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(one man show) Thursday

Posted by willkay on November 18, 2010

It’s time to stop sharing food. It’s time to start washing hands regularly. It’s time to start using the Clorex wipes. Yes, it’s that time of year. Four teachers (that’s FOUR) off sick. Which means that it is time to take care, and make sure that you are not putting yourself at risk of catching whatever it is that they have caught. Fortunately, at the moment, the sixth grade seem to be surviving without too many casualties. This is not the time that sixth graders should be getting ill. The last four weeks before the Christmas break are very important. As soon as the students come back in January, it will be time to sit the Junior High School exams. This means that I am trying to cover as much ground as possible in maths, and these are lessons the students should miss. So, wrap up warm. Eat well. Get lots of sleep. Stay healthy.

At last: two and a half weeks after I intended to study square roots, we finally arrived at square roots. Before we actually did square roots, we quickly ran through a couple of questions about circumference and area of a circle. Then it was straight into square roots which turned out to be…well, easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy. The only hard part was finding square roots of non-perfect squares. When a number falls between two square numbers (for example 30 which is between 25 and 36), what is the square root? In our example it is going to be between 5 and 6. As 30 is closer to 25, the answer will be 5. Whoot.

Grammar, and we dealt with tenses. The present, the past, the future. At some point the students disappeared for a computer lesson. When they returned there was a rumour about a computer exam on December 2nd. This has yet to be confirmed, but try and find out if there is an exam because we wouldn’t want a repeat of the exam fiasco.

After recess, for the students it was Spanish and History, for me it was the fifth grade. Not just one fifth grade, both of them. Not just for a lesson, for one and a half lessons. Unable to fit that many students into a classroom we went and sat on the tables outside the shop, and I put on a one man show. Yes, I managed to talk for an hour and a half (with a three minute intermission for restrooms and water). By the end I was exhausted, but there was still another lesson with the sixth grade to get through. We read.

English Word of the Day. Chemist. It’s not a pharmacy, it’s not a drug store, it’s a chemist. [Thanks Ana Paola]


  • Maths: Practice 8-5. Do not do 21-24.
  • Grammar: Workbook page: 44
  • Spelling: Workbook page: 38
  • Reading Log Numbers
  • Writing/Presentation Assignment: Invention. (for tomorrow)
  • Reading: you should be reading for 20 mins every night.

5 Responses to “(one man show) Thursday”

  1. Ana Paola said

    I remember the english word of the day. Well I think is chemist. Its not pharmacy is a chemist.
    Hope i don’t get ill Mr.Kay!

  2. Lilian said

    To prevent a cold, do take Airborne. Although it has been mentioned that it really does not work, it DOES for me. The instant I feel a cold coming I take 2 tablets of Airborne, every four hours, and Alas! No cold!
    Try it, you’ll be amazed! But you do have to take it the instant you get the first symptom, if you do it later than an instant, I’m afraid it doesn’t work.

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