My name has been passed along for consideration for an exhibition of writing, not a big exhibition as in National, but exponentially bigger in regards that one has even been considered.
My writing, has in the past, been subject to ridicule in one form or another. The only times I got detention was for my spelling or punctuation. English Literature was rejected as a subject, by the teacher, due to my inability to make legible a dip fountain pen. And ones attempt to further my writing skills at a creative writing class had me pulled to one side and told my English was not up to standard, I never went back, It was supposed to be a fun class.
So here one is, my writing’s being praised, especially my poems, and with it comes a kind of empowerment. One may not believe that my writing is good enough to win competitions, but it is good enough to be a contender, a far cry from where I was at the start of the blogging process.
The start of the journey was to ‘get out’ thoughts and feelings, to rid myself of demons in a way. It has adapted to thinking deeply about emotional connections to circumstances locked away in ones past, and to see how those patterns are now effecting the present. Some dots are connected quickly and some need more ‘digging’, but it is supposed to be the journey that matters.
One thing is for certain, I believe that Miss Ross, and I am sure it had a H in it (Rhoss), was the best english teacher I had.
To prove a point, though a point is not needed, I have been looking at my old term book. Here are the differences in my educational history – teacher reports for english…
- Feb 83, Andrew has made a satisfactory start to this years work.
- July 83, Andrew has worked hard and has made some progress.
- Then came along the teacher one does not have fond memories of.
- Jan 84, Good- Andrew has worked hard and made pleasing progress. He must however improve his spelling and handwriting.
- July 84, Spelling and handwriting show little improvement and are now sadly having a serious effect on his results. Oral work is very good indeed. (Why does this end statement seem like it was total surprise?)
- Along comes the split to Lit.(the above teacher) and Lang. (Miss Ross . Miss Ross also does the reports from now on.
- Feb 85, Andrew genuinely tries hard – but his spelling is weak. He should read as widely as possible – This would help!
- July 85, Andrew has achieved a very pleasing grade within his group in Language. He will not however be continuing the G.S.E. Literature course.
- Jan 86, Andrew has always worked extremely hard and has produced some good work within this group, throughout this course.
I highlighted the two reports, nope, there is nothing outstanding about any of them, to show the two completely different approaches to teaching. The fist is to hammer away – “you will do it this way!!!” and the second is to find the way that best suited the student. My way was to read, a lot.
I have always found solace in a library; could this be due to the fact Miss Ross’s class – was held in the school library?