From the brown book. Emma from England's West Midlands was in her early twenties when I offered her a job in my department...
"Well, where do I start? I know that compared to many I have known you for a relatively short time but I can honestly say that you have been more influential in my life than many I have known for all of it. Without wanting to sound too over the top, I will be forever indebted for what I have learned from you. Below are just some of the things I will take from knowing you
- Obviously the first should be my teaching. I really would have never survived the first year without your support. I will always remember the first time I heard you bellow - telling off a child. I actually felt a little guilty that I sent him to you - but such feelings later wore off.
- Your work ethic - I always thought that I worked hard before I met you but I have never known someone so dedicated and yet receive so little appreciation for this.
- The fact that I now have some geographical knowledge owes a lot to the conversations we had in your car when you gave me lifts home.
- I now think twice about the energy I use at home and always shut down my home computer and refuse to leave the TV on stand-by.
- Strangely I now find myself checking how Hull City did at the weekend and I am always a little disappointed if they have lost.
- I am more determined than ever to write my book and in a sense it doesn't matter how rubbish it might be because really it is more for me than any potential audience.
- I should eat more curry dishes because they really are NOT all the same.
- Confirmation that "EastEnders" is the best soap on TV. (An afterthought here is that rather than teaching you could become a scriptwriter for the show. I'm sure you could do it with your eyes closed!)
- To say what I mean and mean what I say.
- Your holepunch.
I promised myself at the start of this that I wouldn't attempt a poem but in thinking about what you have taught me I find myself imagining sitting in one of your lessons on poetry and hearing you say that I should just try my best so here goes:-
Who will listen to my rants and share
When a child is being rude and unruly
What do I do when I can't call on yours truly?
In detentions students will sit and brace
Should I tell them to draw a smiley face?
At the end of the day when all have gone home
Will I be left in the department alone?
How will I cope the whole year through?
I hope this goes some way to showing how much you will be missed. Thank you and enjoy your stress-free future."
Love, Emma xx