Thursday, 19 November 2015

Life after 3.30 - a poem

Life after 3.30

Sitting in my classroom
In my natural habitat
Can't find the bloody highlighters
And where's my green pen at?!

It's not under the table
Look - that missing glue stick lid!
Those kids were meant to tidy up!
I wonder what they did?!

Well, I give up, can't find the green
I'll have to use red pen
Can't let them know I'm going against
The marking policy again...

Right, let's start this marking pile
Shit - why's that one first?!
Tip: when you start your marking
NEVER open with your worst.

So, what's my "next step" comment?
Well, where do I even start?! 
She clearly hasn't checked against
The success criteria chart.

Right, next book up - yes! Capitals
Are all in the right spot!
But wait - don't speak too soon
Because punctuation, they forgot.

Another book, more work to mark
Now this kid's in the know!
Oh look, that famous simile:
"It was as white as snow".

I'll use this as assessment
Cos I can't mark anymore 
Now I must decide:
Are they 'emerging' or 'secure'?

No-one can be 'exceeding' yet 
It's only Autumn 2!
For them to be 'exceeding' now
They must know more than you

Wait, what's lower than 'emerging'?
Is it 'developing' or 'below'?
Is there one below 'below'?
I mean, just how low can we go?!

I've done my grid - ah,
Look at all this data I have made!
Oops - I'll change this one
So he can meet his target grade.

Right, time to leave - oh joy!
I get to walk home in the dark.
Until I spot another pile
Of books I'm yet to mark...

Find me on Twitter @_MissieBee (previously @Miss_RQT)


  1. Love it! I am in my first term as an NQT and seem to constantly be finding glue lids and pen lids no matter how many times I tell my year 3's and some of them have very peculiar ideas of tidying up! I'm still getting my head round the new non levels thing :L

  2. Comedy!!! I recognise lots of this...

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