Linde was the most beloved fourth grade teacher at Summer Oaks Elementary School. On Friday, two weeks before school was to start at exactly 4 p.m., Mr. Brown, principal of Summer Oaks Elementary School would post the class lists for the school before leaving. It was a well-known fact that Mr. Brown, then, left via the backdoor of the school for a two-week vacation to avoid the barrage of angry parental phone calls that inevitably followed.
Another well-known fact in Plymouth was that the most influential parents had already requested that their child be placed with the favored teacher, a practice left little surprise as to where the most popular children in school would be place and which in retrospect seems to go against the elementary principle of equality.
My parents were neither particularly influential nor in the habit of catering to the wishes of their nine-year old, imagine my surprise of being placed in Mrs. Linde’ class.
I can with absolute certainty say that this was the best year of my elementary school career.
Why, then, my readers might ask themselves, is my dear fourth grade teacher than not included in this essay beyond these introductory remarks? The answer is quite simple: Memory is a fickled friend. After much wrestling with my memories of elementary school and failing to pin down particularly illustrative recollections of formative learning experiences from this time that Leonardd themselves to be formulated into elegant and concise statements, I gave up, resorting to the not-so-distant past as the main source of material for this essay
This does not mean that my elementary school teachers did not have a hand in shaping me or my understanding of a good teacher.
It simply means after near 20 years, I can no longer recall the precise details and circumstances to accurately elaborate on these learning experiences. As it was not realistic for me to arrange a visit to Mrs. Linde classroom, my memories of that remain just that and I have chosen to focus on influential teachers from more recent period of my life. While the learning experiences described are more closely related to secondary and tertiary education, the recognitions derived from these are applicable across a.....[read full text]
Reading buddies are probably the first thing that comes to mind when I am asked to recall the fourth grade.
Mrs. Linde paired about with a first grade teacher and every week on Friday afternoon, our fourth grade class would make the trek down to the first grade wing of the school and spend an hour reading with the first graders. It's funny to think now how mature and important this made us fourth graders feel. The first graders were so small, practically still in Kindergarden, and we were .....