Another great guest submission: "Here's another gem from today's creative writing session. For context purposes, we're reading the book Woof, about a boy called Eric who turns into a dog. Today's task was to imagine what a day with Eric might be like. Either this boy has made a spelling error, or it'd be like something from a top shelf magazine..."
Obviously, when I say 'It's educator adoration week', what I mean is that it'll probably take me at least five weeks to post the two items I have.
This is a guest post - thank you for your submission!
The modesty here is astounding, but the sheer gratitude and emotion behind it all makes me long for the days when Shania-La-Tewkesbury Mustard hadn't grown up and had kids of her own with equally daft names and was, therefore, prime material for being shouted at herself. Sorry - bizarre personal moment there...
You may remember Hitler's Giant Ears, all part of some bizarre concoction known as 'Hitler Day', in which the aforementioned ranty Führer was vilified for his murderous foreign policy through the application of massive, pencil-rendered ears.
I meant to post this part, the flip-side of the page, but somehow forgot. It's quite nice if you see it as political commentary; perhaps, one day, the responsible Chalkette could be appearing next to your breakfast in a reputable broadsheet. Or, more likely, the Little Humplington Free Press, circulation 3, including editor and family...
I'm getting the impression that someone really, really wants mum or dad to splash out on a bit of Apple kit for them. Lo and behold - the iPhone!
I checked - there's actually an old mobile phone in there, completely taped up and with a printed out iPod touch screen on the top. I'd buy the poor kid an iPod if (a) they weren't so expensive and (b) I wasn't the proud possessor of a heart of stone.
The back isn't quite as impressive as on the iPad, and it's a bit more masking tape based rather than the stylish sellotape option. Quite desirable, I'm sure you'd agree.
I found this in the classroom at break. It's not quite the same as the leaked iPhone model, and it would appear Apple have gone for a mainly-held-together-with-sellotape feel. However, as 9to5 Mac noted, there are indeed no screws on the bottom...
The Notepad app seems to have been updated with a simple blue-lined schoolpaper design, and is complemented by a new style home button.
Obviously, wi-fi reception is of great importance, although some may say the new aluminium back feels a little cheaper than the current unibody design.
Looks like the logo has been refreshed, as well. It's challenging designs like these which keep Apple at the forefront of consumer electronics. Let's hope the engineer who lost it doesn't fare too badly!
Look - I've no idea. We were learning to write 'lede' paragraphs for newspaper articles and this popped up. 'Did you copy and paste that?' I said.
'I think you did. What does promiscuous mean?'
'So you copy and pasted, right?'
'Whur', by the way, seems to be a special word for 'I don't know and don't care'. It's banned in my classroom. Despite this, it finds its way into many a conversation.
I do believe this is something to do with Weird Al Yankovic. In fact, by allowing a child to copy out these lyrics, I've probably violated the DMCA and Peter Mandelson will be round drooling and banging his head repeatedly against the door whilst a variety of record company executives cheer him on. Take a moment to visit 38 Degrees and help fix the only really broken bit of 'broken Britain'.
I removed this from a Year Six, who was busy discussing the new arrival who'd been shown round that morning. It would appear he knew her from a previous school, but sadly had to dump (or, indeed, 'dupe') her due to the cruelties of parentally-forced relocation. You can't stop true love!
Today's top tip: If you're writing a death threat, why not get someone else to do the writing for you, or at least make the effort to cut out a variety of letters from a discarded Daily Mirror. Oh, and don't sign your name.
Well, this is a bit of an exciting turn-up for Broken Chalk. Finally, evidence that it's not just me who has the odd peculiarity in class - yes, it's a guest submission!
This is from... well, let's just call her Mrs S (because we wouldn't want to get investigated by the GTC for openly mocking children, would we?), who says 'This is from a Year 3 test on making Treasure Maps. I'm hoping the child meant to write "pencils". Really hoping.'
Ironically, unless that 'Dude Looks Like A Lady' thing was more influential than I first anticipated, this was directed at a female classroom assistant, whom (up to now, at least) has shown no signs of being a dude at all. Well, apart from a small grey moustache, but that happens naturally once you've passed the menopause and the testosterone starts to outnumber the oestrogen. Apparently.
Oh, and what is that bloody 'S' thing they keep drawing everywhere? I'm worried there's some weird religious cult amongst the Key Stage 1 children that's spilling upwards.
The school's email filtering system very kindly sends me any attempts which didn't make it past the system. It's probably a good job this one found its way to me, rather than to its intended recipient, a rather quiet young girl who might well have found the whole thing a little disturbing.
This is dedication - I had to turn this pencil case outside and flatten it onto the photocopier for this gem. A quick investigation revealed that he'd borrowed the pencil case from his older brother, which kind of explains the lurid graffiti within. 'Perhaps you'd best take it back home,' I suggested kindly. 'And bin it.'