Fits English Class
“After an argument, I think of all the awesome things I could have said”
If I had two words to describe English class this year I would choose “questionably difficult”, or maybe “possibly hard”. But that’s just from my point of view. Because it wasn’t very hard for me. I mean sure I got a B- on the first term because I forgot to post my final literary analysis essay the day before the term ended. Or spent a whole class trying to come of with themes from Tom Sawyer but really just thinking about what’s for lunch. Those are the main reasons for my exclamation of the class being “possibly” or “questionably” difficult. Because you have to put the work into it no matter how laid back it may seem.
One instance I want to bring up was when fits offered us extra credit if we commented on like ten blog posts or posted an extra independent blog post. I remember him saying at the beginning of the year,
“It’s shameful to get anything less than a B in this class, you just have to put in some work because English isn’t actually that difficult”
Or something like that. But I took this as an open door to relax. This caused me to not try very hard during class and homework’s. I didn’t think that I had to do extra credit because of how easy the class was. I didn’t even really check my grades that often because I didn’t think I had to. And I didn’t ask for help because I didn’t really think I had to. Which reminds me of Mr. Fits’s famous quote,
“Give a damn and figure it out”
And I didn’t. So I didn’t do the extra credit assignments even though in any other class I would have jumped at the chance. And this backfired badly because I ended up getting some of my worst grades because of English class. As a matter of I never even checked my English grade for the first term until the last two weeks of school. I was upset, but I knew I deserved it.
During class I tried to stay quiet as the same for most of my classes but English was a special a case. It can be described by the famous saying,
“Boys will be boys”
And so it was. Our class constantly running around and yelling at each other. It definitely added to the theme of our class. Which was no doubt “distraction”. An ordinary start of class started with some of the quiet kids walking in and quietly sitting down at the large table. Then some more kids walk or run in causally yelling at each other. Some kid writhing floor. Students wrestling with each other. Someone just pulled a chair from under someone else. Fits comes in. The class goes quiet as he casually sends some students to Mr. Irwin’s office (head of upper school), the lasting kids sit at the table silently morning the loss of about half the class. I heard one kid quote,
“I wonder who next will fall to the plague, I bet it will be you”
Yet, this happens pretty much every day. I think it’s fair to say it describes the integrity of our class.
I’m part of sad to see this year end. And I’m upset with myself to admit it. I think this year ended right. And on time. But still I’m very exited for next year to see what it has to offer.