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Analysis of "I Just Want to Be Average"

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A Log in the River:
An Analysis of “I Just Wanna to Be Average”
It’s a typical Monday morning. The alarm goes off and you roll over to get an extra five minutes of sleep. Eventually, your mom comes down and pulls you out of bed because you are going to be late for school. You drag yourself to class and the day passes you by. I agree with Mike Rose that having a strong mentor or dedicated teacher changes one’s outlook on education and success in class. The effect a strong mentor or dedicated teacher has on students is shown in “I Just Wanna Be Average,” an excerpt from Lives on the Boundary by Mike Rose. Rose is a professor at UCLA, an award winning author, and educational expert. Teachers are like the water in a lake, and students are like the boats. The higher the water level, the higher the boat will be. When the lake decreases in depth the boats will sink lower. The analogy shows “Students float to the mark you set” (Rose 164). There are many examples of when I have floated to the mark set by my teachers throughout my education. Some were highly skilled and others were there to just give the lesson and go home at the end of the day. My experience with teachers that had no vested interest in their students was sub par. I dreaded classes with teachers that were not enthusiastic about teaching. Ms.Wennel was my Spanish teacher throughout high school. She was having family problems and her mind was pre-occupied with everything but teaching Spanish. Ms.Wennel was never available after school to help students if they were having trouble. Eventually I acquired the same mentality she had: get there, do what I had to do, and get out. The mark she set was low and that affected my mentality. On the other hand, the classes that I enjoyed and learned the most were the ones with highly motivated and skilled teachers. My sophomore English teacher just received her masters from James Madison University. Ms.Mulner came into school everyday with a smile...