Year 8 English: a lesson on Personal Reflective writing for their upcoming assessment task.
I was going through what “milestone” events are in people’s lives and getting the kids to call out examples while I was putting them up on the board.
“First day at school!”
I turned around and said, “Well yes, for most people but I’m still waiting for mine.”
They all laughed and then Oscar piped up with, “I could fix that right now Miss!”
My other year 8 class. Creative writing this time. Whenever I use a guy’s name in an example I use “Joe Lunchbucket” because it’s funny. It becomes a running joke throughout the year. I said it and then the talk veered from the lesson.
“What happens if you ever meet a man called Joe Lunchbucket, Miss?” said Nick.
“Of there’s no question. I’d have to marry him. It’d be fate,” I said.
“But what if it’s Joanne Lunchbucket?” someone asked.
“I’d have to use the “anne” part as my escape clause,” I said.
“But what if he’s 85?” a kid in the back row called out.
I opened my mouth to answer… something about not needing long to wait to become rich or something… but then I noticed Dan in the front row. An excellent thought had obviously occurred to him; he was jumping around with glee and trying to catch my eye. When I looked at him he jumped up and said, “Wouldn’t matter… they’d be the same age!”
The class was most appreciative.