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Susan八年级校园生活(28)--给科学老师的信(希望你是好老师)

 

给科学课老师的信

 

Susan 小哭译

 

亲爱的S老师:

 

恭喜你新婚快乐!你的暑假听起来相当地有意义,无疑比我的有意义多了!如你一样,我对八年级也怀着激动的心情(虽然可能原因不同,比如像是新老师、比学校里其它的两个年级都大、初中生活的最后一年等等),但是我也怀念暑假。虽然暑假不是令人超级激动,但我还是非常地喜欢假期。

 

这个夏天,我主要就是宅在家里,睡觉和睡懒觉、阅读和写作什么的,能够从紧张与忙乱的学校生活中休息一下真是相当地放松。我也和家人一起度了一个假。我们开车回了摩顿(波士屯旁边的郊区)去看老朋友,还沿途在匹兹堡、华盛顿特区、费城和尼亚加拉大瀑布观光。那真是太棒了!我父母最喜欢的是参观旅游景点,而我最喜欢的则是回摩顿。我的朋友在我回去的夜晚开了一个欢迎归来的聚会。太温馨了!

 

我也和教会的青少年组去了芝加哥的一个贫困社区宣教。我们帮助那里的一个教会举办暑期儿童圣经学习班,还帮着修固老房子。我们在那儿住了五天!那可能是我离家在外最长的一次,相当地精彩!我觉得开心极了。

 

暑假就说这么多吧。下面让我来说说自己。我和父母五年前从中国搬来,那时我八岁。我们搬了很多次家——开始在芝加哥住了两个月,然后去了波士顿,接着又回到了大芝加哥地区(橡树园),最后去年冬天搬到了H村。我喜欢写作(不是书法,是创作),我写了很多东西;我也酷爱阅读;让我们看看还有什么别的……我喜欢油管子、去GOD-X(那是我的青少年组)、俄罗斯方块、画画儿、听音乐(特别是1D乐队和K流行大乐队);还有煎蛋饼。我真的真的不喜欢昆虫、虫子、蛾子、蝴蝶、蜜蜂等等。我喜欢学校的多数课程,体育课除外,我没有运动细胞。

 

我渴望在八年级的今年有一个新的开端。通常我是一个相当不错的好学生,但是不知怎么搞的,去年七年级时,我没有太认真地学习学校的功课(原因种种),再加上HMS比我想像的要难(除了这里,我以前的学校从没真的让我觉得有挑战性),结果我把七年级搞得很糟。我希望在八年级,能够再次专心学业,为高中做好准备。

 

我喜欢科学。科学非常地有趣儿。然而,我不喜欢一些老师的教课方法。我还没有过一个好的科学课老师,从……唉,我真的不知道怎么说。不知怎么回事儿,我的坏运气总是带给我(我和我的同学们)最糟糕的科学课老师。有一个老师非常地不讲道理,甚至有学生因为老师对他大声喊叫而哭了起来;还有一个甚至都不怎么懂科学,我在她的课堂上根本学不到东西;还有一个老师相当地无聊,所有她能做的就是用一个毫无变化的音调在那儿说啊说啊说;还有一个还不错,但是她讲话太快了,她的课堂进度太快了,学生们很难跟上她的节奏。去年在HMS,我有一个相当不错的科学课老师;今年,我希望也有一个好老师!我真的喜欢学习科学,但是我过去的多数老师令这事儿非常困难。

 

唉呀,我原来计划最多只写一页纸,但是现在,看起来要有一页半了!是我没规划好,写得太多了。我妈妈一直在想方设法让我只写那些重要的内容,可是在我看来,每件事儿都很重要!只写重点是我必须得学会的事情。说到学习,我盼望八年级在你的课堂上能够学到很多知识!现在该把暑假放在身后,开始为我在初中的最后一年做准备了!

 

你的学生

 

Susan

 

【小哭介绍背景】我昨天刚刚翻译了Susan写给数学老师的信,还有科学课上的一个实验记录小作业,那两篇小文又短又无趣儿,今天读这篇,眼前一亮!!其实这几篇小文都是Susan学校的作业,我不曾读过。所以读到她给科学课老师在开学之初写的这样一封信,不由得对她刮目相看!我不知道是她太有思想了,还是太不会揣摩别人的感受了。这样的信让我怎么也无法和昨天翻译那封给数学老师的极其平淡的信联系在一起!这哪像是同一孩子写的东西啊?看来她太渴望一个好的科学课老师了,并且丝毫也没有想到在开学初写这样的信是有一定的风险的。

 

Susan的文章中,我也为她一直没有遇到好的科学课老师感到痛心,并且非常地理解她对好老师的渴望。她曾经的一个科学课老师,在美国简直算是超级不称职,那个老师做了很多令人无法理解的事情。可是,那会儿Susan才来美国不久,我的精力还在帮她提高阅读和写作方面上,觉得没必要和一个科学课老师“叫劲儿”。要是换成现在的我,一定会到学校去投诉。Susan那时给我讲出来的堂上事件,让人简直怀疑老师不正常,这种“坏老师”怎么还会没有家长去投诉呢?那几个受到伤害的孩子的家长怎能无动于衷呢?幸亏那时Susan不是最不受老师待见的,不过也是排在前几个不招老师喜欢的,原因就是他们这几个孩子好奇心重,喜欢问关于科学方面的问题!Susan被我们教育得一直喜欢不耻下问,而她一直以来的经验也是问了通常都会有答案,不想在这个老师这儿则完全变了个样儿。

 

后来我有机会跟洛丽聊起那个老师,洛丽说,这个老师这么差的?我一直听说的是她有多么地好!据说这个老师对待某些需要特殊辅导的孩子非常地有耐心,还挺有办法的,洛丽还曾经介绍她的当老师的朋友找这个老师取过经。可是,Susan一直说的不是这个老师对弱势孩子的关照,而是对“聪明”孩子的打压。这个老师不允许学生“挑战”她,如果有人问一些难答的问题,她当场就会恼羞成怒,说学生扰乱课堂,故意和她做对儿等等。唉,幸亏年年换老师,否则真的够呛。不过这也从一个侧面体现出,美国的小学教育中,理工科老师的缺乏。要是有时间,我会找找那时的博客文章,我记得当年自己曾经记录过这个老师。开家长会的时候,我还努力地和这个老师沟通过,告诉她Susan酷爱科学,幸好,她没有专门针对过Susan。不过,这个老师的问题真不是可以靠沟通解决的,因为问题的症结在于她自身的业务水平不够又过于要面子。

 

Susan对于后来所有的科学课老师都这么地不满意,我还真的不知道。其实有的时候我还在心里窃喜,Susan天生逻辑思维好,同时又喜欢阅读和写作,好奇心和创造性都不错,对学校的功课好像哪科都挺喜爱的,没有出现明显的偏科现象。要是早知道科学课让她这么失望,我肯定早就挺身而出去充当半个科学课的老师了!其实她学到多少科学知识我还真是不太在乎,但是如果失去了对科学课的兴趣的话,那后果就严重了。

 

他们现在的科学课,事实上就是国内自然、生物、物理和化学等等这类理科课程的入门知识,这些内容多么地有趣味性啊。事实上Susan确实对这些充满了好奇心。上个月还专门带相机去学校,把科学课老师做的一个化学实验录下来给我们看。那些缤纷的色彩变化让她觉得神奇极了,而我丝毫没有表现出来吃惊则让她无比地失望。我说我中学的化学课一直都在看这些化学实验啊,我不但知道现象,我还知道原理呢:)当年我最喜欢的科目正是化学,妈妈这辈子都为当初没报化学专业而后悔。要是你喜欢化学,肯定是遗传自妈妈:)

 

上次的老师家长见面会,因为要带小宝,加上Susan在安排上的不合理,最后我只见到了ELA老师。科学课老师后来让Susan拿回家一张纸找家长签名,那本来是计划在见面会上让家长签字的,我当时就想其实应该见见科学课老师。要是早知道Susan还曾经给老师写过这样的一封信,那我怎么着也会去见见这个老师,听听老师对Susan的评价。Susan很喜欢现在这个科学课的老师,凭感觉,S老师应该是个非常不错的老师。反正,有料又有肚量的老师,肯定对于Susan这样的自我介绍是喜欢的,因为信息量很大。可是,Susan上来就赌自己这次遇到的是个好老师,还是满有点风险的。必竟,万一赌错了,一开学就招老师烦,那整个八年级都会受影响。感谢上帝,八年级的老师,简直个个都是好老师!

 

 

 

附上英文原文:

 

Dear Mrs. S

 

 

 

Congratulations on your marriage! Your summer sounds likes a pretty significant one, certainly more significant than mine! Like you, I’m excited about 8th grade (though probably for different reasons, like new teachers, being older than the two other grades in the school, last year of middle school, etc.), but I also miss my summer. Though it wasn’t super-exciting, I enjoyed it very much.

 

 

 

This summer, I mostly stayed at home, slept and woke up late, read books, and wrote stuff. It was very relaxing to be able to take a break from all the rush and hurry from school. I also went on a vacation with my family. We drove back to Malden (a suburb near Boston) to visit my old friends, and stopped at Pittsburgh, Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Niagara Falls along the way. It was awesome! My parents enjoyed visiting all the tourist attractions the most, while I enjoyed going back to Malden the most. My friends threw a welcome-back party for me on the night I got back. It was so sweet!

 

 

 

I also went on a missions trip to a poor neighborhood in Chicago with my youth group (from church). We helped host VBS with the church there, and helped around fixing the old building. We lived there (in the church) for five days! It was probably the longest I’ve spent away from home, and it was totally awesome! I had lots of fun.

 

 

 

Enough about summer. I should talk more about me. Me and my parents moved from China five years ago, when I was eight. We moved a lot— first to Chicago for two months, then to Boston, then back to Chiacagoland (Oak Park), and then to Village of H last winter. I like writing (not writing as in handwriting, writing as in creative writing), I write a lot. I’m also an avid reader. Let’s see, what else…I like YouTube, going to God-X (that’s my youth group), Rubik’s Cubes, drawing, listening to music (especially 1D and the K-pop band Big Bang), and egg omelets. I really, really, really dislike insects, bugs, moths, butterflies, bees, etc. I like most of my subjects in school, with the exception of gym. I’m really not a sporty person.

 

 

 

I’m looking forward a new start this year in 8th grade. I’m usually a pretty good student, but somehow, last year in 7th grade, I wasn’t focusing very much on my schoolwork (for various reasons). That plus the fact that HMS was harder than I’d thought (most of my schools before never really challenged me except for this one) made 7th grade a bad year for me. I’m hoping that in 8th grade, I’ll be able to concentrate my schoolwork again and set up a good start for high school.

 

 

 

I like science, it’s very interesting. However, I don’t like how some of my teachers have taught it. I haven’t had a good science teacher since… wow, I don’t really know. Somehow, my unfortunate luck landed me with the worst science teachers (me and my classmates). One was too unreasonable and even made a student cry by shouting at him. Another other didn’t even know that much about science, and I didn’t learn anything in her class. Another was super boring, all she does is talk and talk and talk in a monotonous voice. Another was alright, but she talked really fast and her class was really fast paced, and most of her students had a really hard time keeping up with her. Last year at HMS, I had a fairly good science teacher, and this year, I’m hoping for a good one as well! I really like learning about science, but most of my past teachers have made it difficult.

 

 

 

Uh-oh. I had planned for this to be at most one page, but now, it looks like it’s going to be a page and a half! That’s the problem with me, I write too much, and my mom’s been trying to get me to only write about what’s important. But the way I see it, everything is important! That’s something I have to learn. Speaking of learning, I’m looking forward to learning a lot in 8th grade and in your class! It’s time to leave summer behind, and get ready for my last year of middle school!

 

 

 

From your student,

 

Susan

 

 

 

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温连军的头像
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Susan 是一个有想法、有追求、有文采的孩子。孩子不成熟就鼓励、引导、、、、、、。老师、家长会也有功课。

国外的教育真是大不一样。

求上帝赐福、带领。

 
周小哭的头像
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是的,谢谢上帝的赐福。

 
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