* I am very fond of my tutor group, who are now in Year 11, as I began teaching with them when they were Year 7. During one registration period when I was frustrated with the noise in the classroom, I asked them to calm down and joked with them that they used to be quiet,unassuming little things. Aknowing voice retaliated with:"And so did you, Miss."
* Shrove Tuesday. We made pancakes, and we were discussing the scientific aspects of irreversible change. I asked my class of four-year-olds if we could get the flour, eggs and milk back out of the mxture we had made. Charlie said: "No." I asked him to explain why not. He looked at me as if I was barmy and said: "Because we ate all the pancakes."
* On our trip to the pantomime, Emma, seven, was confused as Aladdin was being played by Bonnie Langford. "But I don't understand," she whispered to Stephanie, also seven. "She wants to marry the princess, but they're both girls." "You've got to use your imagination," Stephanie replied. "She's a girl playing a boy." After a pause, she added: "Or they could be lesbians."