Procedural Writing; ‘Explain How to be Teacher for a Day’.

We worked on Procedural Writing.

We were doing this exercise:

“Supposing you had a substitute teacher,

what would you tell her that you do in school each day”.

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JC wrote:

First we write down our homework.

Then we do our Mental Maths.

Then we do our Modern Handwriting.

Then we say our morning prayer and Teacher calls the roll on Aladdin.

Then we do Maths and English.

At 10.35 we go out for a break.

After break we do Irish.

At 12 we say The Angelus.

Then we do Religion.

At the moment we are preparing for our First Communion.

At 12.30 we have another break.


So far so good 🙂

However this is one of our favourite poems

from the book ‘Please Mrs Butler’ by Allan Ahlberg.

J is for Joy
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“Here’s the rule for what to do

If ever your teacher has the flu

Or for some other reason takes to her bed

And a different teacher comes instead

When the visiting teacher hangs up her hat

Writes the date on the board, does this or that

Always remember, you have to say this,

OUR teacher never does that, Miss!

When you want to change places or wander about

Or feel like getting the guinea pig out

Never forget, the message is this,

OUR teacher always lets us, Miss!

Then, when your teacher returns next day

And complains about the paint or clay

Remember these words, you just say this:

That OTHER teacher told us to, Miss!”

 living the first grade life
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Senan began:

‘My Teacher was out and we had a substitute teacher.

She said to me,

‘Can you be my helper?’

She asked me if I can tell her what our teacher does normally.

So I thought it was time to have a little fun…’


Alice wrote:

1. Ella: She loves art and hates Maths!

So Ella says’Miss, we REALLY want to do Maths,

but our Teacher always says to do Art instead’

Substitute Teacher:

‘Oh really … Well for a treat we will do Maths …for a BIG treat’.

So Ella didn’t fool the Teacher.


2. Sam: He loves PE but hates spelling!

‘Miss, we do PE all day so

where did you get the idea we do spelling?’

Teacher: ‘Well…I…always do spelling.’

Children: ‘It is completely up to you Teacher.

You have two choices Miss.

One: Don’t do PE and don’t be our Teacher’s friend.

Two: Is the other way round.

Teacher: Alright then, we will do PE…

Are you sure about this Sam?’

Sam: ‘Yes, definitely.’

So Sam was more successful.


The class had other ideas too:

‘We’d tell the teacher that we go to the playground everyday

and buy sweets on the way,

that Teacher brings us to the cinema every Friday

and the swimming pool every Monday.

On Tuesdays we go on a nature walk

and on Wednesday, we watch videos and have a half day,

That only leaves Thursday, when we do art all day’.

Classroom Sign: The Mess
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This exercise didn’t turn out as Teacher had planned,

but we had good fun.


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