Saturday, 9 October 2010
It Is Time to Relax and Laugh.
Yesterday I was asking my son how my daughter in law was getting on teaching in her new school. He laughed and told me some of the things that had happened in her first few weeks there. It all sounded so familiar. It is just a fact that students test out new teachers. They want to test the boundaries, to see how far than can push before the expected explosion comes. It is indeed a testing time and a time when it is important for the students and the teacher to get to know each other and more importantly to trust each other.
It is also a time when some of the strangest answers and performances come the way of the teacher. When I look back over my years in front of students how I so often wish I had recorded all those events. The hours I could have spent reflecting on them and having a laugh.
Fortunately some teachers did and still do keep such records. So for a nice easy start to Saturday I share one or two with you today.
TEACHER: Maria, go to the map and find North America.
MARIA: Here it is.
TEACHER: Correct. Now class, who discovered America?
TEACHER: John, why are you doing your math multiplication on the floor?
JOHN: You told me to do it without using tables.
TEACHER: Glenn, how do you spell 'crocodile?'
GLENN: K-R-O-K-O -D-I-A-L
TEACHER: No, that's wrong
GLENN: Maybe it is wrong, but you asked me how I spell it.
TEACHER: Donald, what is the chemical formula for water?
DONALD: H I J K L M N O.
TEACHER: What are you talking about?
DONALD: Yesterday you said it's H to O.
TEACHER: Winnie, name one important thing we have today that we didn't have ten years ago.
TEACHER: George Washington not only chopped down his father's cherry tree, but also admitted it. Now, Louis, do you know why his father didn't punish him?
LOUIS: Because George still had the ax in his hand.
TEACHER: Now, Simon, tell me frankly, do you say prayers before eating?
SIMON: No sir, I don't have to, my Mom is a good cook.
TEACHER: Clyde, your composition on 'My Dog' is exactly the same as your brother's. Did you copy his?
CLYDE: No, teacher, it's the same dog.
TEACHER: Harold, what do you call a person who keeps on talking when people are no longer interested?
HAROLD: A teacher.
Out of the mouths of children, often come great word of wisdom.
Have a great Saturday
This blog is linked to my other where I continue with the dog Dog 2