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Professor Grayson Wright
Unlocking your potential (Charms I-II).
Fri Jun 23, 2017 23:09

In most ways, the Advanced classes were proving the hardest for Gray to adjust to teaching. For one thing, he was to some extent bluffing when he spoke confidently on the more, well, highly advanced aspects of the theory, and for another, the Advanced classes were the ones where he knew he was being compared directly with Daniel Nash, who had always been a much more…Aladren-y…Aladren than Gray had. Daniel Nash had been covered up in badges and glory when they had been in school together. Grayson Wright’s adolescent version of a good day had been not being covered in grass stains because either the guy who was his cousin Anne’s childhood best friend/other surrogate brother/occasional stalker or the guy who, unbeknownst to them all, had been said cousin Anne’s future husband had knocked him off his broom with a Bludger at Quidditch practice again.

In other ways, though, the Beginners were the most difficult group, and this was mostly because of the students themselves. Quite apart from a teenaged first year Aladren, a number of Pecaris, his new suspicion of Teppenpaws in general after what he’d heard about two perfectly innocuous-looking intermediates after conversing with other professors, and the general havoc that eleven-year-olds with wands could wreak, there were two students who knew people who knew him. Gray himself had even seen one of them a few times before. If Winston Pierce and Amelia Layne ever found these facts out, he was pretty sure they would react with such a total lack of respect for his authority that they’d cause the whole class to implode faster than his general thoughts on Teppenpaws had in his first week here.

So far, however, Amelia and Winston had failed to turn the class against him, and so Gray got to call the class to order at least one more time. He was not sure being a grown-up at Sonora was ever going to feel quite natural, especially not with two of his former classmates running around here as well, but it was already becoming less weird than it had been when he’d first arrived, an early-spring replacement for a long-term substitute replacing a professor who’d left at midterm.

“Morning, everyone,” he said. The Beginners were his first class of the day. He supposed this was preferable to other options; he didn’t think Beginners were old enough yet to drink coffee and therefore be properly awake at 8:00 a.m. “I hope no-one forgot, but your notes over chapter fifteen are due today, so drop them in the homework basket on your way out if you didn’t do that before class.”

Gray did not plan to be overly demanding about the notes he asked them to take over new chapters. Testing their handwriting, sentence formation, and such wasn’t his goal, and the books he’d read about teaching large numbers of people said that one had to focus on the educational goal. In this case, the educational goal was threefold: first to ensure they studied, or at least copied off someone who did, second to have them write information from the text down in their own words because this was supposed to make it stick in their heads better, and third to allow him to see if they understood the concepts. There was also a fourth goal, technically – giving homework that let him make all the marks he needed to make in the gradebook and which required less effort on his part than cooking up large numbers of novel worksheets and essay topics on the short notice of a first year teacher – but this wasn’t strictly speaking an educational objective and so Gray carefully avoided mentioning it to anyone.

“If you did that, you, uh, probably suspect we’re going to work on the charms which lock and unlock doors today,” continued Gray. “If you do suspect that, you’re right. These two spells are easy to learn, but the locking charm is one you can build up strength in casting. Today, you might be able to lock a door for five minutes before the spell fades. By the time you leave Sonora, a first year’s unlocking charm shouldn’t work against a door you lock.”

He raised his wand and drew a shape, like a rectangle with the side pointing left still open. Instead of rising to meet his first line, the end dropped sharply downward. This same shape appeared on the blackboard. “This is Colloportus,” he said. “The locking charm. Everyone say that together with no wands in three – two – one. Col-lo-por-tus.” Inability to clearly articulate words had caused Gray more than his fair share of difficulties in class when he’d been a student. “Its counter-charm is alohomora. Three-two-one - alow – ho – more – ah. Good. This counter-charm has a very easy wand movement, easier than Colloportus - it’s just like you’re drawing a backwards ‘s’ in the air.” He demonstrated and a drawing of this appeared on the board, too.

“Which is good to know, but you need practice if you’re going to be able to use these spells for anything. Since it’s probably not good for the doors and windows for twenty people to charm them in one day, we’re going to use some substitutes. When I stop talking, everyone needs to come up and get one of these boxes.” He pointed to the small, rough wooden boxes on a side table. “Inside them, you’ve got a piece of cardboard which has a little doorway flap cut into it and a little cloth bag. Take turns with a partner – one person seals them, the other person tries to open them. Do that to the cardboard, the bag, and the box each at least three times and make some notes about your observations. Those and a theory – this can be as long as you want, as long as it’s at least a sentence – about why we teach you colloportus when it’s counter-charm is so widely known are your homework assignments for this class. If you finish them by the end of class, though, hold on to them until next class so you can study your notes.” He peered at them through the glasses in the hopes this would make them feel he’d Know if they didn’t study. He doubted it worked. He had finally outgrown being laughably short and distinctly rotund in his late teens, but his mild, round face, similarly-disposed dark eyes, and glasses all combined, he suspected, to make him look something distinctly less than intimidating even when he was forced to wear proper office-style robes instead of the t-shirts and jeans he’d have really, despite his all-magical background, have been much more comfortable in. “Raise your hands if you have any questions and I’ll come answer them, but if you don’t have any right now, come get your supplies,” he invited them.

OOC: Welcome to Charms! You may assume Professor Wright has been teaching you for a few weeks at this point. All site rules (minimum word count 200 words, or about eight sentences, good spelling and grammar, no writing for each other’s characters without permission, keep it PG, and keep it realistic) need to be followed for points. Tag Gray in your post title if you need to ask him something in character and ask on the OOC board or in Chatzy (I’m usually Amelia Layne these days) if you have any questions out of character. Have fun!

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        • Depends on the power, I supposeJen White, Thu Jul 6 14:47
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