School, Teachers, and Other Random Thoughts

The start of school always seem to go by so slowly, but then before anyone realizes, the first semester comes to an end. Going in to the senior year of high school really makes one think and see differently on the various aspects of school life. Teachers become more lenient towards senior students, and it is easier to treat a teacher as an equal, someone to share jokes with and not having to worry too much about offending them. Talking during a lecture is not that big of a problem anymore, probably due to the fact that most students wish to do well and actually pay attention, and also that the teacher no longer cares too much for the chit-chatting that goes around. The grade tens are always lost amidst the various stairways in the school, and are constantly trying to prove themselves to the higher grades, hence the inevitable hazing that occurs at the beginning of each year. Relationships with friends deepen with every new day, and post-secondary concerns eat away at the back of our minds, but it’s bearable, as long as friends are there to help. Just the general atmosphere of high school becomes a lot more relaxed, no more hurrying to classes (teachers don’t care much for lates anymore), no more sharing lockers with many people, no more pushing around the hallways (we know the better routes), and no more getting lost in the school.

Teachers play an important role in determining whether a class should be dropped or not.  Of course, other factors involving friends and the class itself (whether it is interesting or worth taking) are taken in to consideration as well. However, a good teacher is one that can simplify the complex, complicate the simple, one who understands students and knows what it is like to be a high school student, but most importantly, one who can make any class interesting and appealing to others. A teacher whom gives out easy marks may seem like a good teacher to many, but students that wish to learn should seek out teachers that are able to teach, not just hand out marks. Good teachers can usually be sought out by asking for opinions from friends and other students. However, counselors are reluctant to allow changes to be made to a timetable simply for teacher requests, which I think is bullshit. This is a perfectly good way of weeding out the bad teachers from the education system, to allow more room for teachers that can actually motivate and inspire students.

It’s getting extremely cold for September, this crappy weather in this city I can never get used to. Gloomy weather takes out any motivation to go exercise, such a pain.

Grade 12 biology does not waste time, usually classes in the beginning of the year waste a week to just get started, instead biology just hits you in the face with a stack of notes, hand-written too!

Tried to drop out of a class today, failed miserably. Totally useless class too, does no justice to the name of the course, definitely something I did not expect, teacher does not really teach, just posts an assignment online and then goes back to surf the Internet. Easy class though.

Never seem to be getting enough sleep, so many things to do!

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