thoughts of a butterfly

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Yesterday I taught year 1. At registration one little boy looked v excited and said "I think I know you I've seen you on Madagasca". That was a pretty weird thing to say as apparently Madagasca is a cartoon and the characters are animals. love valx (man kids are way funny)

Thursday, January 26, 2006

I well like being a teacher (although i totally want something permanent rather than supplying any longer). These stories about teaching made me smile (I reckon from now on I'm gonna keep a record of all the funny things kids say when I teach them):

1. Some family acts are hard to follow. When Maria Taft daughter of William Howard Taft III, was a shy schoolgirl, she was asked by her teacher to write a brief family history. After much consideration she wrote her report. It read: "My great-grandfather was president of the United States. My grandfather was a senator from Ohio. My father is ambassador to Ireland. I am a Brownie."

2. Having a few extra minutes one day, I asked my first-grader to write their numbers as far as they could without looking (ie: referring to a number chart on the board). As I was monitoring their progress, I noticed one student had her head down on her desk. As I approached her, I saw that her eyes were closed and she was writing her numbers without looking (C.P, Picher)

3. At the begining of the year, I have my first years learn their name, age and eye-colour. When I come to eye colour, I tell them to write the name of their colour by finding the crayon that matches their eyes. As I was checking what each child wrote, I noted that one child had written "eye colour: crayola." (S.M, Norman)

4. My first year was talking about the recent fire in his school. "I knew it was going to happen," he said. "We had been practising for it all year."

5. In the Autumn, the children had planted some flower bulbs outside the school. One morning in the spring a very special pupil asked, "When are we going to dig up the lights we planted?"

6. One day during the school year I needed to take time off. I arranged for a substitute teacher to cover my reception class. When I returned to school the following day, one of my pupils came to me and said "Miss Young, don't ever get that prostitute again. She was terrible!"

7. A reception teacher was observing her classroom of children while they drew. She would occasionally walk around to see each child's artwork. As she got to one girl who was working diligently she asked what the drawing was. The girl replied, "I'm drawing God." The teacher paused and said "but no one knows what God looked like." Without missing a beat or looking up from her drawing , the girl replied "they will in a minute."

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Please pray for my friend Jo Mortimer who has lung cancer. She has tumours both in her lungs and bones. Please pray God will save her life. Love valx

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

1. Felt rather affirmed at church on Sunday for the following reasons a) Matt Rutter said he found me pretty funny b) Andy Swan said he thought I had journalistic abilities c) Nikki Shail said I looked nice in hooped ear-rings.

2. Played Balderdash on Sunday. I am not so good. For example, my definition for the film 'Big operator' was 'A phone operator falls in love with a till operator' and fooled absolutely no-one. Instead it caused people to crack up and say "well that one was definitely Vals". Gutted in the head.

3. Have given up the O.C again.

love valx

Friday, January 06, 2006

By the way I'm sorry that the last story on my blog was in fact a bit crap..Well to me I find it funny but others with more advanced humour than myself may not appreciate it.

I have found a way to make myself happy if I am feeling down..All I do is a bit of fake laughing. I discovered this technique when in France. Some, such as Robin (Bea and Andy's wee ginger son) were amused by it. Others were a little disturbed. Love Valxx