Christian, Loreal and Tiffany, Adrian And Nicholas (and is that Tanya and Kevin?)… ah, students from way back in the ’80s … or was it the ’70s?
As a teacher, my students (about a quarter century of them) live in my heart.
Some are FB friends who still stay in touch.
But whether they write to me or not, they are a part of me.
Every time they see an accordion, they’ll think of me.
Some will remember the word “Eye-vix-L-cidm” whenever they see Roman numerals= IVXLCDM. They will lay them out and remember:
I = 1
V = 5
X = 10
L = 50
C = 100
D = 500
M = 1000
Yes, 1, 5, 1, 5, 1, 5, 1
Add one zero
Add two zeros
Add three zeros
Helps to know this when reading old copyright dates or the production dates of old movies or the construction dates of ancient buildings!
Others will think of me when their math skills were not up to par with their reading and writing skills and they got 7×8 mixed up with 6×7. They’ll recite:
“If 7×8 makes you wait, 5678, lay them straight!” 56= 7×8!
Others will remember how often I said, “The question is not – Are you smart? – The question is – How are you smart?”
(Thanks Madeleine Hunter for that!)
Ah yes, on throw-back Thursday I remember the Stefans (actually he was a one-of-a-kind – I can’t pluralize him!), the Kevins and Lorei (oh, she’s unique, too), the Hillary and Heidi, the Bucky and the Johnnys… I’m grateful for each one.
What teacher or student or classmate do you remember?
What stands out about him or her?