Friday, December 20, 2013
Huia 1 Miscellaneous from 2013 Part 1
Sometimes, we didn't get a blog written in time, and important events, photos and writing never got published in time. Now that it's the end of the year, and we have time to go back and check what was left out, we can publish a few miscellaneous bits and pieces.
Writing to Describe in Huia 1 in Term 2
Huia 1 have been learning to write descriptions based on observations and research. We have looked at historical, scientific, and biographic descriptions and decided to have a go at writing one based on our own observations.
Mrs Vincent (Intermediatus vincenticus kayii) is an endangered species of teacher, native to Huia 1, The Gardens School.
Mrs Vincent tends to wear glasses and has beady blue eyes that see everything – even at the back of the class. She has short, greyish faded-blonde hair, and she is nearly always seen wearing a set of class keys on a black lanyard around her neck. Their jangling is a warning that she is nearby.
Mrs Vincent is a territorial creature, found mainly in the Intermediate area of The Gardens School. She tends to inhabit a corner of the Huia 1 classroom, in a nest of computer cords, paperwork, books, and pens that don’t work. Also, she can amass in her nest used whiteboard markers with the lids off, half-full coffee cups, half-empty coffee cups, excuse notes for sports, and empty A4 plastic sleeves.
Mrs Vincent is known to eat healthy food, such as banana sandwiches and home-made soup, but she can also hoard secret supplies of chocolate or jelly beans for random distribution to students who have achieved well. She has been known to consume these supplies herself if there are no eligible recipients.
Mrs Vincent can usually be found teaming up with other Intermediate teachers (Intermediatus friendlyi) to each teach groups of about 25 – 28 students (Intermidiatus fastasticii). For Huia 1, this usually involves repetitive lessons in the correct tripod grip of a pen; the correct use of capital letters, commas – including the Oxford comma – and semicolons; the correct use of I or me; and the etymology of interesting words. She has a loud voice that can be heard across her entire territory. Although Mrs Vincent sounds very dangerous, she can also be a very friendly and helpful teacher.
It is important that this creature is not hunted for fashionable clothing or accessories as Huia 1 students have got used to her and are looking forward to being the recipients of further jelly beans. This creature is rather fond of them, too.