|Way to engage your child, Mom.|
All the schools I taught in had a large number of immigrants. My students have hailed from South and Central America, the Carribean islands including black, Latino, and Guyanese populations, China, Burma, Tibet, Bangladesh, Pakistan and from Eastern Europe. If I were to generalize, I would say that the black and Guyanese islanders, Puerto Ricans, Asian and Eastern European parents tend to be involved, and in the case of Jamaican mothers, frighteningly so. Of course, there are exceptions to this rule. There have always been children who want to learn. These are the students that encouraged me to become a teacher in the first place. These lovely children will do everything you ask of them, and come to you for extra help. I have students like this now. And two of them, both girls, one Tibetan and the other Russian, are moving up in the world.
|I'd listen to her if she were my momma.|
(I know, it's Tyler Perry, but you get my drift)
My school is "leveled", meaning that better students are in the lower numbered classes and poor students are in the higher numbered classes. When you get a coverage, and the class is a "6" class, you're in for 45 minutes of pure hell. When you get a coverage for a "1" class, you can expect easy money. And when you get a gym coverage, you'll need to schedule an appointment with a therapist who specializes in post traumatic stress disorder.
Last year, as a new teacher to the building, I taught classes "4", "5" and "6". The "5" class was a nightmare. This year, having one year seniority, I teach a "2", "3" and "4" class. The two girls that are moving up are from my "2" class, and they are so good, that I am trying to move them to the "1" class. I would hate to see them go, but it is for their benefit and they can receive a better education in a "1" class. Notice that I said they are good, not smart. I wouldn't say that they're not smart, but intelligence-wise they are both just normal girls. I have other students whom I would say are smarter. But, as I always expound, brains are not a ticket to success. Work is. And, boy, do these girls work.
A teacher who currently has the "1" class stopped both girls in the hall and told them he is trying to recruit them. Later, as they don't really know this teacher and may have been confused and even a bit intimidated by this conversation, I assured them that this is good news, because the "1" class is honors and is preparing for the Regents exam. Another student overheard me, and said, "Honors? Lucky!". I told him that luck had nothing to do with it.
Whatever happens, I wish these two beautiful girls all the best. But I needn't worry; no matter where life takes them, they will succeed, no luck involved.