Thursday, March 08, 2007



With a class of students who haven't met before I usually open up with a quick game. Simple concept: we each say four things about ourselves, one of which is a lie; the others have to guess which one isn't true.

There are times when I wonder why I bother.

"OK, so my name's Dan, I come from England, I'm a space pilot and I like natto."

My students giggle. One of them raises his hand.


"You don't like natto."

The high school girl to his right dissolves into laughter. Keeping the now-legendary poker face, I tell him that I do like natto. I manage to do this without including the word "cretin." He looks astonished.

The high school girl composes herself, then raises a hand.


"Your name is Sam."


It just goes to show, we all look alike to them...
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