Thursday, 24 March 2011

My Inner Pedant

I am partial to a good argument, the cheerful back-and-forth of verbal sparring and the cut-and-thrust of a spot of banter. As a teacher, I have ample opportunity to indulge this habit...

“Miss, can ask I question?”

“You just did”

“Can I ask another one?”

“You just did.”

Face twisted into concentration. “Can I ask two questions?”

May I ask 2 questions”




“Pardon, not what”

“Wha- pardon? Miss, can I ask a question?”

Repeat ad nauseum.

This can happen multiple times daily and you know what? It never gets old. And they never learn. You do have to pick your moment however. Exam-stressed sixth formers have no humour about this sort of thing. Year 7s are fair game and they love trying to get round it you.

Oh, and this is when I'm not even trying....

Kisses xxx

P.S. Thanks so much for the suggestions about the page protectors - I found some!!!! I tracked them down to Capture the Magic, thanks to your help. This makes me ridiculously happy, and now today's project will have a home!


  1. Lol, I do this too, only I teach adults. One asked me today:
    "Can you answer a question for me?" I replied:

    "Probably not, but ask it anyway" She was absolutely dumbfounded, lol.

  2. Oh this made me giggle :) I have conversations like this with my younger brother (he's 22) and it always ends in fits of laughter! Loving your blog :) I'm over from BFS:)

  3. Glad you found some! I'm still waiting for my Two Peas order with mine in... grrrr to the post!

  4. over here from bfs. love your post. good giggle! maryjo

  5. You cruel child-torturing woman! So funny though! So long as you can read the signs of tears before they get to that point...
    Very naughty, but fun...

  6. Yep, me too :) So pleased that you, too, became a teacher because you love to torture kids! xx

  7. ah yes stressed 6th formers i remember them well. i used to teach back in southampton and exam times, if not hormonal times were tough. glad to say they do grow out of it and my friend luke, an ex-student has turend into the best about to be qualified nurse ever. thats when i feel proud and a sense of achievement,
    Jo xxx

  8. Lov this sounds like you have a great sense of humor. It might be rare to find a student who appreciates your sparring, but I bet it's a real treat when one of them responds in kind!

    P.S. Stopping in from BFS.

  9. I like winding up students too! I teach 16+ students at college, you are right - it never gets old! :)