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marked the exams!

Posted by willkay on December 3, 2011

I got a phone call from Professor Rene yesterday (Friday), and he was asking if the beard was still there! Yes it is. Except, it had grown so long that, while eating an iced doughnut (that’s a donut to you) , I ended up with a collection of food in my beard. For anyone who has read Roald Dahl’s The Twits (and why haven’t you?) they will know that this is the most disgusting thing about beards. So, today I went out and bought a trimmer for my beard – so that I am neatly groomed for school! Unfortunately, I haven’t worked out the settings, and I trimmed my beard a bit too close. It now looks like it did in week three. Never mind, I still have a beard. And yes, I will be keeping it for the foreseeable future. It is Mrs. Kay’s birthday on Thursday (you knew that didn’t you?), Christmas is also coming – so it’s a cheap birthday/Christmas present for Mrs. Kay. Now I’ll just have to convince her to buy me a camera :^) Anyway, a picture of my beard.

It has been a really good Saturday. We had a long lie in this morning, as the kids had nothing to do. We then went out to buy my beard trimmer, and stopped off for tacos at my favourite taco stand – Sergio’s, which is just off Las Palmas, near Instituto México. When I got home I watched some rugby, Australia v Wales, trimmed my beard, and settled down to mark the maths exams.

Let’s do the bad news first: no one, in either group, scored 10. However, there was a 9.9 in both groups! In fact, in both groups, there were six students who scored 9.0 and above. Well done to them! Overall I was very happy with the results. It was a hard exam and most people did very well. There were some people who made silly mistakes [in 6A 7 (SEVEN) students forgot (FORGOT) that the area of a triangle is half (HALF) the area of a parallelogram], and there were others who made mistakes because of confusion. But, overall, I am a happy maths teacher.

Now, long time readers of this blog will know that I have, over the years, had extra sections added to this blog:

  • Interesting fact of the day
  • English word of the day
  • Favourite moment of the day

So far, this year I haven’t added a new section. However, Mrs. Kay told me an interesting fact on Thursday night, a fact that I did not know before. It appears that Archduke Franz Ferdinand was so vain that he had his uniforms sewn (yes, sewn) onto his body, so that they would not crease. This probably led to his death. For those of you who remember, the Archduke was assassinated, and his death provoked the start of The First World War. Now, Mrs. Kay states that when he was shot, his life could have been saved. However, because his uniform was sewn (yes SEWN) onto his body, the doctors couldn’t get to treat the wound quickly enough. Thus he died, the world was plunged into war. Of course, the result of The First World War led to the rise of Hitler, and therefore The Second World War, and all the atrocities that occurred there. Amazing. One vain man’s actions could cause the death of so many people. However, Mrs. Kay remembered where she had discovered this fact, in a book. As everyone knows, Mrs Kay has a huuuuuge library (why haven’t you emailed her and asked for a copy of a book?), and so she quickly found the book and started spouting “interesting facts“. Therefore, the blog will now have a new section:

Mrs. Kay’s Interesting Fact Of The Day

Every day, she will send me an interesting fact and, when I write that day’s blog entry, I will also add that to my post. Hurray! So, here goes:

Mrs. Kay’s Interesting Fact Of The Day: Every year, the Yellow River in China drags enough yellow chalk sediment from the deserts to build a wall 91 cm. thick, and 91 cm. tall, that would extend around the earth 23 times!


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3 Responses to “marked the exams!”

  1. Sewn? As in sewn into the flesh????

    • willkay said

      Yes. He was very vain! He didn’t want any wrinkles. And, in the long run, his vanity cost him his life. If only he’d gone down “The Emperor’s New Clothes” route! Then the doctors would have been able to get to the bullet :^)

  2. Marcela Barraza said

    Hurray for the new section Mrs. Kay! i did’nt know about that sewn uniform.

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