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Ode to HMIe

Dear Mister/Madam HMIe,

We think you are stupid. Why? Because we think that having our paperwork in order (for once), delivering special lessons, decorating the walls with student work and generally putting on a show for your visit will make you think that we’re good, or maybe very good, or maybe even excellent. We know that you know that we do this, but we still do it.

When you walk in the door and smell a faint whiff of fresh paint, that was for you. When you leaf through a perfectly presented set of assessments and beautifully crafted feedback, that was for you. When you observe a wonderfully engaging lesson and watch enthused learners hang on every word of their lecturer, that was for you.

You are privileged. It’s not like that the rest of the time. But that’s okay, because we know that you know that we know this.

So, if you happen to be in my class this coming week and I glance at you with a knowing look, you know what it means 😉

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Categories: teaching
  1. L Lewis
    December 1, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Colin, this is just brilliant 🙂

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