Kids filled the hallway. Eventually four other students entered my classroom and took their seats, three boys and a girl. They spoke with each other in whispers while giving me the eye. In my old school, kids were mostly wound up at the start of a class, boisterous, making it tough for the teacher to get everyone settled down. Not so here. Nobody acted out.
A small man with a dark complexion walked into class and closed the door behind him. The man glanced my way, walked to a cabinet, and withdrew a tablet computer. He laid it on my desk. "My name is Mr. Abhijeet, the academy's math teacher," he said in a heavy Indian accent which really made me concentrate because I had trouble understanding. He spelled his name on the white board for me. "This is Algebra class. The tablet is yours, Sing, while you remain a student here. Use it to take notes and also to access the academy web site where you will find assignments and a student handbook."
Was he kidding me? A new tablet computer for every student to use? My old school was lucky to have one old computer in the back of each room.
"Class, this is Sing. I'm sure you will make him feel welcome."
The kids all looked at me expressionless.
"Today we have a quiz," Mr. Abhijeet proclaimed. To me, he said, "You take the quiz, too. I realize this is your first day, but the results will help me to evaluate what you have already learned in comparison with the rest of the class."
Right. This class was likely far ahead of anything I had been taught.
"You may begin," he said.
I sat there feeling stupid. Where was the quiz? Glancing around, I noticed the kids working with their tablets. Mr. Abhijeet stood at my side. "The entire school curriculum, including quizzes and tests, are accessed from the academy website." He took a few minutes to show me how to navigate the device and find the quiz.
I thanked him and began reading over the questions. To my surprise, I realized that I had already mastered everything on this quiz. It consisted of ten simple problems involving the solving for X given Y and the slope of a line. It took no time for me to finish, and I hit the "submit" button.
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The Story of SingTeen Fiction
[2018 Wattys Short List] - Sixteen-year-old Sing strives to do well in school so that he can find a decent job and provide a better life for his crippled mother and younger brother, Jacko. That goal becomes derailed when Sing is falsely accused of a...