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(onwards) Thursday

Posted by willkay on March 4, 2010

Every other weekend I phone my mum. We talk on the phone for an hour, and I’m fairly sure that we talk about loads of different things. However, after I’ve hung up and I start to tell Maria all that we talked about, it appears that we discuss the weather. And that’s it. Very little else, just the weather. Probably because that is what English people like to discuss the most, the weather. I realise that, on the whole, I don’t discuss the weather very often on here. Well, not often enough for this to be the blog of true Englishmen. So, time for a weather report: It rained today, for exactly nineteen minutes. Señor Francisco had spent the time before 7:30, mopping the playground so that we could have morning line-up. At 7:30, just as the bell rang to let the students into school, the first drops fell. By 7:35 the rain was hammering down. By 7:40 it started to ease off. The last few drops fell as the bell rang at 7:50. All of Señor Francisco’s hard work had been to no avail, there was no morning line-up.

Computer class was followed by a visit from Miss Lilian. She came to talk to the sixth grade about how important their last remaining months at the school were so important, not just to the students but also to her, me, and the school. It has been a happy stay at the school for many of the students, and the school has enjoyed their attendance. It would be a shame to ruin all those good memories with a poor attitude for the remaining time. However, the opportunity is there for everyone to pull together, to work as a team, and to make this the best year yet!

Straight into a spelling test in English: Greek Word Parts. This was followed up with checking last night’s homework. It still surprises me that students can write a word ten times in a short space of time (three days), and yet when it comes to the spelling quiz they don’t recognise the words as I say them. I start to wonder if they actually realise that the words I am giving them are coming as part of a spelling test? One hopes they do, as we moved quickly on to the next list of words: Prefixes That Change The Meaning. In case anyone is reading this and wondering, there will be a spelling test on the twenty words we did today!

Recess. I think the message is getting through. It was nice to see the sixth grade still playing together – boys with girls, different groups scattered around the playground – and it was great to hear them encouraging each other to speak English. It was even better to hear one student thank another for reminding him to speak English. Long may this continue.

Maths lesson: after correcting the homework from two nights ago (I had already corrected last night’s homework), we set about learning how to draw a graph without having to plot the points. The first part of this process is learning how to recognise the slope (gradient) of a line. Today’s lesson was about how to calculate the slope of a line.

Geography was a two part lesson. The first part was “finishing off” Russia. Discussing the huge changes that Mikhail Gorbachev  brought to Russia with just two policies: Glasnost and Perestroika. Then it was onto a new topic: South Western Asia. Sometimes it is easy to forget that Asia stretches as far west as Turkey (Istanbul being a city in two continents). Today we found Israel, Jordan, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey on the map.

Home time. Every student took home a letter to their parents. This letter had a reply slip that needs to be signed and brought back into school tomorrow, please.

My favourite youtube video, at the moment, happens to be called: This Too Shall Pass by OK Go. It is not just the title of the song that I love (although I find myself repeating the words), nor is it just the song that cheers me up (although it really does). Just watch the video and at the end wonder how many times they had to try to get it right – the clue is probably the paint that is all over their overalls. The fact is, often in life, things don’t work out right. The best thing to do though is not give up but try again, and try “better”. In the end, all the little bits and pieces, all the little things that could go wrong, don’t go wrong. In the end, everything works. This too shall pass.

Attendance: One absent

Signed Homework Notebooks: 22 out of 22


  • Maths: Reteaching 10-3 Nos: 1-3  Practice 10-3 Nos: 1-3
  • English: Spelling Workbook Page: 65. Write the spellings 3 times in notebook.
  • Story: Biography of a Superhero (in tomorrow)
  • Reading Log: Should be completed and signed.
  • Reading: This is not an option. You should be reading 20 minutes every night.

9 Responses to “(onwards) Thursday”

  1. Ana Karen said

    Mister Kay the video is cool but the song no . I didn’t understand a single thung that they sang . 🙂

  2. Ana Karen said

    I meant thing .

  3. scarlatte said

    What a cool video Mr. Kay :0

  4. scarlatte said

    I liked the song too. 🙂

  5. willkay said

    Kids today! They just don’t have lyrics to songs like when I was a kid. Anyway, the lyrics to the song, Ana Karen, are:

    You know you can’t keep lettin’ it get you down
    And you can’t keep draggin’ that dead weight around.
    If there ain’t all that much to lug around,
    Better run like hell when you hit the ground.

    When the morning comes.
    When the morning comes.

    You can’t stop these kids from dancin’.
    Why would you want to?
    Especially when you’re already gettin’ yours.
    ‘Cause if your mind don’t move and your knees don’t bend,
    well don’t go blamin’ the kids again.

    When the morning comes.
    When the morning comes.

    Let it go, this too shall pass.
    Let it go, this too shall pass.

    Let it go, this too shall pass.
    (You know you can’t keep lettin’ it get you down. No, you can’t keep lettin’ it get you down.)

    Let it go, this too shall pass.
    (You know you can’t keep lettin’ it get you down. No, you can’t keep lettin’ it get you down.)

  6. Ana Karen said

    Sorry Mister Kay for talking Spanish. I’m making an effort to speak more English and I’m sorry if I have been disrespectful. Sorry .

  7. memo said

    good video

  8. Miss Lilián said

    Thank You Ana Karen for apologizing, that really means a lot to me. I do hope my little talk meant something to the whole group, because I do love them all, and I want the last months to be happy, harmonious and hillarious!

  9. Miss Lilián said

    Do try to make the last four months quite melifluous, because if you do not, Mr. Kay will become cantankerous indeed! And so will I.

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