Dear Miss Trunchbull,
I’m writing to you to because I’m worried about Miss Honey. I don’t think you’ve noticed, but she’s not herself at the moment. Something is missing from our classroom, and I’m not sure, but I think it might be Miss Honey’s smile and the the little twinkle she always had in her eye when we were learning lots of new and exciting things.
We used to love coming to school on a Monday morning. Miss Honey was always pleased to see us and hear what we’d been up to at the weekend. She says we’re not allowed to do ‘Show and Tell’ anymore. Sometimes, we’d start the day with a story or poem – or we’d choose our own books and get to read them quietly. (You could only hear the sound of pages turning and imaginations growing!) But now on Monday mornings we have to spend 45 minutes copying our ‘Learning Plan’ for the week from the board. And of course, this means that on Friday afternoon we have to do our ‘Peer Review’ to find out what we actually learned and to decide what our next steps and targets for next week will be. It is a tiresome business. Poor Miss Honey has to write a mini report card into every single Homework Diary ‘to keep parents informed’. I preferred Friday afternoon when we had time to play and choose our own activities. Miss Honey used to show us how to make origami giraffes or race Bruce on Mario Kart or play Family Fortunes with us.
Miss Honey has tried to speak to you about these things, but you never listen. You’re too busy giving commands that must be obeyed and ticking boxes. I’ve been reading in Miss Honey’s Big Green Folder about how teachers should ensure children have ‘personalisation and choice’ and ‘challenge and enjoyment’ in their learning. Maybe if I lock you in The Chokey the teachers will have the freedom they need to get on with it.
Originally posted on Pandora’s Pencil Case 23/03/2013