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FC: My Memoir on Education By: Sophie Viale

1: Table of contents 1. A time line of grades 1-8 2. Memories of Nigeria, Africa. 3. Memories of China. 4. Memories of arriving in Bucharest, Romania. 5. What I have learned over the past nine years. 6. My credo about education. | This is an image of my school logo (AISG) in Guangzhou, China.

2: Grade 1: Moved to China from Geneva, started tutoring with Ms. Kingham, she helped me the next four years overcome my difficulties. Grade 2: I loved my new school because it was right across the street from my house. Grade 3: I remember the first presentation I did in front of the whole school (about Joan of Arc) I was very nervous. Grade 4: While I was in grade four in China, we had to go back to France because of SARS. I was homes schooled the rest of the year and came back when everything cleared up in China. Grade 5: This was the first time I had a man as a Teacher! And the first time I had a yearlong project (PYP exhibition) Grade6: I moved from China to Romania, at the beginning of the year I had to go on an integration trip with the whole grade (the first time I was away from home) Grade 7: I really enjoyed this year because in English class, as a unit we did literature circles which I loved. Grade 8: I really enjoyed this year because I have a great time in each of my classes and my Teachers are all great! | Memories from Grades 1-8

3: This is a: Student- Led Conference- A Note From Your Parent slip. After I finished my student-led conference, my Parents would give me feedback on this slip given to them by my third grade teacher.

4: I liked to go to school when I started because I used to go there to pick up Marine, my older sister. I was very proud to join the American International School of Lagos and to finally be able to wear the PE uniform. I had to change schools many times due to my Father's job which was difficult for me in the beginning because I had to get used to new teachers, country, house and friends. | Guangzhou, China

5: This is a picture of me (in grade 3) working independently.

6: My first school memory is how I felt a morning in Kindergarten arriving in class wearing my pair of slippers. My Mom had the woken up late and rushed the three of us to school. She realized she left my outdoor shoes at home! I was really upset.How would I be able to play in the playground? My Mom told teacher about her mistake and luckily enough it was a rainy day and we had indoor recess! | Africa, Nigeria

7: Another memory is from the same school year, the first day of school my Mom introduced herself to the teacher Mrs. Kay, I was really impressed and shy. I used to suck my thumb, when the teacher noticed it she told me I was not allowed to in school! I was desperate the only thing that reassured me was to suck my thumbSo what I did too try and stop sucking my thumb was sitting on my hands! | Africa, Nigeria

8: When I got home from school, I would eat a snack and my Mom would help me do my homework, and only once I was done with it ,my Mom let me go outside to play with my friends. I started Math tutoring when I was in first grade with Ms. Kingham; she helped me the five years I lived in China. I really enjoyed studying with her because she taught me how to understand math problems in depth as well as helping me be more confident | Guangzhou, China

9: In April 2005 (when I was in third grade) while still in China, SARS was a big issue. The company my Father worked for advised my Mom, my two sisters and I to go back to France until SARS was over. Unfortunately my Father had to stay because of his work. The school had prepared packages of work for each student that had to leave. I finished the school year in Lille at my Grandparents house with an English speaking tutor; it was the first time I went to school at home and was in the same “class” as my two sisters. We were able to go back to Guangzhou in August (at the beginning of the school year) when SARS was over.

10: After I arrived in Bucharest in sixth grade, I had to adapt to a new country and a new school. When I visited the school, the secondary school principal told me that I had to go on a school trip in September. I was not happy at all and really did not want to go. A week before the departure, my Mom and I were already in tears. The day I had to leave before going to school, we decided to cry at home and to be strong at school, and this was the first time I was leaving home and my family. Once the bus had left, I was fine and having fun with new friends. I will always remember my first trip away from home.

11: My new school logo AISB

12: I think that I became what I am today by looking up to my older sister, I always noticed: the decisions she made, how she acts and what she believes. My sister and my Dad helped me formulate my opinion on education, I have learned a lot from my sister such as: learning from the mistakes she made or tips she gives me to do well. I have also learned a lot from My Dad, he has always told me that with hard work I would do very well.

13: I have so far been very lucky with my teachers; I have learned many new skills and tricks from them. I had trouble in elementary school so had to get extra help, I think that this extra help helped me a lot because now I think I am doing well in school.

14: My Credo about education I think my credo is a result of everything my friends, family and teachers have taught me about education. When I think about education the first thing or idea that strikes my mind is the knowledge gain, I believe that education gives us knowledge about the world around us and develops us in a perspective of looking at life. I think that education helps you build opinions and have points of view on any topic. I also think education is important because it helps us build confidence and enables us to take decisions and face life but also accept successes and failures.

16: Throughout grades 1-5, I had difficulty with my writing skills (punctuation, spelling, and vocabulary so had a course called: Extra English. We were about ten kids who worked hard while the rest of the class had a language course. I enjoyed this class because whatever I learned in extra English, I would use it anyway to help me. I think that when I am weak in a subject, I work double as hard to improve and become better. I am really glad because my English has improved a lot over the past few years ! I think extra English helped me a lot and taught me a lot. | Extra English (Grade 1-6)

17: This book is a book I received in Extra English, it has everything you need to know about good studying. This book has given me good study skills which have helped me prepare for tests and exams.

18: Over these past nine years, I have learned many different skills which I have applied anywhere I can (reading and re-reading texts until I understand what I am asked to do or highlighting key information). I think I have learned a lot about myself and how I learn best, moving around is not difficult for me anymore because I am used to it now and can adapt easily and quickly. I am glad to be able to live in different countries because I can experience new things.

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