They (Primary Two kids) were a barely controllable mass of energy and restlessness. I now know why my Primary school teachers were such tyrants - they had to be. Within minutes, I felt the words "Shut up and sit down" waiting at the tip of my tongue. In the space of 1 hour, I began to use time-honoured and much-hated tag questions that I normally reserved for the worst of my students:
- "Is there something interesting outside of that window?"
- "How difficult can it be to sit down and keep quiet, hmmm?"
- "Which part of 'Sit down and keep quiet' did you not understand?"
- "What did I say? WHAT did I say? Hmmm? That's right: if you've completed your test, just sit down and wait"
Thankfully, one of the school's teachers dropped in from time to time to look in. Her methods were more direct:
- "YOU!" glare