Friday, November 28, 2008

The Great Red Spot

A couple of weeks ago, an email went around the department saying that they had just bought a stack of laser pointers that we could use. Never one to look a gift horse in the mouth, I immediately snapped one up.  It's great for pointing out stuff on the board while standing by the student who you want to answer a question ("What's the tense?" while pointing out the -ing ending, for example, eliciting the response "Er, passé?").

Now I've discovered an even better use for it. Now, any student trying to surreptitiously text a mate or or do the sudoku¹ will suddenly find their phone or paper illuminated by a red spot, as if an assassin was about to shoot it out of their hands. It's amazing how quickly they put their toys away, and I don't even need to say anything.

I wish I'd had one for school last year.

¹ These free papers have a lot to answer for. Students never used to turn up with newspapers back in the days when they actually had to pay for them.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Today a student told me I looked like Paul Scholes.

Absolute rubbish.

I mean, I wouldn't be seen dead in a Man Utd shirt.

M. le prof

Paul Scholes

And, yes, I know I've been silent for the last 2 months. More to come, I promise....

Edit: Thanks to Mme le Prof for pointing out this page wasn't working in Internet Explorer. If you didn't see the picture of the man in red, you might want to install a decent browser like Opera or Firefox