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Today was a good day

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(Star Wars die-hards don’t bombard me with fault-finding – I appreciate it was not Master Yoda who said this. I just liked this meme better than the one with Alec Guinness on it.)



Today I was corrected on my punctuation by one of my Catch-Up Literacy students who was, in fact, correct… I had left out an all important comma!
I was also treated to a lesson on persuasive literary devices by other members of my Catch-Up group. 

This disturbance in the force came barely a week after members of staff and level 6 ability students were beaten at the Countdown numbers game by another child in a much lower group.

Who knew there were SO MANY pics of this woman's rear view on google image when you serach for countdown numbers game>?

Who knew there were SO MANY pics of this woman’s rear view on google image when you search for ‘countdown numbers game’?


I feel as though I’m in a parallel universe where it seems that children DO actually listen and can in fact, learn and retain that knowledge.  I think I kinda like it.  Could it BE that we are doing something worthwhile?

Gene Genie, we should retire to that ‘escape  to the country’ now while the going’s good.  Quit while we’re ahead and all that. 

Then just before home time, I was treated to this;

“I thought vegetarians ate meat Miss”

… and the balance was restored anew….  BANG!  Back in the room!

Best of British…

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I go back to work today after 6 weeks of ‘Diagnosis Murder’, ‘Homes under the Hammer’, camping trips and losing the will to live from the perpetual cycle of going into the childerbeast’s room and seeing dens made out of dressing gowns; bedsheets and towels strung across the room.  Have they not camped enough this summer without having to do so in the comfort of their own room? 

 Brand new sharp pencils, crisp clean exercise books, new faces, grand plans, good intentions and the Yoda memory stick primed and ready to fill with plans, pictures & presentations.

One of my good intentions is  to not swear (the odds are that I’ll last until breaktime at 1015).


 Found my old hockey stick at the weekend in Pop’s garage. 27 years old and still a beauty (she won me many a match and maimed at least one goalkeeper).  I toyed with the idea of starting up an after school hockey team but then had visions of carnage on the playing field with sticks as weapons and tossed that notion aside as quickly as it had formed in my head.

 One last coffee before it’s time to Bully Off the new term and a tenuous  excuse to add a picture of Joyce Grenfell.

No one has bullied off for about 30 years!