TMI Tuesday – Back from Beyond

After a hiatus of a couple of weeks TMI is back! And better than ever!

1. The best part of your job is _____ .

The students. Even the annoying ones. Nothing beats the rush of seeing a student succeed. Or seeing a student finally, finally FINALLY, gets it or finally, finally, FINALLY following your instructions.

Last week I had two such moments. The first one was a student, who I have taught for two and a half years, persist through a task even though the initial reward I offered had been won by other students. Maths is not his strong suit, he has overcome some challenging circumstances and improved his attendance. He is growing into a young man who is almost ready to graduate successfully. I will cry at his graduation.

The second was another young man who I have just started teaching this year. He is a basket baller and a protégée of my work child. Until last week he seemed terrified of me. For some reason last week it came to his attention that the teacher he idolises is actually friends with me. Suddenly I was cool and he is talking to me! Weird thing to get excited about I know.

2. My favorite quote is _____ .

“Such is Life”

Made by Ned Kelly, an Australian folk hero. Interestingly he was also a criminal. He made the above statement as he went to the gallows in 1880. The modern version of this quote is “It is what it is” which is something I say a lot.

3. The best part of my day is _____ .

Getting in to bed at night. Sinking down into the mattress, feeling the day ease away and snuggling under the doona.

4. What is the hardest part of your job? How do you deal with it?

The parents. The vast majority of kid’s behavior problems, stem directly from parenting. If a kid is spouting some weird idea that sounds very un-teenager like you can bet your bottom dollar they heard it at home.

Ignoring some of the stuff they say/ do is one way of dealing with it. Another way I deal with difficult parents is politely and tactfully and then going and banging my head against the wall when they aren’t looking.

5. You must write a “how to guide” about something for which you have expertise. What is this guide about or tell us the title?

I am going out on a limb and saying giving oral sex. The title of my guide would be “The Best Things to do with Your Mouth That Don’t Involve Words”

Bonus: What would you name your boat?

Mr Jones has owned several boats over our time together. The most memorable one was “Imagination”. We didn’t name this one. The one with the best name was “Gemma” we definitely named her!

Bonus Bonus: A picture taken on board “Imagination”

This post is part of TMI Tuesday for 1 June 2020 as always there is much goodness to read and enjoy so head on over and check it out!