September 18, 2011

Sharing Memories (Week 38): Your Favorite Grade in School

It's Week 38 of our Sharing Memories - A Genealogy Journey Please join us each Sunday as we share our memories of childhood. Your descendants will be thankful that you did! Share a memory here as a comment, or on your own blog, or in a private journal, but please write!
The children are back in school and new grades and new teachers have been introduced. Do you remember your favorite grade? What grade was it and why did you like it? What was the most fun thing you did in that grade and what do you remember most about the other students and your teacher? For me it had to be Grade 9. I loved that I was now a teenager and going to the High School in our town. We only had one High School so all the kids from the entire town attended. I seem to recall we had 150 students when I went into Grade 9. I loved that grade because I had one of my favorite teachers for my English classes and homeroom. Mr. Fred Parrott who later became Principal of Ajax High School, brought me out of my shell and showed me that I had a mind and that my opinions and thoughts mattered. He worked really hard to get me to open up and respond to questions in the class. He once told my mother that he knew I knew the answers but I wouldn't raise my hand to contribute. I was too shy! Those who know me now know how UNshy I am now! I made that word up by the way Learning for me was fun. I loved doing my work in class, especially in Math. I hear you all hissing and groaning at that but I loved Math. The three Maths Trigonometry, Algebra and Geometry were subjects I drooled over. And I got my best marks in those subjects. Chemistry and Science were my worst with Geography a close runner-up. So Grade 9 for me was exciting and filled with new adventures. What about you?


Elwanda said...

My favorite grade was third with Mrs. Polly Thompson as my teacher. I thought she was pretty and loved her outfits. She was patient with me and always checked on me to see if I needed help. She taught me how to draw. (I had no imagination)

The Grandmother Here said...

I went to a one-room rural school. I had Miss Piggott for grades 1 and 2, and then Mrs. McCorquodale from grade 3 to grade 8. So no year was any different than any other. High school was a big change.

firewalker57 said...

My favorite grade was Third Grade. I had an exchange teacher from Denmark. She was a sweet young woman with the brightest smile I had ever seen and her name was Miss Petersen. She would read us Hans Christian Anderson stories and they are my favorites to this day. Miss Petersen saw something special in me and was very kind to me. She saw something that other teachers did not, It was the first and only time I was ever 'teachers' pet' I can remember other teachers but none smiled at us the way she did. She truly loved what she did and it showed in her every action. I can still see her beautiful big smile and her haircut was perfectly shaped around her sweet face. When she left to go back home she gave out some gifts. To me she gave a little wooden red candle holder. I kept that as a treasure my entire childhood .. Imagine getting a present from a teacher ! Miss Petersen would be in her 70's now, she was very young when she was here. If you are out there Miss Petersen, thank you for making a big difference in this woman's life !