Saturday, September 30, 2006
Friday, September 29, 2006
Each week I've tried a different strategy to try and make the afternoon more pleasant (for them as well as me of course!) but this week I finally hit on the answer. I offered them all a cup of tea or coffee, but one of the boys asked if I had any hot chocolate. Well, I did actually, so I made a jug of it up and shared it round halfway through the afternoon.
I have to tell you, that for the rest of the afternoon they worked (yes, actually put pen to paper willingly!) in absolute silence. It's maybe a bit hasty to call them pussycats, but it was getting close to that!! And I swear I didn't put anything in it that the un-named ex-colleague offered me ;-)
I can see, this stint of teaching is going to cost me a fortune in milk!
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Monday, September 25, 2006
All aspiring teachers should watch this blog with interest as I'm sure, given time, it will be a rich source of excellent teaching advice and a library of wonderful classroom resources :-p
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Friday, September 22, 2006
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Mbembe never forgot that elephant or the events of that day.
Twenty years later Mbembe was walking through a zoo with his teenaged son. As they approached the elephant enclosure, one of the creatures turned and walked over to near where Mbembe and his son Tapu were standing. The large bull elephant stared at Mbembe and lifted its front foot off the ground, then put it down. The elephant did that several times then trumpeted loudly, all the while staring at the man. Remembering the encounter in 1986, Mbembe couldn't help wondering if this was the same elephant. Mbembe summoned up his courage, climbed over the railing and made his way into the enclosure. He walked right up to the elephant and stared back in wonder. Suddenly the elephant trumpeted again, wrapped its trunk around one of the man's legs and swung him wildly back and forth along the railing, killing him.
Probably wasn't the same elephant.
The rest of the lesson actually went extremely well, I have to say!
Saturday, September 16, 2006
have chocolate (more than once but less than 10)
2. Multiply this number by 2 (just to be bold)
3. Add 5
4. Multiply it by 50 -- I'll wait while you get the calculator
5. If you have already had your birthday this year add 1756 .If you haven't, add 1755.
6. Now subtract the four digit year that you were born.
You should have a three digit number
The first digit of this was your original number
(i.e., how many times you want to have chocolate each week).
The next two numbers are:
YOUR AGE! (Oh YES, it is!!!!!)
How's that work then??
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
During form time today I discovered the importance of being able to talk about football. And of having a favourite team. I had to pick a favourite team rather quickly to avoid any major disruption and in my haste selected Liverpool because it was the team my Dad and my brother supported way back in the 70's when they were in their heyday (Liverpool that is, not my Dad and certainly not my brother!)
That seemed to be a reasonable choice, there were two 'other' Liverpool supporters, a Newcastle supporter and a Chelsea supporter in the group, along with the usual smattering of Man U.