* Year 1 pupil to her teacher: "Are we doing Dick Thompson this afternoon?"
"Dick Thompson. You know, like we did yesterday."
"Ah... you mean dictation."
* The school's resources were running low and the children had been warned to preserve pens and pencils. I watched one pupil, deep in concentration, snapping coloured pencils. "Are ou snapping the coloured pencils?" "No Miss, just the yellow ones."
* My Year 1 class were all earnestly concentrating on a mental arithmetic test. "Nathan had 200 marbles; he gave 50 to his brother. How many did he have left?" Emily, who struggled with arithmetic, said in a loud whisper: "How kind." (She couldn't answer the question.) A G MOORE