Friday, 30 September 2011

Out of the mouths of babes...and it's not even noon

My students are on fire today. Well, not literally. Actually, we did have just have a fire drill that went very well, but I'm referring more to what they've said so far today and it's not even noon.

This morning in homeroom a student said to me in a very exasperated tone, "Tests and assessments are the demons of learning!" Frankly, I couldn't agree with her more.

We were notified this week that we will have our initial ISI inspection Tuesday and Wednesday of next week and the in-depth one in November. All students were told that 'visitors' from ISI would be here next week and asked to be on their very best behaviour. So in my first class of the day this conversation occurred,

Student: What does ISI stand for?
Me: Independent Schools Inspectorate
Student: Oh, so they're like food critics but for schools, not restaurants.

Finally, as the co-head of year, I had to have a serious talk with a student who has now had two behaviour transgressions within the quarter, which means we need to contact his parents. The serious talk was going well and I was instilling the fear of God in him when this happened...

Me: Now we have to contact your parents due your misbehaviour, so what can you do to make it easier for yourself at home?
Student: Hide?

I couldn't help it, I burst out laughing.

And now I return to my regularly scheduled teaching. Who knows what will come out of their mouths as the day continues.

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