True confessions

7th January 2005 at 00:00
I don't want want to become the kind of teacher who... writes off pupils even before they get an opportunity to show who they really are.

It made my day when... I heard two lads from one of my classes actually talking about geography outside in the corridor after one of my lessons.

Senior managers don't know it, but... I've been known to give the "naughty" kids an extra chance on top of what the school's behaviour policy recommends. On the other hand, I make sure they know it, too, so they don't take it for granted.

I couldn't keep a straight face when... my head of department spilt a mug full of coffee over the headteacher's backside as the staff were filing into morning assembly. The poor head did the very best "Ouch, that's hot!"

dance I've ever seen.

I'm not looking forward to... teaching map skills. I do love maps, although even with the best teaching it can sometimes be a bit dry.

I'd never live it down if... my pupils found out that I DJ at weddings.

I'd really like to tell the headteacher... that one particular pair of trousers he wears to school every now and again still bear the coffee stain from that fateful day.

I honestly believe that... all children deserve a good education, no matter how awful they might seem in class.

At the beginning of the week I look forward to... introducing pupils to a new topic, and seeing their eyes light up later when they understand it.

My friends believe... that teaching is a bit too much like hard work. I've tried to explain to them the enormous buzz I get out of seeing pupils learning, and how the days seem to fly by so I'm never bored. But they don't get it. I don't think you can until you've actually experienced it.

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