Friday, 5 September 2008

At The Risk Of Alienating Some More Of You...

... I am just too tired to blog tonight. Today was my first full day of teaching after the Summer holiday...

...I know, I know, some of you lot don't get such long holidays, or even short ones, at such regular intervals...

I'd just like to point out that you also don't have to keep five sets of thirty monsters entertained for an hour each...

Actual snippets from today:

"Yes... if you've used up that page in your exercise book, you can write on the next one..."

"DON'T point that test tube at anyone else while you're heating it... and don't heat it too strongly, or else the... oh, there goes the rubber bung... yes, I saw it hit him on the head, THAT's why I told you not to point the tube at anyone..."

"Yes, I know it's the first day back, but you still get homework..."

"NOOOOOOO, do not hold the test tube at the bottom when you've been heating it...!"

It's been a hard day. I'll blog tomorrow. Maybe.


Anonymous said...

Perhaps you could compose a sheet of questions and guidelines next year, and go over them with the class beforehand. I would also recommend extra pay for 'mental exhaustion' on school days like this.

I admire your fortitude. Hats off to teachers like you who TEACH, rather than use their position to promote all the crazy political ideas that are so prevalent

Andrea Brown
Anaheim, CA

Jane said...

First full day back's always the worst. Such a shock, you don't know whether the holiday ever happened and it's difficult to distinguish reality and surreality.

Always a good idea to begin mid-or-towards the end of the week. It gives everyone slow immersion.

And then don't you find, after a full week, you feel as if you've never been away.

That's how it is. That's how it will always be. Sorry.

Assurance of prayers,

Anonymous said...

I know what you mean. I sometimes get SO worn out!

bobd said...

Ok Mac,
So you've got some nerdy kids. Let's not dwell on them. Let's talk about your favorites: "teacher's pets". You must have them. Tell us about them and what they're like.

Anonymous said...

And here I was thinking that my first year undergraduates were bad!!

Mulier Fortis said...

Bobd... I don't have "teachers' pets" in my classes. I follow an equal opportunities policy - I hate all my students equally!


(only kidding!)

gemoftheocean said...

Mac, too bad you're not the gym teacher. "Drop and give me twenty!!"

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