I do love being unkind to children … I think that must be why I decided to go into teaching in the first place. This was my April Fools’ Day prank –
I stuck this notice on the door and then hid, along with the first three children who’d arrived to class. They hid under the tables, but I felt that it would be slightly undignified for me to be seen scrambling out from underneath a table, so I hid in a corner.
We then waited for anxious faces to peer around the door, wondering what on earth was going on, so that we could shout ‘April Fool!’ and laugh at them. A thoroughly enjoyable experience, managing to disguise mean-spirited mocking as cultural enrichment.
One boy brought along the timetable for his boxing tournament this weekend –
and I was interested to see that, even when you’re beating seven kinds of crap out of someone, you still stop halfway through and pray. Presumably you either pray for victory or for mercy, depending on the way the fight’s going.
My other big moment this week was an appearance as a retired French supermodel in a 1970’s murder mystery –
and I have to say that I really nailed that role –
disappointingly, I didn’t turn out to be the murderer, but I did manage to murder a few vowels along the way, with my utterly convincing, thick French accent.