Monday, August 28, 2006

Monday Memories

Memories of School

I saw this meme at Cathy Knits, and it is supposed to be for Friday, but I’m moving it to my Monday Memories. Cathy is a teacher and her school started August 4!

1. What is your earliest memory of school?

I attended kindergarten in Alameda, California, and I remember a lot about it. It was a one floor plan with canopies outside joining the buildings. We were given milk in small bottles which tasted wretched--why I don’t know, because I like milk. There were African American and Filipino children in my class and I’d never seen either being from rural Illinois.

2. Who was a favorite teacher in your early education?

Miss DeWall was my third grade teacher in Forreston, Il and my favorite. None of my classmates remembered her so I finally contacted her cousin (my age and also a teacher) to confirm it wasn’t just my imagination that she was so wonderful, kind and funny.

3. What do you remember about school “back then” that is different from what you know about schools now?

My first grade teacher would yank on my braids if I got my face too close to my work, and would tie a towel around my head if I talked out of turn. I don’t think that would be allowed today, nor was it appropriate then--other teachers didn’t behave that way. Special needs children were in the classrooms, but often didn’t stay in school because there was no work at their level and they weren't treated well. However, I remember a 16 year old in a 7th grade class. The female teachers all wore suits or dresses and high heels. Classrooms were much quieter. The music teacher served many schools in the district and we'd do a fabulous production once a year; there were no art classes except what the classroom teacher provided in any school I attended, K-12.

4. Did you have to memorize in school? If so, share a poem or song you learned.

We did some memorization, but not a lot. It’s one of the lacks that makes me wonder when the "golden age" of education was. I was always impressed that my mother, who went to school in the 1920s, could recite "Hiawatha" while we were doing dishes. I do remember some songs we learned, like Yankee Doodle, Waltzing Matilda and Home on the Range.

5. Did you ever get in trouble at school? Were there any embarrassing moments you can share?

See above. I was always talking out of turn. Still do. I was a real mess in first grade. I’m living proof you can have a bad start, and still love school. We’d moved in mid-year, and in my new school I stood up to look at someone else’s paper because we were “spelling,” and I was clueless. Although we were reading at the first school, we hadn’t started writing down words as the teacher spoke them aloud. I also had to stay after school one time until I could tell my teacher what a paragraph was. In 2001 my Dad drove me through a cemetery where her gravestone was--but she hadn’t died yet! I think she was over 100 years old when she died a year or two ago.

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Anonymous said...

Those are some good memories. School back then was so different, but we were more respectful towards our teachers than some of the kids are today.

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Anonymous said...

Ah, sweet memories. I don't remember so many things from the early schooldays. Probably because I never liked school. I had no problem, just thought it was boring...

Today I blame it on the teachers, they were bad. They didn't had the ability to catch our interest.

There really is so many interesting things to learn, but you can always make them boring if you aren't interested in what you're teaching out....

Anonymous said...

This is a great MM. I like the questions they really make you think! I have lots of good memories from elementary school after that I became a teenager!! Great share.

Mine is up! Happy Monday!

Ramblins of a middle-aged goddess said...

Thanks for visiting today!! You have a lot of memories..good for you. You sound like you were a fun kid. I got into trouble once in first grade and from then on I tried to be the best that I could. I hate being yelled at and still!!

Chelle Y. said...

That is a great Meme! I think I am going to "steal" this one from you! :)

Loved your memories too!

The Shrone said...

School is so different now even from when I attended, which doesn't feel that long ago! Many more kids are being homeschooled and I just wish that this had been popular when I was at a schooling age. I think I would have faired much better. Great MM!

Lazy Daisy said...

My first grade report card says, "Can't keep her hands off other children!" Boy did my kids have a great time with that one. Sorry I'm is so daily!


Reading your post made me remember by school days too. I can still clearly recall them. I started grade 1 till 4th year high school only in one school so that makes me remember most of the memories.
Mine is up too.