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Archive for May, 2010

(assembly) Monday

Posted by willkay on May 31, 2010

Ohrwurm is German for “earworm”. However, this is not the name for a worm that lives in your ear. No, it is a word that was invented for that small piece of music that gets into your head. That song that you end up singing without thinking about, humming throughout the day, mumbling along to when you aren’t concentrating. As I wandered throughout the school, during the day, I came across 5th graders, 3rd graders, 2nd graders, and even 1st graders, singing odd snatches of a song: “…ella, ella, eh, eh, eh, under my umbrella, ella, ella...”. So that was a successful assembly then! And it was. Everything went well. The stories were told well (did anyone notice Miss Tere Rochin wiping away a tear?), the dancing was wonderful, the singing was audible, and everyone went away happy. A couple of students have told me “how cool the sixth grade assembly was”, and the teachers liked it as well – which was nice.

The Geography exam. The last exam!!! Well, until the next set of exams at Junior High. But until then: LAST. EXAM. EVER.

On Friday the students forgot (except for three of them) to bring in their reading log numbers. So, for once, it isn’t my fault that The Wall of Fame was late. Last week was an exam week, so there wasn’t (in theory) a lot of reading going on. That said, six names on The Wall of Fame, and ten students in The 200+ Club, is very impressive:


  • 1181 pages: Scarlatte
  • 8o3 pages: Ana Elena
  • 480 pages: Monica
  • 430 pages: Paulina R.
  • 350 pages: Andrea
  • 300 pages: Camila
  • The Assembly is over and done with, time to move on to the next thing. There are a busy couple of weeks ahead of the sixth grade. Just because we have done our last set of exams doesn’t mean that the work has finished. There are still spelling lists to learn, grammar points to cover, countries to discover, science to understand, and numbers to crunch. The new value of the month is: Pursuit of Excellence. And, if there is one thing I wish the sixth grade to take away from this year, is that they should do their best, try to be the best, pursue the prize. However, it is not all work, work, work. There are Bees coming (but that is more work, I hear someone moan). There is a trip to Disney. There is a Graduation Ceremony. There is The Final Presentation. The bad news, this year it is going to a much smaller event. My first year, the sixth grade produced a 35 minute performance (that included two Shakespeare plays, one song, one poem, and countless other attractions – ask Ana Fernanda). Last year was also an interesting presentation, with the sixth grade each choosing their favourite “interesting fact” and presenting it. This year we shall just do a poem. HA! Just a poem! This year the sixth grade will put on a performance of Neil Gaiman’s Crazy Hair. I’m excited already!

    Something New: Already killed the first set of batteries on the Wii remote.

    When the sixth grade gave me a Wii for my birthday, they also gave me the money for Animal Crossing, because I had expressed an interest in it. The game is wonderful. There is no killing, no running/jumping/needingtogetanextralifebeforemovingontothenextlevel. I catch fish, hunt insects, grow oranges/flowers, chat with my neighbours. It is a wonderful stress-free existence in Animal Crossing. Oh, maria’s kids have me charging around Mario Galaxy and MarioLand and MarioKart, but me, I’m at my happiest with a butterfly net in my hand, chasing butterflies around an orchard. And then maria started playing. The good news: we are watching a lot less television. The bad news:  we’ve gone through the first set of batteries on the Wii remote in exactly two weeks.

    Favourite Moment Of The Day (FMOTD): To misquote Blanche DuBois: I am always stunned by the kindness of strangers.

    There were some great moments in school today. The Assembly went really well. The fourth grader who told me that the sixth grade “were cute“. Andrea and Camila getting the giggles. Miss Tere Rochin admitting to shedding a tear. Discussing Vin Diesel with Scarlatte. Arguing about Taylor Lautner. However, my favourite moment happened outside school. As those of you who read my blog know, on Friday I bought stickers for my FIFA World Cup Album. However, in a totally freaky moment, every single sticker went into my album. There were no swaps. I had nothing to bring into school on Monday (today). In theory, this should have been excellent…but I wanted to swap with the students. So, today I stopped off at the OXXO on the way home, and bought some more stickers. As I was paying for them, the person behind me asked if I had any swaps. I explained that I had failed to get any swaps, and those that I already had, had been swapped at school. I was asked to “wait outside, I might have something for you.” The person behind me in the queue at the OXXO gave me 20 stickers. It appears that she has been collecting them as well, and has some double swaps (two copies). So, she just gave me them. Right there. In the OXXO car park. And that’s how I live my life.

    Attendance: All Present


    • Learn Poem
    • Get Homework Notebook signed
    • Reading: This is not an option. You should be reading 20 minutes every night.

    Posted in assembly, exams, geography, reading log, values, wall of fame | 4 Comments »

    (got stickers) Friday

    Posted by willkay on May 28, 2010

    This hasn’t been my best week of blogging, in case you haven’t noticed. It is sometimes hard to get home, from school, and sit down and immediately start blogging. This is even harder in an exam week, when I also have a huge pile of exams to mark and grade. I also have a life and out-of-school responsibilities – I know, I know, hard to believe – but this means that sometimes I don’t get straight home, or if I do, I change and go straight back out again! This is a sort of apology,to those of you who come here every day, expecting to read long boring interesting posts – I’ve been busy. Of course, those of you who just come here to check on homework, have probably been happy about the lack of posts – tee hee!

    Anyway, I’m slightly torn at the moment, should I write a post OR should I play on the Wii OR should I put my stickers in my album? Yesterday, unfortunately, Nikos was off school, sick. How sick was he? Too sick to hold the controller on the Wii. His mum, the wonderful maria, therefore played Animal Crossing for him, following his directions. And the outcome of this? Well, Nikos is now well enough to go back to his dad’s house, but maria is now addicted to Animal Crossing. This means, that as I sit here, she is playing Hide-and-Seek with a pig and a bear. So, I can’t play on the Wii!

    On the way home we stopped off at an Oxxo to pick up new batteries for the Wii controller (hmmmm???). We also bought some stickers for my FIFA World Cup Sticker Album. I haven’t had any new stickers since my birthday, and have had no swaps to exchange at recess for two weeks. However, I now have new stickers, and there are bound to be swaps! So, if you are reading this, and you collect World Cup Stickers, be prepared to bring them in on Monday. We had planned to go out tonight, we’d been invited to the opening of a new taco shop. We were very excited (or maybe, I was very excited, and maria was just happy), however it appears that we had the dates confused, and the opening is next Friday. So, I have nothing planned for Friday night. In that case, I’ll save my stickers until later tonight, and write a blog post now.

    Monday it will be the sixth grade’s (final) assembly. We have been practising/learning/writing/rehearsing for this for two weeks. However, this is no time to relax. On the 21st June, we have our Final Presentation. Most classes will be doing a song. However, for the assembly we are doing a song (Umbrella by Rihanna), so I have decided that we would be better off doing a poem. However, I don’t just want to do a poem, I have this whole presentation in mind – anyone have a full sized mannequin at home that I could borrow? So that was how I spent the first lesson, while the sixth grade had PE, planning the next presentation.

    We started the next lesson off with a quick run through of the assembly (there are some pictures up on my Flickr page). It went exactly the way I like rehearsals to go: there were loads of mistakes; no one stood properly; there were several mistakes in the dance. However, the things that went wrong are fixable (mainly by the pressure of a final performance), and the whole thing is still fresh, it isn’t over rehearsed. So, if you aren’t doing anything, Monday morning, 7:50am, pop in to school and see the sixth grade assembly. There are some great memories to be heard, and a very good dance routine to be admired (and I say that totally impartially).

    The rest of the lesson was spent studying for the history exam (unless your name was Carlo Ivan, in which case it was spent doing the Science exam).

    Geography exam on Monday, so we needed to do a quick study guide for that. Africa and South Asia. A huge amount of the world, all covered in one exam. So that is the sixth grade spending the weekend learning their countries/rivers/seas/lakes/mountain ranges.


    After recess I went to teach the third grade, while the sixth grade had music. I read them a story (the poem that the sixth grade will be doing for their presentation), and then we watched The Gruffalo. Afterwards they drew pictures of The Gruffalo (don’t you know? there’s no such thing as a gruffalo).

    Last lesson of the day was a chance to return the science exams. Many of the sixth grade are “glasses half empty” people. They are never happy. Many students did really well in the exam (sixteen out of twenty-two got over 9.0), however there was upset and (almost) tears over perceived failure. Ah, maybe it was frustration at not achieving a perfect score. The Honour Guard got to practice for Monday, and we read some of “The American Slurp“.

    Oh, there is no new Wall of Fame or 200+ Club this week. And, for once, it isn’t my fault. Only four students brought in their weekly scores.

    Something New: Science: Six 10s. Ten scores of 9.0 or greater.

    Favourite Moment Of The Day (FMOTD): Crazy Hair

    The Third Grade really seemed to enjoy the poem that I read them!

    Attendance: One absent


    • Reading Log
    • Umbrella
    • Reading: This is not an option. You should be reading 20 minutes every night.
    • Geography: Exam Monday.
    • Circular: Signed and returned

    Right! Now it is time to kick maria off the Wii and start collecting some oranges – I’ve got a mortgage to pay off, donchuno!

    Posted in assembly, exams, geography, history, honour guard, music, PE, reading log, science, wall of fame | 7 Comments »

    (the worst thing I ate) Thursday

    Posted by willkay on May 27, 2010

    READING LOG NUMBERS!!! I forgot to mention, at the end of the day, that the new Reading Log numbers need to come into school tomorrow. Of course, this relies on my students actually reading this. Does anyone still read this?

    Science exam.

    Practise reading the memories.


    Practise the dance.

    Return English exams. Some really good results. No tens but five 9.8s and nine other students got 9.0 and above. Read out one student’s story.

    Long discussion on: What is the worst thing you’ve eaten? Eventually the conversation ended up just listing “not nice things”, rather than the worst. However, it was interesting to hear all the different things, and was a good exercise in verbal description.

    Something New: 1 in every 10,000 people are born with their internal organs on the opposite side of their body

    Favourite Moment Of The Day (FMOTD): I love you!

    In the English exam, the students were asked to finish the story that was used in the Reading Comprehension. There were many different stories, but most had the same thread running through them. Except Ana Elena’s story showed that she has really been paying attention to the books she reads. Yes, I was presented with a story to make Stephanie Meyer and Nicholas Sparks proud – probably more Meyer than Sparks, as there was no death involved. Anyway, forget Team Edward or Team Jacob. What about Team Reece?

    Attendance: All Present


    • Reading Log
    • Umbrella
    • Reading: This is not an option. You should be reading 20 minutes every night.
    • History: Exam tomorrow.
    • Circular: Signed and returned

    Posted in assembly, english, exams, science, stuff | 1 Comment »

    (can’t stop, addicted to the shindig) Wednesday

    Posted by willkay on May 26, 2010

    7:30-8:00 Students come in. Morning line up. We learn that the rest of the school is annoyed with sixth grade for watching footy match.

    8:00-9:00 Civics. Guillermo sits his exams from yesterday. I finish editing the memories for the assembly, prepare Science mark sheet.

    9:00-10:15 English exam. Three mistakes in the exam – that’s three mistakes by me! Fortunately I spotted them before the kids could tell me. Although this did open up the chance for students to question repeatedly. Haven’t marked any exams yet, so have no idea of how they were done.

    10:15-10:40 Memories written out on to index cards. Read through for the first time. Need to slow down and breathe, instead of rush through them.

    10:40-11:30 Science. Exam tomorrow so a last chance to discover that some people, when they have days off school, don’t catch up on missed work.

    11:30-12:00 Recess.

    12:00-12:40 Practise dance for assembly. After having been assured by the girls that they would choreograph something for the last verse during recess, discovered they hadn’t. Boys spent a lot of time, stood around, doing very little, apart from staring at their umbrellas (and breaking them).

    12:40-12:48 Takes eight minutes to get from playground into the classroom. Really? Eight minutes? What were the students doing? I don’t really know, but it took eight minutes to get settled back into the classroom.

    12:48-1:00 Twelve minute talk about being “adult”. When you spend 40 minutes on a playground, wandering around, playing with an umbrella – you can’t really ask for another 8 minutes of doing nothing.

    1:00-2:00 History in the computer room. I started watching the fifth grade PE lesson, and ended up taking it as Professor Dandy was called away.

    2:00-2:30 Going home.

    Something New: Spanish*, English Exam, Write Memory, Recite Memory, Practise Dance, Study Science, Recess, Study Science, Practise Dance, History*

    *Subject to change

    Favourite Moment Of The Day (FMOTD): Wow! That drawing is worse than Mr.Kay’s! He’s standing behind me isn’t he?

    Yes, he was.

    Attendance: One absent


    • Umbrella
    • Reading: This is not an option. You should be reading 20 minutes every night.
    • Science: Exam tomorrow.
    • Circular: Signed and returned

    Posted in assembly, english, exams, morning line up, PE, science, stuff, values | Leave a Comment »

    (memory) Tuesday

    Posted by willkay on May 25, 2010

    The maths exams were done well. Two tens and eleven scores of nine point something. We then (finally) got to read out our memories. There were some very funny moments, a couple of ahhhh moments, and one “you really shouldn’t say that” moment.

    After the Spanish and Civics exam, it was time to study for the English exam.

    Something New: I found out why people are always pictured floating on their backs in The Dead Sea.

    It has been a running joke (at least for me) that whenever you see a picture of someone in the Dead Sea, they are always floating on their backs – often, reading a paper. Yesterday I discovered why. Because of the buoyancy o the high salt-content water, if you swim on your front, it is very difficult to turn over. People drown!

    Favourite Moment Of The Day (FMOTD): Angry Girl and Martha

    You had to be there.

    Attendance: All Present – including Guillermo. However, one left as the day progressed.


    • Umbrella
    • Reading: This is not an option. You should be reading 20 minutes every night.
    • English: Exam tomorrow.

    Posted in assembly, english, maths, stories | Leave a Comment »

    (football) Monday

    Posted by willkay on May 24, 2010

    I went to my first football match at the age of five. It was my father’s way of preparing me for the World Cup, which was being held that year, 1966, in England. Can you imagine that? The first time you become aware of something, something as huge as football, coincides with winning the World Cup.Yes, 1966 was the year that England won the World Cup. In my mind, England were always (and would always be) the best in the world. Of course, in 1970 I was to learn that wasn’t exactly true, and by 1974 (when England failed to qualify for the World Cup) I was taught with the realities of supporting a football team. All teams lose. But by then it was too late, my soul was sold to Sheffield United, my heart belonged to England. Then I moved to Mexico, a chance to pick a new team, a chance to support a team that wins (or at least wins more often than Sheffield United, which shouldn’t be too difficult). Of course, I was still a Bladesman (every Saturday morning you can find me on the internet, following the mighty Blades to their latest loss/draw/unexpected win), but I could also sell my soul to a new team. Become a true supporter of…who? I met people, talked to people, and then one day I ended up in a bar watching El Classico – Chivas v América. There was a team playing in my beloved red and white stripes, and (more importantly) maria was cheering them on. I could see who I was going to support, this was going to be my new team. However, just before I made the plunge I asked maria: So, Chivas are your local team? And that is when I discovered that they weren’t. maria is from Torreón. As a child, her dad had taken her to watch Santos Laguna. Santos were her team. And instantly they became my team, much to her frustration. She tried to talk me out of it. She told me that they would break my heart. She told me how they would look really good for the first ten minutes of a match and then fade away. How they would go 2-0 up in a match only to lose 2-3. Santos were the Mexican equivalent of Sheffield United. I was sold. Santos became my team. maria was convinced that I had made a foolish decision, I knew nothing. And yet, in 2008, after I’d been supporting them for only a couple of years, they won Clausura. Eat my goal!

    Yesterday my heart was broken. I keep going through it in my mind, and it still makes no sense. How did they lose from being 3-1 up?

    Reading Logs: I know, I know, it’s late again. Friday was a rush, today was even worse, but somehow I managed to squeeze in enough time to take down the reading log numbers, and update The Wall of Fame. Hurray!


  • 1460 pages: Scarlatte
  • 951 pages: Ana Elena
  • 473 pages: Monica
  • 460 pages: Carlo Ivan
  • 450 pages: Paulina R.
  • 433 pages: Valerio
  • 311 pages: Miroslava
  • Seven students on The Wall of Fame and seven students in the 200+ Club. Again I am really impressed with my students. Well done to all.

    Maths exam.

    Football match: England v Mexico. Very kindly, Miss Monica invited the sixth grade (and me) to watch the game. Not only did she get the television set up in the multi-activity room (thanks Professor Humberto), but she also provided snacks. A very interesting afternoon followed – interesting for me at least, my team won.

    Something New:

    • Saved
    • Scored
    • Saved
    • Scored
    • Scored
    • Scored
    • Scored
    • Missed
    • Scored
    • Missed
    • Scored
    • Missed.

    I still don’t understand it. After six penaltiies there was no possible way Santos could lose. And yet, they managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. If Oswaldo had completed his save. If Vuoso had hit the target. If, if, if…and it was not to be.

    Favourite Moment Of The Day (FMOTD): The match

    Once, about 15 years ago, I arranged to take 50 pupils to a football match in London. A local football club, Crystal Palace, couldn’t sell enough tickets to a match, because the opposition were so unpopular. They contacted the school and offered us free tickets. The team they were playing was Sheffield United. I snatched up the tickets, took the kids, and watched the mighty Blades lose. Today I got to watch a match with my students, and for the first time I came out on the winning side, which was nice. Of course, this time I didn’t have to face the humiliation of the students actually singing to me, as they had done 15 years ago at a football ground, as part of the crowd. So that might have helped in making it a better moment.

    Attendance: All Present


    • Reading: This is not an option. You should be reading 20 minutes every night.
    • Spanish and Civics: Exam tomorrow.

    Posted in exams, maths, reading log, sport, wall of fame | Leave a Comment »

    (did I just miss) Friday

    Posted by willkay on May 21, 2010

    “What bell was that?”

    “The bell to go home.”

    “But it can’t be. It can’t be the bell to go home. We haven’t taken in the reading log numbers. We haven’t read our memories. We haven’t practiced the dance for assembly. We haven’t, we haven’t, we haven’t…”

    Teaching can sometimes be a very imprecise art. You can plan your lessons. Tie the lessons together to make a day. Into each lesson you can build your buffers, those moments when you come to a sudden halt, and you can’t move forward. One of the skills of teaching is to never assume that you can cover more/extra ground. Each lesson should have one aim, one objective. If you manage to sneak in some extra learning, then you can pat yourself on the back and count that as a great day. More often than not, you go through the lesson, achieve your targets, walk away at the end of the day successful. And then you get days like today. I’d say that everything went wrong except…except we didn’t get to do everything. We barely managed to achieve one (of the five) targets I had set for the day. Maybe, if we’d done everything in a different order, we’d have achieved a lot more. But, unfortunately the threat of next week’s exams hovered over all our activities today, and not everyone’s mind was “in the game“.

    Failure. The target was to get every homework notebook signed, every day, this week. Yesterday we were on track. Today we were totally derailed. Two homework notebooks were not signed.

    First lesson was maths. On Monday it is the maths exam so, as I do every Friday before the exam, I planned to tell the students every question in the exam. It’s the way I teach, and after 24 years of teaching I’ve found it works. Tell the students what is in the exam, they learn the stuff, they do well in the exams. Of course, if the students were actually prepared for exams, they would know what is in them. They would only have to open their books to the page after the last exam, and learn from there-to-here. Amazingly, sometimes they don’t seem to work this out. So, being a generous type of chap, I tell them. Except, today we didn’t manage to get past question one: Simple Interest. Six weeks ago we covered simple interest. Six weeks ago. A life time for some students. It took 40 minutes to cover simple interest. That’s ok, I hear you say. Lesson is 60 minutes long. True, true, except today the fifth grade were having a Renaissance Fair, and that occupied the last twenty minutes of the lesson. One whole lesson to study one question. There are 12 questions in the exam, things were not going to plan.

    The Renaissance Fair was really interesting. The fifth grade had taken 11 different topics from the Renaissance period and presented talks on each theme. I managed to get around to only about six of the different expositions, and was very impressed with what I saw and heard. I hope that the sixth grade enjoyed it as well, although it was hard to tell in their fight/scramble for candy.

    The next lesson was supposed to be reading logs and stories. We did maths. Questions 3 and 4. This means that I did not take in the reading log numbers and, therefore, there is no new update for The Wall of Fame and The 200+ Club.

    We finally got through the whole exam. Unfortunately, the moment we finished the study guide coincided with the bell to go home.

    Something New:

    Favourite Moment Of The Day (FMOTD): Can we have another week of homework?

    It isn’t often that students actually ask for homework, and I have never heard of a student asking for a whole week of homework. However, with the failure to get the homework notebooks signed, I was asked if I could set another week of homework, just to give the students a chance to try to get all the homework notebooks signed.

    Attendance: One absent


    • Mexico/England shirt: You must be in gala uniform for assembly.
    • Calculator
    • Umbrella
    • Reading: This is not an option. You should be reading 20 minutes every night.

    Posted in assembly, maths, special event | 2 Comments »

    (chillax) Thursday

    Posted by willkay on May 20, 2010

    You know, trying to fill the gap between the double layers of Iron Man’s armour with water, is a lot harder than you’d think. Especially if you thought you were supposed to be draining the liquid originally. Also, it appears that the engineers don’t like it when, whilst wearing Iron Man’s armour, you stick your tongue out, and try to press the buttons in the visual display, inside the helmet. It was at this point in my dream, that I got involved in an argument about whether, when telling this dream to maria in the morning, I should call it Iron Man’s Armour or Iron Man’s Suit. I settled on armour just before the alarm went off.

    Three down, one to go. Third day running all homework notebooks signed. Tomorrow is the last day of the week. Will it be perfect?

    Today was not a normal day, by any stretch of the imagination. Computing and Spanish were switched around, so that Miss Claudia could introduce the topic, split the class up into groups, and set the tasks. Computing lesson was putting all that into motion. The students are working on team presentations in Powerpoint.

    We finished the story, we practised the song and dance for assembly, we filled in our homework notebooks, we marked the spelling homework, we went to recess. I made one swap at recess – I got The World Cup!

    After recess the sixth grade had their bonding exercise with Miss Monica. I have no idea what happened, it was students only. So if you want to know ask a sixth grader. One chance you might get to find out is via Scarlatte, who is the only student who has kept on writing a blog, because she has a new blog. There is a chance she might write in it about what happened. So, click here to find out.

    Something New: Tonight. First leg in Clausura 2010 Final. Go Santos!

    Favourite Moment Of The Day (FMOTD): Where are we?

    In theory, this shouldn’t be a FMOTD. When you ask a student to continue reading, they should know where we are in the book. So, if one student says it once it isn’t good. Twice, it is a bit annoying. Three times and…and you start to wonder what is going on in the lesson. When it happens the sixth/seventh/eighth time, you realise you are facing a losing battle, and the only thing left to do is chill-and-relax, chillax.

    Attendance: All present.


    • Reading Log
    • Calculator
    • Umbrella
    • Writing Assignment (for Friday): A Memory of your school years at BAI.
    • Reading: This is not an option. You should be reading 20 minutes every night.

    Posted in assembly, english, special event, spelling, student blog | Leave a Comment »

    (yeah, I want to dance with somebody) Wednesday

    Posted by willkay on May 19, 2010

    Day Two in the Big Brother House and (and I realise that none of my readers will get that reference so I’ll start again) Day Two and we are still rolling at 100%. YES! Day Two and all the homework notebooks are signed. Again!! That means we are half way towards our target (my target). Only two more days to go to get all the homework notebooks signed all week.

    After Spanish, we spent some time discussing how to climb Mount Everest. I say discussing but I probably mean, I told the class. After that we continued with our work on Scatter Plots. In Science we started a new subject: Machines. We discovered a new definition of work: force x distance. This means that (scientifically speaking) homework isn’t really work, unless you carry it from home to school. Just doing it at home isn’t work at all.

    Recess. I had no swaps to swap. I really must get round to buying some more stickers. However, the girls had decided they want to dance when we sing the song in assembly. I told them that they would have to choreograph a dance. Most of recess (for the girls) was spent trying to come up with moves for the first two lines (TWO LINES). The boys played basketball.

    After recess the boys decided that they too wanted to dance. We spent 40 minutes trying to put moves together for the first six lines. Whoot!

    Something New: Follow-up on Everest.

    Yesterday there were several questions about Everest (oh, and we also covered the word “follow-up” in the spelling list). So, last night I did some research about Everest and today presented it to the class.

    Favourite Moment Of The Day (FMOTD): I’ll dance, but only if you [Mr. Kay] teach us to dance.

    Not sure if it is my FMOTD or maria’s. Being an English, old bloke with no hips, there is a good chance that I cannot dance. And yet it has fallen to me to choreograph the sixth grade assembly. maria wants to know if they will all be “dancing with their thumbs”? Hey, I go down a storm at weddings!!!!

    Attendance: All present.


    • Maths: Practice 11-8 (not question 5)
    • Writing Assignment (for Friday): A Memory of your school years at BAI.
    • Reading: This is not an option. You should be reading 20 minutes every night.

    Posted in assembly, english, maths, science | 3 Comments »

    (charging through) Tuesday

    Posted by willkay on May 18, 2010

    Next week it is exams. The week after there are exams as well. The week after that we will be in the middle of June and (not giving too much away) I have a feeling that the school has certain things planned for June. There is a slight chance that this will be the last full week of homework. This is the last chance the 6th grade have of completing a whole week of signed homework notebooks. Day One was a success. All homework notebooks signed and on my desk. (Actually, to be more accurate, 20 out of 19 books, signed and on my desk.) Four days to go.

    A visitor to class, this morning. Yes, for the whole of the maths lesson we had a visitor sat in the back of the classroom – and not one single student has asked why? Amazing really. This is a bunch of students who will be distracted by the smallest thing (today it was a mosquito that might [or might not] have been in the room), who will search for the one thing they can ask that is totally off topic (when are the exams?), and yet when presented with the single most obvious distraction/off topic moment, they carried on regardless. And no one asked after the lesson either. Hey ho. We covered an introduction to Scatter Plots.

    English was the Grammar homework and a new Spelling List. The homework pointed out that the students don’t actual read the stories, or listen when their classmates are reading. Many of them couldn’t even remember the story we read on Friday, about Cesar Chavez. This is a bit worrying. Can’t remember a story from four days ago? Hmmmm.

    Recess. Managed to swap two more of my FIFA World Cup stickers. Must buy some more actually.

    Something New: Tijuana on top of the world. Everest conquered.

    Favourite Moment Of The Day (FMOTD): I’m sorry Mr. Kay.

    The fourth grade boys started playing football again at recess. They’ve been doing it for a couple of days now, but no one has told them off. Football has been stopped on the playground because of the 6th grade. They become too concentrated on the ball, the game, and don’t see what is happening around them. This led to several people being hit by footballs. The final straw was when a ball flew into the computer room and hit Miss Gaby (just missing a kindergarten student). So, football was banned. But, the fourth grade have slowly been introducing a game at recess, unnoticed by most as they have played quietly, and without interfering in anyone else’s enjoyment of recess. Unfortunately, for them, the game was noticed today by the sixth grade, and they asked if they could play. The answer was “No.” However, this meant that the fourth grade could no longer play either. I stopped the game. Half an hour later a fourth grade boy came and apologised for showing disrespect. I, at no stage, had felt or sensed any disrespect – in fact, I had felt slightly bad over the whole thing. However, this was wonderful. Made my day.

    Attendance: All present.


    • Maths: Reteaching 11-8
    • Spelling: Workbook page: 91, 92
    • Writing Assignment (for Friday): A Memory of your school years at BAI.
    • Reading: This is not an option. You should be reading 20 minutes every night.

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