I am a teacher. Let me tell you what that means. It means I teach. I don’t facilitate. in order to differentiate I don’t have an anchor task because I’m not a bloody ship I don’t give kids a flight path Because this is not a landing strip It’s a classroom And children are not aeroplanes - Got it? I am a teacher I will not speak in acronyms, I teach! This means, I am trusted by the children I teach to teach them what they need to know and how to do it and how to arouse their curiosity and allow them to question. And to smile while they’re learning Not sit like laboratory rats Waiting for the lethal injection Or deflate like party balloons with threats of detention We must learn We will learn You at the back Why aren’t you learning? Learn! You ******* learn! And stop gurning! Stop being a child what is wrong with you? Sit absolutely still And pretend to be a statue I’m a teacher. I teach. Got that? Great. Now **** off SMT Stop telling me a learning walk Is good policy When we all know It’s because you don’t trust me Stop telling me my lessons Need more challenge And need more pacing And need more of everything And then pretend It’s all professional development. No, the kids can’t take ownership because they don’t want it. They look to me for the answers they expect me to know because I am a teacher I teach. Why make it complicated? It’s as simple as zen And one last thing Stuff your purple pen!