Classroom Curiosities XVII

This belated edition features some failed origami, Ramadan, and some of my students grappling with the longevity of life. FriendShip My primary classes have been learning about procedures, and my 7 year olds were invited to make a paper boat. I tried before the lesson but couldn’t fathom the last step, so I asked my…

Classroom Curiosities XVI

When being an adult is tiring, it is good to see things from a child’s perspective. Luckily, I have over a hundred of them to brighten my week: Family friendly Some of my students have been writing personal recounts about a fun family day out. I always mark their drafts to avoid any recurring spelling…

Classroom Curiosities XIII

The hardest thing about being a teacher is keeping a straight face when the children say something unintentionally funny. This week’s round-up induced some eye twitching on my part: Pants I had my first wardrobe malfunction at work this week. I started the day feeling optimistic. I was chuffed that I could still squeeze into…

Classroom Curiosities XII

This week, I encountered some dubious morals, some beautifully misquoted idioms and received a blatant bribe. Here are more snorts and giggles from the classroom: A lesson well learnt Many of my classes were encouraged to write compositions this week and include a fitting moral ending. My younger students wrote about a storyboard which showed…

Classroom Curiosities X

Contrary to public opinion, I haven’t included a kiss in the title. I’ve been counting this series with Roman numerals for no good reason other than I’d quite like to see if I can. This week’s episode of things overheard in the classroom: Next big thing The word ‘author’ came up, so I asked the…

Classroom Curiosities VIII

Here is the latest from the classroom: Unfeasible Whilst singing the nursery rhyme ‘Hey Diddle Diddle’, one of my students stopped abruptly. When I asked why, he said, “But the cow didn’t really jump over the moon?” I asked whether the dish really ran away with the spoon, to which he replied, “Yes, that is…

Classroom Curiosities V

The latest round up of the things my students say in our classroom: Prepositions These small words, such as ‘at’, ‘on’ and ‘in’, may seem insignificant, but they can really bugger up the meaning of the sentence if used incorrectly. My lower primary students find it particularly confusing that you get in a car or…

Classroom Curiosities IV

After the Christmas break, I’m back with more insights from the classroom. Enjoy! Graphic imagery In one reading class, a child misread ‘failing eyesight’ as ‘falling eyesight.’ I mimicked what that could mean (dangly eyes) and the children were grossly delighted. ‘J’ is for… Anthropomorphism Students often encounter animals exhibiting human characteristics in literature (especially…