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This is a question Absolute Power

Have you ever been put in a position of power? Did you become a rabid dictator, or did you completely arse it up and end up publicly humiliated? We demand you tell us your stories.

Thanks to The Supreme Crow for the suggestion

(, Thu 8 Jul 2010, 14:09)
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This year was my first time teaching Year 1
For those who are not familiar with primary school year 1 are 5 year olds. This was their first year of formal school.

I had a lower ability group which meant that all the children in my class were unable to read and write last September.

We are a week off the end of the school year, they can now all read and write. Yes some are better than others but all can read and write to some degree.

I have given the gift of literacy to 25 people.

That is absolute power.
(, Sat 10 Jul 2010, 17:16, 16 replies)

(, Sat 10 Jul 2010, 17:50, closed)
Oh man,
you win!
(, Sat 10 Jul 2010, 17:54, closed)
I'll click to that!

(, Sat 10 Jul 2010, 18:45, closed)
Duly clicked

(, Sat 10 Jul 2010, 18:49, closed)
Prove it.
Get your kids to start contributing to QOTW.
Or better still, /talk.
(, Sat 10 Jul 2010, 20:22, closed)
You rule!
Well done. I know enough about teaching to know it isn't easy, so for me, you rule!
(, Sat 10 Jul 2010, 21:52, closed)
Or it didn't happen ;)
(, Sat 10 Jul 2010, 22:56, closed)
In fact, for 25, have a Yay! as well. Nicely done.
(, Sun 11 Jul 2010, 0:37, closed)
Click! for being a good citizen etc. at least some people can make a difference!
(, Sun 11 Jul 2010, 9:53, closed)
Nice one. Love it. Well done you.
I'm sure you'll appreciate my story then. It's not worthy of its own post, so I hope you don't mind me appending it to yours.

My parents taught me to read long before I started school, as many do. When I first started primary school, there were several kids there who couldn't read for shit. Scratch that - it was a rough area, most of them couldn't read their own names. When my teachers spotted that I could read better than they could, they sneakily assigned me to helping the other kids learn.

Long story short: I was an English teacher before my fifth birthday. At least one kid owes his literacy to me. Best thing I've ever done.

So go you. I know how it feels. :)
(, Sun 11 Jul 2010, 23:10, closed)
Well done :)
Next: teach them to overthrow Parliament.
(, Mon 12 Jul 2010, 2:24, closed)
As an NQT with a fairly mixed bag of Year One in September
your post gives me much hope! Well done, that's an amazing achievement, must've been bloody hard work!
(, Mon 12 Jul 2010, 11:41, closed)
I found that learning phonics really worked.
Also I never tell them how to spell words. Doing that makes spelling seem like something magical that other people can do.

Might I suggest the site mrspancake.com for some lovely signs for your new room.
(, Mon 12 Jul 2010, 17:19, closed)
There is no justice in this world
if this doesn't win.
(, Mon 12 Jul 2010, 13:02, closed)
It's about time
we found someone who is proud of giving the little treasures the start of a real education. Soon, unfortunately, that will fade and they'll become pawns in a datastream (strangulated analogy there). Therefore, WOOHOO! FOR YOU!
(, Mon 12 Jul 2010, 17:03, closed)
Absolute Power...
..indeed! Have a click from me too. Does your Head recognise this fact? People don't realise that they all started with someone like, and as good as, YOU!
(, Mon 12 Jul 2010, 22:29, closed)

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