Monday, 9 May 2011

Things I Am Learning

Here are some things about teaching that I have learnt in the past two weeks...

There are many 'frequently used phrases'. 
My one for last week was 'Abdul, CHAIR!' - used to get an 11 year old to use all four chair legs and not swing back and forth on it.

Parents don't consider the following when buying a birthday cake for their child to share with the class:
1) A square cake is easier to cut than a round one.
2) It is difficult to cut 30 slices from a cake intended for 20 people.
3) Chocolate Cake with butter icing goes everywhere.
4) Teachers and T.A.'s time is better spent teaching than cutting up cake. Individual cakes are a far better option.

Photocopiers are essential...and generally unreliable.

Biff, Chip and Kipper are very stupid names.

The child who tells you he didn't do his homework with his best friend but they happen to get the same (incorrect) answers and (wrong) spellings is probably lying.

Children always have something funny to say:
10 year old: 'What's that game the Victorians used to play? 
10 year old thinks and looks through text book.
10 year old: 'I remember...Gobsmacker!' - pointing to a picture of hopscotch!

There is never a dull moment at school!


  1. Cake knowledge duly retained for future purposes!

  2. My 16 year old still likes to lean his chair on two legs. I hold up 4 fingers and he knows I mean "four on the floor!" :)

    Donuts are another good birthday treat that are easy to pass out.

    It sounds like there is plenty to smile at each day!

  3. Ha, this made me laugh. Biff, Chip and Kipper, wow that brings back memories, didn't think they would still have those books!

  4. I'm glad you are writing these down!

  5. Gobsmacker! that is hilarious!...

  6. I must be a good parent then, because I sent the girls in with cupcakes when its their birthdays.
    And yes biff, chip & kipper are ridiculous names! their mum needs to lay of the blue eyeshadow and someone needs to keep a close eye on the beardy bloke with glasses who is always hanging around the park and school... I'm just saying!

  7. Ahhh I remember Biff Chip and Kipper!!! Do they still have Roger Red Hat, Billy Blue Hat and Jonny Yellow hat too? :)

  8. Biff Chip and Kipper are REALLLllly annoying! The Village With Three Corners was so much better, I loved those books!) although I'm sure the grown-ups felt differently! I guess Peter and Jane, and Puddle Lane must have had their moments.

    Glad its going well on the whole- you sound busy! Whatever happened to a small box of smarties for each child? Cake?! That sounds far too messy! Best saved for party bags I think... ;) xxx

  9. awww that is so cute!!! Sounds like you are loving it! xxx