“Miss, who’s your favourite?”
I get asked this question on a fairly regular basis and the official party line is that there are no favourites. I like all my students equally.
Now, let me share a little secret with you…that isn’t quite true.
Every now and then a pupil comes along who I develop a bit of a soft spot for.
Over the past twelve years there have been quite a few students who fall into this category:
- The A-level student whose work was so amazingly neat (Paperchase notepad, answers highlighted and pre-marked) I photocopied it to show the rest of the class how it should be done.
- The girl who after failing her first 3 A-level modules, sat in my store cupboard in floods of tears, but came back to get a D (this was such a huge achievement for her, I was so proud).
- The girl who in my first term of teaching stood up and announced I was a crap teacher in front of the whole class. It took an awful lot of hard work to win her round but we ended up with a really great relationship.
- The Year 7 boy who had dedicated each page of his planner to a different Lady Gaga outfit. What is not to love about that???
Sometimes a pupil falls into my Teachers Pet group because they are a pure delight to teach, sometimes it’s because I’ve had to battle with them and the fight has paid off, sometimes it’s because they have worked their socks off to achieve more than they thought they were capable off and sometimes it’s because they are just plain bonkers and make me laugh.
These are the students whose names I remember long after they have left. The ones who make me smile whenever I think of them.
So yes, I may have one or two favourites, but they will never know.
Because every pupil in my class will be treated exactly the same way.
Officially, there are never any favourites!