Puberty was the stage when we, as children, became sexually mature. It happened that very few of us were actually interested in sex that time, and for most of us it was the big speed bump that followed our carefree childhoods. Generally speaking, puberty occurs in girls between the ages of 10 – 14, and in boys a good deal later, usually between the ages of 12 – 16. After puberty hit, we were never to be the same again. Puberty officially begins when the pituitary gland tells the testes to secrete testosterone in boys, or signals the ovaries to secrete estrogen in girls.
No matter how much our parents prepared us with talks and scientific reading material, it was either difficult or confusing when puberty began. When I was young, most parents gave their kids The Talk, and often shocked them into silence for quite a few days, or sometimes even weeks. Sometimes Americans call this talk explaining “the birds and the bees,” which is a euphemism for sex. Nowadays, many schools begin introducing the human reproductive system and how it works in practical life before puberty surprises the unsuspecting kids. Modern psychologists recommend that parents should not ever give their kids The Talk in one sitting anymore, but instead give them a series of small talks, based their questions and interest.
Our bodies grew a lot during puberty, actually, faster than any time except for our first year as babies. This is called a growth spurt. We went through a lot of other changes, too. Some we thought were cool, such as curves for girls and deepening voices for boys. But none of us thought that pimples and underarm odors were cool. After 2 to 3 years of puberty, most of us had reached our adult height. Many kids have mood swings and sometimes have times of acting or hiding in their rooms, often all in the same day. A lot of kids become overly sensitive and cry easily, others become very self-conscious and unsure of themselves. Puberty, like old age, is not for cowards.
Betsy was the my English teacher in Uberaba, a long time ago…. An excellent teacher, a wonderful human-being. She gave me the nickname I gladly adopted ever since. We became close friends and we are still close – in our hearts.
I have known Betsy for a long time, and in all these years I have learned so much from her… not just English, but from her vast experience as a teacher and as a person. Being an excellent teacher is not just about knowing your subject perfectly (which is of course the case since English is her first language) but also about loving to learn and to relate to people from all kinds of backgrounds and ages. I had as much fun in her classes as a nerdy Star Wars / Elvis teen fan as I do now as busy working grown up!
I really don’t know how long Betsy has been my teacher. I do know she is the best teacher I have ever had. She can join daily happenings with an admirable sense of humor that makes her classes quite unique. She is intelligent, smart, very confident and besides everything she became a close friend of us. It’s a privilege being her student.
A melhor novidade para 2017 será, sem duvida, o BLOG da Betsy. Excelente professora da Língua Inglesa, Betsy tem com seus alunos uma relação de amizade espontânea, acolhendo sugestões de temas atuais, abrindo caminho para que suas aulas sejam proficientemente dinâmicas e divertidas. Para mim, sua aluna e amiga, para todos os seus alunos, tenho certeza, serão de grande valia as consultas que faremos em busca de novos esclarecimentos.