This week's Student of the Week is Tracey P (who will send a photo this week? It's a real honour to do so).
The first memory I have of Tracey is my utter shock upon realizing that I had taught her sister before. I didn't teach Rachel long (that's her name, right T.P.?) but I really liked her. She was in this pretty depressing Workplace 11 class but she was always genial (great word!) and quite hard working. And Tracey is just the same... and yet they are SOOOOO different. I don't know: to this day if Tracey told me "just kidding. We aren't really sisters" I'd be like "Oh. That makes sense".
Anyway... teaching Tracey has been a joy. She has always been super poised and mature. I believe the expression is "wiser than her years". She often has this slightly mischievous smile on her face. Like she's privy to some amusing joke that the rest of us are unaware of. Or like she knows something is about to happen that will surprise everyone else. It's pretty cute (though it has made me a little nervous from time to time).
One thing I will never forget is how much Tracey LOVED the bowling field trip we went on in grade 10. Not sure if she had done it before (or since) but man was she ever pleased with the outing. She STILL urges me to do another bowling trip (and this year I just might!). It's further proof of Tracey's positive attitude. Let's face it: bowling isn't THAT fun... unless you have an awesome outlook on the whole situation. Like Tracey has!
At the start of the year Tracey gave me a bad scare when she ALMOST dropped Foundations 12 (in the first week no less). Mercifully, she changed her mind and I get to spend one last year with her in my class (I believe that makes four years in total).
Thanks for being such a charming, warm-hearted, and genuine person, Tracey. Good luck to you in the years ahead... and keep on smiling!! :)
Every December 8 for years, Julia Robinson blew out the candles on her birthday cake and made the same wish: that someday she would know the answer to Hilbert’s 10th problem. Though she worked on the problem, she did not care about crossing the finish line herself. “I felt that I couldn’t bear to die without knowing the answer,” she told her sister.
In early 1970, just a couple of months after her 50th birthday, Robinson’s wish came true. Soviet mathematician Yuri Matiyasevich announced that he had solved the problem, one of 23 challenges posed in 1900 by the influential German mathematician David Hilbert.
This week's Student of the Week is Kaili P (Gray assures me that he will send a "really good" photo. Send it along GG!).
Lots of great memories and stories involving Kaili. Don't want to write a novel so... on to a list!!
9. Kaili has an amazingly strong sense of self. She's a "take me as I am or leave me alone" sort of person and I TOTALLY respect that. I STILL wish I could be more like that and I was completely NOT like that in high school. Not many people are...
10. Kaili has a fabulous sense of humour. I have enjoyed many, MANY laughs with her over the year. And there is not much I enjoy more than laughing.
Thanks, Kaili, for being such a strong, intriguing, opinionated, iconoclastic, confident, thoughtful, kind presence in my class. I have nothing but admiration for you and I am excited to see where you end up in the years ahead. I know you are an Arts Fiend and I thank you a million times over for taking Math all the way to grade 12 anyway. Good luck to you Kaili. Love you!!
I am your teacher. Obey me.