The kids are starting to get scared about the exams. This is probably A Good Thing given that the GCSEs start this Friday. So here are some more nuggets of wisdom gleaned from the pre-exam scramble.
- There is a mythical goal called "Finishing The Syllabus" that few if any teachers attain comfortably.
- Even if you do manage to finish your syllabus the exam board will find a way to screw you over by putting the last module you covered first in the timetable so the poor kids have barely any time to revise it.
- Students aren't very good at spotting trends, and will predict the next in the sequence A A A A A A A A A as D.
- There will come a time when students just kind of give up on doing homework.
- There will come a time when said students just start laughing when you mention the idea of homework.
- Despite doing a Spearman's Rank Correlation on the grades acquired by the students versus the number of pieces of homework submitted, you will find no link and be forced to concede defeat.
- I'm one of those teachers who has vowed never to let a student down or to be the limiting factor in their progression.
- This means I'm spending a lot of time being let down by students.
- We really really need to keep our comparative anatomy collection.
- I'm getting a reputation as "that teacher who carries around animal skulls all the time".
- I like that reputation.
- Every class thinks they're the worst class I teach. Except the class that is actually the worst.
- Using the Venganza pirates-versus-temperature correlation graph to make a point can result in a fascinating conversation with some Somali lads who are very proud of their nation's long tradition of piracy.
- No student ever gets tired of watching birds of paradise doing their mating dances.
- Your responsibilities are far from over when they've finished the course and left college.
You know more than you think you do. You are capable of everything you set your heart on. Read the goddamn question before you answer it.Good luck kiddlywinks!