The Kennel

Our Mathematics office is made up of an excellent group of teachers. We generally work well together and are all focussed on the same goal. An important part of our teamwork is having a light hearted joke or two. Teaching can be a hard job at times, and keeping a good sense of humour is important. I made this same assertion in “Tips for New Teachers“.

The SOSE key learning area office at our school, is known as “The Swamp”. So why not a name for our Maths office I thought. “You’ve got too much spare time”, said Snowdog, in response to my idea.

Yes, “The Kennel” sounded right. After all, we are a dogged bunch, with some very good pedigrees amongst us. For example, Snowdog’s ancestor was the King’s gold lace maker in London. Also Greyhound’s grandfather was a former winner of the Stawell Gift.

Here is a sample of some Kennel descriptions I’ve prepared:

Snowdog is the specialist Mathematician of the kennel, with a Royal pedigree. Often called on to solve a tricky problem. The undisputed champion of Gimme Friction and CDT3. Brilliant dog, but absent minded. Gets snarly around students who can’t do basic Maths. Can find computers a challenge. Known to forget where he has buried his bones (staplers).

Whippet is another old dog in the kennel. He is a skinny, hungry dog. He claims that you cannot fatten a thoroughbred! Often seen searching for problems or games to challenge Snowdog. He was once a fast, sporting dog; but now is getting very slow. Computer Geek Dog.

Stray is a clever dog who has gained a lot of awards at recent dog shows. He claims to be pure bred, but many of his former students claim he is a mongrel! Stray has had some success at Texas holdem’ poker and Liar’s dice, but is known to be a choker. Who knows which kennel Stray will turn up at next, searching for bigger bones.

I hope this idea won’t distress any Maths teachers, that is not my intention. I just want to have a bit of fun. I’ll let you know in a future post how it works out!

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About webmaths

I have been teaching Mathematics in Victorian secondary schools for 30 years. I use the www to make my maths lessons better. I hope this blog will give other teachers some ideas to try in their own classes.
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One Response to The Kennel

  1. AdrianC says:

    This made me laugh after a long week Mr. T – so true!

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