Evidence that Fran's teaching of poetry can ignite passion for literature in the most unwilling young hearts
- with head on desk
- with head nodding involuntarily until nudged by classmate
- with head shaking from side to side in disbelief that anyone could find poems exciting
- with head in hands
- with hands on head while leaning as far back on a school chair as humanly possible without crashing to floor
- with head inside blazer, hiding from cruel fact that current poem is only one of 36 to be studied
- with fingers in ears
- with hands over face
- with hand round own neck, mocking self-strangling
- with hand over open mouth in 'no, no, don't tell me I have to write about this' gesture
- while writing note to classmate which says, 'do you know what she's talking about?'
- while writing note to self saying, 'where did I put that arsenic?'
- while writing note to Robert Browning saying 'this is all your fault, mate'
- while writing note to Mother saying 'can you write me a sick note for the next three weeks?'
- while writing Maths homework
- while writing Physics homework
- while writing any other homework that yesterday seemed difficult but today seems, somehow, like a walk in the park
- while etching 'Watching paint dry rules OK' into the desk
- while staring blankly at the page just in case there's a miracle
- while hoping for a fire alarm
- while hoping for an earthquake
- while hoping for a fully-fledged military attack on Room 3, English corridor
- while wondering what is on the lunch menu
- while wondering whether deadly nightshade is on the lunch menu
- while wondering whether deadly nightshade is on the staff's lunch menu
|Extract from school report: 'Ben has really enjoyed our unit of work on poetry and demonstrates his enthusiasm|
with regular insightful contributions to class discussions.'