Tuesday, September 16, 2008

bonus anecdote #8 (triple-length) - grade 9 math teacher

implemented the provincial math test,
come such-and-such time-slot
to learn your score.

shamed, why add explicit punishment
to grueling sense of failure; didn't check.

in grade 12 he remarked (offhanded exasperation)
why's your math grade low? why wouldn't you
take final year? yours was one of the top scores.

now he mentions? graded on a bell curve was it?

how to undo years of loop thought:
I like it but can't do it, move on.

then stymied. still self-battery ("coward") pattern
over not checking.

as friend is apt to challenge me
when I recognize an obstacle:
so what are you going to do about it?

recognize faster,
deft, gentle firm, redirect.

succeed at anything I love. crack the system
choose, persist

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