My First Essay

720 words - 3 pages

My First Essay

My Personal Essay

I walked into the first class that I have ever taught and confronted utter chaos. The four students in my Latin class were engaged in a heated spitball battle. They were all following the lead of Andrew, a tall eleven-year-old African-American boy.

Andrew turned to me and said, "Why are we learning Latin if no one speaks it? This a waste of time."

I broke out in a cold sweat. I thought, "How on Earth am I going to teach this kid?"

It was my first day of Summer bridge, a nationwide collaborative of thirty-six public and private high schools. Its goal is to foster a desire to learn in young, underprivileged students, while also exposing college and high-school students to teaching. Since I enjoy tutoring, I decided to apply to the program. I thought to myself, "Teaching can't be that difficult. I can handle it." I have never been more wrong in my life.

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" I told him that if he asked me in Latin to do something, I would do it as long as he would do the same. With this agreement, I could teach him new words outside the classroom, and he could make his teacher hop on one foot in front of his friends. Andrew eventually gained a firm grasp of Latin.

Family night occurred during the last week of Summerbridge. We explained to the parents what we had accomplished. At the conclusion, Andrew's mom thanked me for teaching him Latin. She said, "Andrew wanted to speak Latin with someone, so he taught his younger brother."

Throughout Franz Kafka's short story "The Metamorphosis" the main character Gregor undergoes many mental and physical changes. He is just a normal man in a normal family who wakes in what he thinks is a dream at first, but then has to come to terms with that he really is now a giant living insect. Gregor is a traveling salesman who comes home only every once and a while, but after he wakes one morning and realizes that he is a insect his life goes on a down word spiral that not even he can end up controlling.

Gregor's family life was nothing out of the ordinary but also was not the best of times. His Father did not work cause he got himself into financial problems. "Gregor works as a traveling salesman- a situation he dislikes. He wants to quit his job, but the pressure to support his family and pay off his bankrupt father's business debts keeps him trapped in his career" (instructors manual). He is the only one in his family who works, because his Mother has bad asthma, and his sister is to young, which leaves his income as the only in the house. Gregor had a close relationship with his sister Grete, but with his parents it was different. He was on the road most of the time so he only stopped by to stay the night, while he was in the neighborhood. Gregors self esteem was not on the high side. He regretted the fact that he had to work this horrible job just because of his father; he was not married and did not even have a girlfriend. His life kind of seemed like it was standing still until this morning when it happened to take a turn, which was unexpected by Gregor and also to everyone else.

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