Is Homeroom teacher some who is responsible for nurturing the kids in the classroom? I thought so. It is one of many obligation of teacher and yet somehow it falls heavily to this particular kind of teacher.
I still remember how he introduced himself at our first session. He told us his name, his origin, his degree, and his address, which was in unknown area to me at that moment. He had some sense of humor and some of them were not simple that they required you to think about it before saw yourself either laughing or wondering how they could be even funny.
His subject was Mathematics, a subject which was easy for a few folks and hard for some other ones. Somehow he made it easy for everyone. He had eyes that saw every one of us and he knew each of our weaknesses. Sort of. He could even understand a mess the students were about to make about the subject and gave a proper way out. Well, this could be an overstatement but I thought of him that way.
He liked to make a competition during his session which sometimes rewarded us an earlier time to go home. He also scolded us if there was something unnecessary happened. I still remember one of my classmate was behaving inappropriate and now showing any kind of regret or remorse. He just quipped her. It was so sharp that she couldn’t present her argument. The same thing also happened to one of basketball team.
He had keen eyes which made us wonder if we could do any mischief without him knowing but even if we did, he usually didn’t step in until we crossed certain borders. That way we learned that we need to think deeply before we act, a behavior useful for our future.
It was March 22nd 2017 when he was relieved from his duty as a teacher. I would love to attend his farewell event but I was too late. I doubt anyone from my class would attend such thing. They have had a different life to live already. Guess I have to greet him personally later, when the time comes.