In the four years that I have taught Arian he has always been nothing but EXTRA polite to me. I'm talking "sirs" and head bows most days. I remember I was completely SHOCKED when - during his grade 10 year - Arian was identified as one of the main… uh… "challenges" in the entire grade. "Arian?!? Is there ANOTHER Arian at our school", I wondered. I guess I should count myself as lucky for only seeing one side - a really great side, at that - of Arian.
Arian has always been very quiet in my class, though one of my favourite things is seeing him when he finds something REALLY funny. It's like he WANTS to stay quiet but he's finding it difficult and the laughter just kind of spills out of him in short bursts. He almost seems apologetic as he is laughing. Let it out AM! Don't hold back, Man!
Arian has always taken great pride in his work. I remember how much I enjoyed marking his assignments and tests back in grade 9 and 10. Though, at that time, some of his male classmates were making a, shall we say, "less than optimal" effort, I always knew that Arian would work hard and score well on his quizzes and tests. (And I am not saying that he no longer works this way. It's just that - since grade 9 and 10 - most of his classmates have elevated their own level of effort and achievement).
Thanks, Arian, for all your determination and your great kindness over the past four years. I know you have big plans for yourself and I am confident that - if you stay on top of due dates and deadlines (!!) - you will be successful. By the way, I wanted you to know that your story of your trip to the UBC Math class was equal parts hilarious, insightful, and thought-provoking. Although it might not have been inspiring to you (in fact, it may have been the opposite) I think it has raised very valuable questions for you (and others) to ask themselves before they start post-secondary education. Good luck Arian!