To celebrate Roald Dahl Day on the 13th September we are running a special poetry competition based around Roald Dahl's poem 'Mike Teavee'. We are giving some fantastic prizes, to find out more please follow this link
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I was a substitute teacher years ago. On my first day of subbing I was called to a school with a third grade class missing it's teacher for the day. Apparently, she didn't show up and nobody had any clue where she was. I was called at 8: 05 and class had started at 8: 00.
In a mad rush I got ready and bolted out the door. When I arrived at school, I was rushed to the classroom of 35 anxious third graders and told, Good Luck! , by the absent minded principal who failed to give me any lesson plans or even a schedule for the day.
I had no idea what to do. It was my first day in a classroom by myself. I got the children settled down and in their seats. I introduced myself. I glanced around the room. The only familiar thing I saw was a shiny copy of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on the shelf next to me. I grabbed it. I told the children to sit on the floor in front of me. I pulled up a chair. I began reading.
I read that book to them, with as much animation and expression as I could muster from cove to cover! When Charlie won the ticket, the students had tears in their eyes. When the horrible children were stuck in pipes or blown up into blueberries, the students terrified eyes were in shock and their justice loving souls were delighted. At recess the kids didn't want to go. At lunch they wanted to return early to hear the end of the story, and as if by devine intervention, when I read the last line of the book, and closed the cover, the kids let out a satisfied sigh, smiled for a moment, and the dismissal bell rang.
I taught no lessons on my first day. I taught no spelling. No math. No history. I only read a book. Cover to cover. By an author that knew what children needed and wrote in a way that children understood and appreciated. It was a great start for a teacher. And I doubt any of those third graders ever forgot the day they were read to for 6 hours.
He is brillant...the man as a sense of humour to die for...clap clap...and it just goes to show how much I know...I never knew he wrote The Candy Man...clap clap clap...my all time most fav song...well any childs really if they ever listended to the lyrics...grins..bravo for Mr. Dahl
This month there is a Roald Dahl competition being run by the childrens Box books range http: //www.storyboxbooks.com/roalddalh.php - There are 3 Golden Tickets being given away by Bayard to go to the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre. If you reckon you wanna get your hands on one (they are family tickets!) then head over to the website to find out more! Get your entries in by 15th of May though (or you definately won't be going!) x