I was placed in after school reading in the first grade. I’ve always had difficulty with reading and writing, due to the insecurities that I developed at an early age.
As a student, standardized testing is the worst thing invented since the guillotine. While advocates of standardized tests are right to want proof that students are learning, it is wrong to base teacher salaries off of the results. What the government fails to acknowledge when basing a teacher’s salary off the test is the lack of interest from students. Often pupils take the tests as jokes and teachers show bitterness over losing two weeks of teaching. After being told what they must teach and how a bitter taste has been left in the mouths of many teachers.
When the time came for Mrs. Jones to hand back a te... ... middle of paper ... ...hings, including humanities class. My feelings towards her are similar to these of Zawodniak. I almost never wanted to try hard in her class, because I know that I can’t succeed in it. She makes me feel stupid a lot, which is the wrong way to act to a student. Her rude comments, laughing, and grading methods make me, as well as my other students, feel discouraged.
The student keeps pushing back the assignment until the last minute and the last minute is not enough time. This is also known as procrastination. The student does not want to fail, but they were too lazy to do their own work, so they ask to copy the work from a friend that did the work. I once said something to a guy about how this was cheating and he told me that he was, “using his resources wisely”. Another time I asked a student next to me to stop copying my answers in class and he told, “Then you shouldn’t let me see your answers”, he blamed his cheating on me.