[I wait for my boys outside my door. This is what it is like before we even set foot inside the classroom.]
Morning Nimrod. Good to see you. How was yesterday’s match? Oh, I’m sorry. Better luck next time.
Phinehas, you are dripping sweat. Please go wash at least your face. Come back quickly.
Hi guys! Come in, come in.
Morning Peter. Do you have the work that is still outstanding? Wait, you are blocking everybody else’s way, just stand aside while you rummage through your bag.
Boys! You can chat to the girls later. Best you come inside now.
Morning David. Great performance at assembly today. I am so proud of you! No? Did she really? Well, you recovered quite well, I did not even notice the glitch.
Boaz, you are almost late. Good to see you.
Yes, you are late. Move it you two!
[Eventually, I have more or less everybody inside the classroom.]
[A few loud responses. A few mumbles. Some grunts.]
Is everybody connected?
Absalom, how can you say that you are connected if you don’t even have your iPad out? Yes, you are in class, you will need your iPad.
Yes, yes, Liam, I know Aaron sat on one of the gym balls yesterday, but he was here before you. You cannot try and kick the ball from under him. You know this.
Nebuchadnezzar, I did receive your email yesterday, thank you. Did you notice that I responded to your email? Okay. I do need you to take a seat now, please.
Abbener, you are extremely late. Do you have a note?
Balthazar, the cushions are for sitting on, not for lying under. Thank you.
Asa, is there a reason you are leaning out the window? Please join the rest of us.
No, the document you emailed me was not corrupted, Uriah. You just didn’t do your work. Do you think I have not seen that one before? I will need that work in my inbox by the end of today.
Okay, is everybody connected? Absalom, I’m glad to see that you have your iPad out.
Yes, Bartholomew? We will be reading today, but not just quite yet. I am also enjoying the book, I am very glad that you think it is exciting.
Yes, Caleb? Ask Bartholomew, he just asked me exactly the same question.
I know you live for rugby, Goliath, but please put down the ball.
No, I have not yet seen the latest episode of The Walking Dead. Thank you, Ezra, for giving away that key plot moment. By the way, can anybody tell me if I was being ironic or sarcastic in that last sentence?
Absolutely! Great answer, Jabez!
Is everybody settled and comfortable?
I want us to chat about – No, Elijah, you can put down your hand, I’m not going to chat about any TV shows now – I want us to chat about …
[Believe it or not, from here on, teaching and learning happens. And it happens every day. Sometimes it is raining, and they come in like a pack of wet puppies. Sometimes it is hot out and they were running around all break time. Sometimes, they come back from Maths and they have received a test that everybody, except for Ezekiel, has failed. Even so, somehow, we make it work, day after day.
I love my job.]