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The Weakest Link

Lynne is a Secondary Teacher with QTS who is currently working in schools in  Bristol  through Protocol Education. 

The Weakest Link

Sarcasm should not be in any teacher's toolkit but I have to admit that there is one situation where, as a supply teacher, I cannot resist bringing it out.

 I have shortish hair and (a very few) wrinkles. I sometimes wear half-moon reading spectacles. 

The beginning of a lesson often goes like this:
Pupil raises hand.
"Yes? Is it important? I'm trying to do the register."

"Has anyone ever told you you look like the woman on 'The Weakest Link'?"   
"Heavens! How original!  No one has ever suggested that before. Now let's get on with the register."
The temptation is to add one of Anne Robinson's choicest put-downs - 'if brains were taxed you'd get a refund' - but I desist. The pupil in question usually gets my sarcasm and doesn't pursue the matter though, occasionally, one whom AR would probably describe as 'the least likely candidate [in this class] for human cloning' continues to call out "you are the weakest link" to any pupil with whom I find fault in the course of the lesson.
The funny thing is I have never seen the programme, in fact I have not seen many programmes, ever. Since leaving my parents' house to go to university I have not lived in a home with a television. I just never felt the need for one.
Moreover, throughout my teaching career, I have not perceived that the children I teach benefit from all the hours they spend in front of the box. They might know every detail of Justin Bieber's lifestyle but have no grasp of current affairs. As far as I can see watching lots of television just seems to promote weaker links.
Related Blogs:
The Zumba Supply Teacher - also by Lynne


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