Friday, 22 April 2016

Out Of The Mouths Of Babes!

A recent newspaper photo of the village schoolchildren 
Complaining about speeding on the main road
( Animal helper Pat is centre)

Well it's 44 years since I stepped into a Primary school, so I was half expecting to smell those awful nostalgic smells of warm milk in small bottles, thin custard and cheep disinfectant in cold toilets when I was shown into the junior class of 8 year olds to talk about blogging
The village school , as it turned out, was a colourful inviting, vibrant place with a firm but jolly teacher in charge of twenty or so impeccably behaved youngsters.
I sat on a tiny chair before starting and looked Miranda Hart in that episode when she got her bum stuck in the school chair.
The kids were polite and asked questions and I tried to cover the dos and don'ts about blogging as constructively as I could, especially as the class plans to start their own blog under the supervision of the teacher. I showed them photos of the international novelty veg competition entries to illustrate just how many silly sausages are around in this world to join in to your world and tried to underline things like privacy and good practice without sounding too boring.
One girl wanted to tell me that my nickname was " The Chicken Man" whilst  another young lad asked if writing blogs everyday was boring.
I did have one sticky moment when another boy put his hand up to say that his mum often laughed at my blog...but I got away with A noncommittal " thats good!"
I asked the teacher to read this entry out in way of some sort of explaination.......at least the kids laughed when I told them the story of my giving a lecture on blogging to the Llanasa Women's Institute....four decrepit old ladiesin the middle row fell asleep during that one!
One even started to snore like a pig as I recall.

Today was an eyeopener for me. I witnessed a teacher in control of a class of polite children that were a credit to her, her helpers and to the school. It was a lovely experience

And I didn't swear once!
Hey ho.

47 comments:

  1. Your courage is admirable!
    I'd rather face a roomful of snoring old ladies than a roomful of eight-year-olds asking questions.

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    1. Old ladies are bad hecklers

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    2. hahahaha .... speaking as an old lady !

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  2. I think you are more than just The Chicken Man. My favorite stories are those when you write about the people of your lovely town, and then, of course, about your dogs and Albert. I am sure your talk was more entertaining than one of their lessons and they were grateful for your visit.

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  3. who knows what you've inspired!

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    1. Scotch egg eating amongst the youth of north wales?

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  4. I'm glad it went so well.

    You're quite the celebrity.

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  5. Hey ho . . . and well done . . .
    Fostering writing, creating, designing . . . is a very good thing!
    Great project for those school "littles!"
    (Send us their blog link so we can read??)

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  6. Spreading your wealth of information to another generation. They will now follow Going Gently and learn a lot more.

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    1. I hope not! I was careful just to talk about the history blog

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  7. Good job! And kudos to the teacher, as well, and pupils. It gives one hope!

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  8. I wonder what boy's Mum reads your blog?!!! I think you should charge to advise on blog writing and tour the country with 'An Audience with Going Gently'. Your fans would pay good money and come in droves to see you. The front row seats could be reserved for the likes of Auntie Glad, Jason and his wife, and other renowned folk of Trelawnyd. As you recall village tales your blog reader's could play the parts of the red faced farmer and Bunty and her geese etc. Do you need an agent? ;)

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    1. You can take 30%

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    2. That's a fair chunk!

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  9. Schools seems so much nicer these days, one thing that has changed for the better over time I think. X

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  10. Well done John!
    It's interesting that your nickname in Trelawnyd is "The Chicken Man". Until now I never realised that cowardice was one of your most noteworthy character traits.

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  11. Yet another form of community service done with grace and style! Well done, Chicken Man!

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  12. So glad it all went well John. I think many schools have got an unnecessarily poor reputation. I taught for many years in an inner city, multi racial Comprehensive and on the whole I found all the kids interesting and delightful in their different ways.

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    1. 20 odd kids in the class must be a bonus too pat!

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  13. Me thinks you deserve a Scotch egg!

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  14. Fantastic John!!! How great to be spreading your wings and spreading news of the great world of blogging!!! A good way to start to instil good online practice with the young in a fun way!

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  15. Simply put, children terrify me. Bravo for surviving that one.

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  16. I just knew it would be a good experience for you and the kiddos! Congrats on a job well done!

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  17. Congratulations, Johnthedogs---er, Chicken Man!

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  18. I suppose like most teachers here, yours are dedicated and pretty damn good, but the buerocracy and governments make their lives very difficult.

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    1. I think this is an universal problem

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  19. Umm, my teacher may not have instilled great spelling.

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  20. I suppose like most teachers here, yours are dedicated and pretty damn good, but the buerocracy and governments make their lives very difficult.

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  21. I hope the teacher gave you a star for not swearing! What a wonderful setting for learning. If only all teachers were like her.

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  22. Good for the teacher, good for the children, and ... er ... good for you for not swearing :) No, really, good for you for sharing your talent and knowledge with the next generation. Without swearing!!

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  23. Lovely all around.

    cheers, parsnip

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  24. Good job. Please do share their blog link when it is up and running. I am sure they'd love to have a vibrant international following like you have :)

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  25. You are such a good egg.

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  26. Well done John, My youngest daughter is an English teacher at a secondary school and deals with stroppy teenagers on a daily basis, but she quivers at the thought of dealing with primary age kids. You obviously have a way with the little "angels". I would rather sh*t into my own hands.... and clap.

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  27. Spelling: 4/10. See me.

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  28. Did you tell them about your favourite blogger

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    1. No .... he didn't mention me once ;-)

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