Classroom Curiosities XXVI

We’ve been in full Halloween mode this week at school and my classroom has been full of witches, ghouls and superheroes! It’s been a while since my last one of these as I’ve been busy with other projects (see here). Semantics While my class were planning a personal recount, I reminded them that they must…

Classroom Curiosities III

This week’s instalment of comments overheard in my classroom: Consumerism Isn’t it amazing to think of the varieties of fresh produce and items available in our supermarkets? One text prompted a student of mine to write, ‘She saw milk in the refrigerator.’ Yet she didn’t actually write milk. She wrote ‘milf.’ Hosting Like many others,…

Learning from my students

Curiosity. I lost it temporarily. The pursuit of it caused me to quit my job and move halfway across the world. Now as a teacher, my students often ask me about things I’ve never really considered, such as why a toothbrush is not called a teethbrush, or why carpet isn’t a pet for your car….

What not to say at work

Anyone who knows me will know that my mouth operates at about double the speed of my brain. I stumble over sentences, get the proverbs all wrong and babble in intervals that never fail to cut off the person speaking. This made for some embarrassing slips at my new job. Enjoy. 1. Made up sayings…