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Tricks students play

A selection of your classroom anecdotes involving tricks that students play.

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    Author: Clyde Fowle Type: Anecdote

    Early on in my teaching career I got a job in an international hotel and tourism college in Bangkok. Previous to this I had only taught in small private language schools. The new job seemed like a significant step up the ladder of academia. Little did I know what was in store. I was assigned to teach a composition course to final year students, who were only about a year or two younger than myself. Trying to teach writing to groups of fifty fun-loving Thai students was not an easy task. ...

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    Some years ago I was new teacher in a primary school with 24 rather noisy children. They were making buildings from the stone age made with small balls of burned clay. In this English lesson a lot of the boys were playing with these clay-balls. Suddenly I'd had enough and in an angry tone I told the children to throw these balls up to me! - They did, about 100 balls were thrown after me, they hit me, the blackboard etc. I was a terrible mess, but I couldn't help laughing it was my own ...

  • Anecdote: So much for a tidy classroom!

    Author: Andrea Zibung Type: Anecdote

    I have the reputation of being one of those teachers who keep complaining about messy classrooms, littered floors, scribbling on desks and stuff lying around on the teacher's desk that does not belong there at all. Therefore, at the beginning of each English lesson, I ask my students to quickly tidy up so that the general disorder does not exceed my level of tolerance.

  • Anecdote: Strong students

    Author: Alejandra Trigo Type: Anecdote

    I am an English teacher at a high school in Mexico. I give classes to several groups from different grades. I have always had a very nice relationship with all my students. Usually this would be considered a good thing, and in most cases it is. Unfortunately in some other cases this can cause students to see me just as another one of their kind.

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