I really like school. I really do. No one else seems to think I do though.  They say I am too quiet.   Some people don’t mind though, like my best friend Amira. She is really good at art and maths, and we go to Taekwondo class together on Wednesdays after school. 

I really like school. I really do. No one else seems to think I do though.  They say I am too quiet.   Some people don’t mind though, like my best friend Amira. She is really good at art and maths, and we go to Taekwondo class together on Wednesdays after school.  We make each other laugh, and we always try to sit together in class.  I usually sit at the front as I can hear everyone better that way. 

Anyway, Amira always puts her hand up in class.  I never put my hand up. Actually, I HATE putting my hand up in class.  It’s worse when the teacher just picks you without asking for hands up.  I never know whether I have got the right answer!  When we talk about class questions in pairs, I normally get it right. But when you put your hand up, the WHOLE CLASS looks at you.  One time, the teacher picked me to answer a question, and I could feel my face getting really hot, as though it was getting redder by the second! It was so embarrassing.

Sometimes, Amira will tell me to put my hand up when I know the answer, just like yesterday…

We were talking about light and reflections in science.  I remembered so much about light from the experiments we did in Year 4.  Mr Graham asked the class: ‘Does light travel in straight lines? Tell your learning partner’.  I knew this answer! I told Amira.  Mr Graham asked for hands up.  I didn’t put my hand up.  Amira nudged me.

‘Zoe, put your hand up you know the answer!’ Amira whispered hurriedly, glancing over to check whether Miss Ashton was looking at us talking.

I felt a strange feeling in my stomach (like it was turning over and over) and I could feel my face getting hot again. Mr Graham searched the room to look for hands up.  I really wanted to tell Mr Graham the answer, but I just didn’t want to get it wrong…

‘Liam, what do you think?’ asked Mr Graham.

‘I don’t think light travels in straight lines, because sometimes you can see light where there isn’t a light source’ Liam replied.

‘That isn’t the right answer Liam, but I am so glad you had a go at answering it” Mr Graham said to Liam as he walked over to the board.

Mr Graham started explaining  the answer.  I looked over at Liam.  He didn’t seem embarrassed or worried at all! He was just sitting, listening to the correct answer.  He nodded once Mr Graham had explained it.

 ‘Wow, that makes sense now!’ Liam said, and he started writing a reminder in his book.

I started writing and underlining the date in my book.  It looked like Liam learnt loads from getting it wrong.  Maybe getting the answer wrong isn’t so bad. I decided to try to put my hand up one day this week.