“My Favourite Teacher”

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So as I stepped in 8th standard I was worried if my “Best friend” would remain in the same class or not. But more than that I was worried about who  might be my class teacher, probably because I could make new friends in that class but obviously not change my class teacher. So, now the time came when we had to separate, yes, I was separated from my best friend. As I entered into my new class I went and sat on the chair next to someone from my previous class(7th). My heart started beating rapidly because the time had come to see who was my class teacher. And, there she was, coming with a register, smiling enthusiastically. We all stood up and wished her Good morning ! Of course she knew none of us and I didn’t know her name. So she started describing herself and what she was going to teach. Her name is Leema(Ma’am). On the first day itself we started studying maths, the most difficult subject for me. We opened our textbooks and she started teaching, something about fractions. She asked us for few examples. Some of them answered her and were some good examples, but none of them thought about the most real life example, marks. I raised my hand, stood up, hesitated but answered her! She appreciated me by saying “Very good”. (This was the first question I had ever answered her). The words were very simple, but I wanted to hear them very often. So, I went back home and started learning all the formulae. The next day when ma’am asked if anyone knows the formulae, no one stood up, except me. I stood up and spoke, she looked quite impressed and yet again said “Very good”. This was the time from when I started taking maths seriously, learning all the formulae was interesting, because I knew that ma’am would appreciate me. So, my 8th standard went smoothly and happily. Now I was promoted to IX. Wondering who would be my class teacher, that year too Leema ma’am became my class teacher. I was beyond happy! The year started nicely and I got an ‘A2’ in maths, so ma’am was quite happy with my performance and told my parents about it.  But……the second FA was horrible, though it was a 10 mark paper and I got 3.5 only. I cried. As if everything was ruined. But not a single time did my ma’am scolded me, she said, “Venessa, this is not the end, you still have half yearly”. I stopped crying, went to her and promised that I’ll score good marks next time. She smiled. Though I didn’t score that well in the half yearly as well, I got good marks in finals! So, IX standard too ended. Now, I was promoted to X. Hoping that She’ll become my class teacher again I went inside the class. But I was wrong, this time she wasn’t my class teacher, but simply, my maths teacher! But I was thankful for at least she would still come in my class and teach. This year I had scored much better than before. But, when the year was about to end and boards were near, our school held an extra “FA” or revision tests to make us perfect. I gave my maths test, and it was worst of all! I knew that I’ll not be able to pass. So, I decided to go to Leema ma’am and talk about my problem. She very sweetly came out from the staff room, smiling and hugged me slightly. I asked if she was busy. But she said no. So, I asked her if she could talk to me about my problem. Then she asked me to sit on a chair and sat on the other, with a bundle of papers. OH MY GOD. I thought to myself! She took out my paper, and there it was 6.5/25. But, surprisingly this time I didn’t cry. I thought, what is the need to cry anyway? Its not gonna help me, or change my past. So controlling my emotions I accepted the truth and listened to her. Starting from the first till the last question, she told me my mistakes. And that too so gently and happily, not harshly. I was so overwhelmed, I mean which teacher does that? From that day, I had only one motive, to work hard, to score good marks in boards, for her. After the board results, my maths GP was the lowest I.e, 8/10, I wanted it to be the highest. But, when I called and told her about this, she was so happy! She told me “Venessa, you really did work hard, isn’t it?”. That was it. I thought that though my GP is not highest, but I actually did something to make her happy. I was never “very good” or “very bad”, I was just OK in maths, but still she loved me dearly. And that’s what makes her different from others. And that’s why I love her so much and this is the reason why I call her my favourite teacher. Because she believed in me, in my capabilities and my strengths. She loves me for who I am and not what I was trying to become. If you’re reading this ma’am, I just want to tell you, you are very special to me, and I will remember you wherever life takes me. At the end, I would like to put one of my quote:

“A teacher is not only who teaches you the respective subject, but also teach you how to live in this world merrily”

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  1. Ven πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ ur sprit should be appreciated gud one ur thoughts and emotions fr Leema mam are too gud I know all about this u luv LeemA mam u have come to class 11 but then also u remember mam u always want to meet mam in free period luv u my best frnd

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  2. Ohh my God Venessa how can you live the exact life which I had from my 9th standard! It OK initially but in SA1 of 9th I got E1 but I didn’t cried. But… The moment I met her in the PTM my tears didn’t listened to me! Then she holded my hand and made me realize that I can DO it! I then kept on improving! She used to say in every PTM with her hand action, “her graphs is going up!” With bigggg cutee smile. I never expected math after tenth but I think God wanted this bond to get more strongerπŸ˜„πŸ˜„ initially in 11th a new math teacher taught us (I wasn’t happy at all) but after we returned from summer break my friends surprised me by saying, ‘our this math teacher has left” n I was on the top of the universe😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊 My teacher started teaching us again!! yeahhh! You know on my b’day she called me (,for the first time!) N it was my friends plan n they kept it as a secret and Ma’am tooπŸ˜‚ this gift is the best till now! That conversation is still soo new! Then again I was getting OK marks but as you said, I too got 6.5/25 in FA! My eyes were filled with tears the whole time after she distributed the papers. I went to her n she said, “what is the need to cry? The whole time your eyes were wet! I know you put in soo much of efforts but sometimes it doesn’t come out well! But I have trust in you and God, he will reward you one day!! Then 12th began n I scored 15/15 in first paper with a very good!!! She was sooo happy and I was πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„ every time she looked towards me with a big smile and said, ” Finally I can see that smile back on your face”. Then journey was OK but preboards still gave a big shot! I got 36/100 n mistakes were so irrelevant. She too was annoyed this time but never scolded me(never!) Because she knows every bit of myself! She understands by just looking in my eyes. She discussed all the questions with me and was always ready to clear my doubts even if she wasn’t well! She was there for me always! See the reward, I got 75/100 this time in final boards. The moment I saw my result, I called her. I could feel her proud and happiness for me since it was a very tough paper! She said,”I’m very happy and satisfied. Now when are you coming to meet me. I also want a party!” (Heheheh!) It’s all because of her as I never took any tuitions!! All credit goes to her! And now we can’t meet regularly#school overπŸ˜«πŸ˜”πŸ˜” I miss her soo much and sometimes my eyes and heart just pour it out! I met her on 23rd May after 2months 8days n we had a longg conversation. She told me everything which no one else but your parents feel for us! I already have very less in life but I am blessed to have them! N she is on a special, very special place and will always be😘😘😘 I miss you ma’am!

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  3. Sorry went with the flowπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  4. That’s true we should always encourage and support others when ever they are in need. Also we should have faith in ourselves and believe that nothing is impossible in this world only need to show our efforts to achieve the Goals . Remember Bill Gates richest man . Rest you all know about him. Good going Venessa.

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  5. It is good to be thankful and to learn good things as you go on with life coz learning has no end.Good keep your spirit high my darling😊😘

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  6. Great post! I can totally relate with you on this, i mean come on its Leema mam we’re talking about! She’s one of the best teachers we’ve ever had. I really miss her this year, but its okay we were lucky to be taught by her for 3 consecutive years! Grateful for that πŸ™‚ , you described your love and respect for mam very beautifully! Hope she gets to read thisπŸ’•

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  7. Wow…I wish I knew some forum like this so I couldve written my feelings about Leema Ma’am too when I was a student. She has a heart of gold and I admire her. She has a skill to encourage and raise the spirit of students who need such a push. She is a gem. But Shonessa you did a brilliant thing of appreciating your Teacher coz not many do that. In today’s world people hardly take out time or have the willingness to say ‘Thank you’ or ‘Appreciate’ someone’s goodness and rather think of ways to use others. Nevertheless, Keep up your spirit and by doing such an act you have shown your brilliant character. Lots of love to you!!!

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  8. Nice postπŸ‘πŸ˜Š

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  9. K. Bellamy with a Purpose August 10, 2016 — 8:58 pm

    Man this reminded me of my all time favorite teacher. She saw the real me behind the mask and helped me soo much. She still helps me, I love her. She saw me at a low point in life and didn’t treat me like all others. I have an infinite amount of love, respect, and gratitude for her. She’s my hero. Thanks Fav Teach!

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