An outbreak of cuteness has occurred in the den of Britain's most cynical teachers. We refer, of course, to the The TES online staffroom.
After many debates about pupils who have made stupid remarks or had idiotic names, one poster suggested a discussion on the "nicest things kids say". Cue a deluge of heart-warming tales of pupils telling teachers they were beautiful, that they smelled nice or were "the best teacher in the world".
Several involved tough teenage boys unexpectedly praising their teacher for being the only person who listens to them. "I had to walk into my cupboard because I was nearly crying," one teacher wrote.
Some pupils just opted to draw pictures, which the teachers plan to keep forever ("It's you, Miss. It was supposed to be you as a horse, but it went wrong. So it's you as a dog.").
Even double-edged praise was appreciated, such as "Miss, when you're not stressed, you're really kind." We prefer the surreal compliment "You look like Pebbles from The Flintstones" - apparently a good thing - and the awe-filled question "Miss, are you God?"