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Tabitha Hawthorne
It's quite a tricky thing...
Sat Aug 4, 2018 09:48
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When Tabitha had signed up for the job of teaching, she had not been quite prepared but for all the issues and problems that came with it. Perhaps rather naively, she had only expected that her biggest issues would be disruptive students in class or somebody not turning in the assigned homework. As it turned out, those issues were just the very tip of the iceberg. When she had first been employed, she had spend the vast majority of her time with the previous Defence professor, Daniel Nash. It was there when a whole world of problems was opened up to Tabitha.

The biggest issue, in particular, was that there was a half-veela roaming the halls of Sonora who also happened to be in Tabitha's Intermediate class where the topic of Veelas was on the curriculum. It was a completely unavoidable situation and it would be remiss of her to simply gloss over the subject like it didn't matter but it was something that, if Tabitha didn't handle it properly and carefully, could make a sensitive and delicate situation a lot worse.

Tabitha had spent a lot of time trying to prepare for the difficult lesson ahead, pouring over books and makes pages and pages of notes and trying to make sure that she covered all bases. She had also scrawled on several pages, several methods that she could use to teach the sensitive material, including 'bring in a veela'. That, however had been fiercely crossed out with 'NO!' written at the side of it. That had clearly been a moment of desperation and Tabitha was trying hard to forget that it had even been written there.

She had expected a visit from Selina sooner rather than later to come and check on her progress and when they had passed in the halls earlier that day, Tabitha had been made aware that the Deputy Headmistress would definitely be dropping by her office after dinner. Tabitha had eaten dinner quickly and retreated in her office to try and make some sense of the absolute mess that covered her desk.

She had just about managed to get her notes, papers and books in some kind of recognisable order when she heard the expected knock on her door which then opened to reveal Selina herself. Tabitha welcomed her in and didn't begin until the Deputy Head had seated herself.

"Well, it's certainly been a challenge," she told her, then mentally cursed herself for stating the obvious. Of course it had been a challenge, that's why Selina was there in the first place. Tabitha sighed and tried to collect her thoughts before starting again.

"I think the biggest problem is going to be the preconceptions that the students are going to have. I have no doubts that at least some of them - and I include Cleo in this - will have read ahead in the textbook or come across the subject by accident. Unfortunately, I find the textbook to be rather... inadequate by itself. What I would like to do is give an initial lecture, using information from both the textbook and my own personal journals. Following that, I'd like to engage the students in a 'silent discussion'. By this I mean I would like to give the students the chance to anonymously write their views on the topic, put them into a box or a container of some kind and we can tackle them one-by-one without the threat of a student being attacked or singled out for their views."

She paused for a moment, feeling that she was at least on the right lines of thought, even if it wasn't quite perfect. It would be nicer to pretend that Veelas didn't pose any threat, that the students could just wander through the rest of their lives without worry of encountering one but Tabitha knew that to make light of the situation would be poor teaching and insulting and it would also leave the students unprepared. Tabitha did not want to do that.

"I will not insult the students by pretending that there isn't a threat. They will need to know how to protect themselves against Veelas, particularly seeing as there is a risk, however small it is, that the person who is their classmate, their friend, could lose control. It would be foolish of me to leave them unprepared and defenceless in that instance. I will give them all the knowledge that I can on how to protect themselves but I also want them to have balanced views and I'm hoping that I'll be able to achieve that."

  • Regarding veelaDH Skies, Sat Aug 4 02:10
    The fact that veela were on the curriculum for this year was a point that had been made clear both to Cleo and to Tabitha. It was to be a theory lesson (Selina did not even what to try to imagine... more
    • It's quite a tricky thing... — Tabitha Hawthorne, Sat Aug 4 09:48
      • Yup. Good luckDH Skies, Sat Aug 4 22:02
        “That seems like a good plan,” Selina nodded, pleased with the overall structure of the lesson plan, “So, during the discussion - students are free to comment on each other’s opinions, or critique... more
        • I think I'm going to need it. Tabitha Hawthorne, Sat Aug 4 22:59
          Tabitha was relieved when Selina seemed to agree and like what the Defence professor had come up with. That was the first obstacle that she'd managed to get over. What seemed to be the next issue was ... more
          • I think we all areDH Skies, Wed Aug 8 07:14
            “Well… At least it’s something,” Selina nodded, when the Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher admitted that defence against this particular subject was particularly lacking. She searched for... more
            • Luckily, there seems to be a potion for that. Tabitha Hawthorne, Wed Aug 8 11:50
              Tabitha leaned back in her chair with a sigh. There was a throbbing pain beginning to make itself known in her temples and she resisted the urge to groan. When Selina had told her about Cleo, Tabitha ... more
              • Yes. It's called 'wine.' DH Skies, Fri Aug 10 09:49
                “She has a tendency towards fire when upset,” Selina noted, as Tabitha mused on the likelihood of Cleo going into harpie mode. She was somewhat surprised by Tabitha’s suggestion that Cleo would never ... more
                • Shall we share a bottle?Tabitha Hawthorne, Sun Aug 12 15:49
                  Tabitha couldn't help but wince at the mention of fire. The thought always reminded her of some incidents throughout her travels that had been a bit too hot and close for comfort and she didn't just... more
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