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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

How To Make A Paper Aeroplane. Part 2



Having suffered the preliminaries and gone through the aim, incentive and reason why we'd then get to move onto the meat of the lesson.

Right let's get back to making that paper aeroplane.

Explanation
: "To make 'paper aeroplane, standard, one for the throwing of'," we have such a quaint way of describing everyday things, "first of all you take an A4 piece of paper................................"

Before doing anything in a lesson the instructor has to explain how it will be done.

Demonstration
: "Now if you just look this way."

Queue impressive display of paper folding. Before the students are let loose on anything the instructor has to show how good he is. The smarter student will then ensure he doesn't do any better than the instructor.

Imitation
: "Ok now I've folded the piece of paper in half I want you to do the same."

Queue very boring monkey see monkey do routine.

Practice
: "If you look over on that table you'll see a box of paper..................."

Need I say more.

These are the four official stages of teaching anything in the army. The fifth unofficial one is 'the smoke break'. Although each lesson only lasts 40 minutes you can guarantee that at least 2 smoke breaks will be squeezed in. This is for one of two reasons:

1) The instructor is bored and wants a fag.

2) The instructor doesn't have the faintest idea what he is teaching and needs to get rid of the class for 5 minutes while he swots up the next section.

5 Comments:

Blogger greavsie said...

Fag breaks!

Now this is where I'm going wrong in my presentations

6:37 pm  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

Oh yes the 'fag break' is a tradition that should be embraced.

6:46 pm  
Blogger Haggiswurst said...

In the world of Mingleton Burgh Council they are called 'comfort breaks'. Trouble is I stumble out of the room with my brain like mince after listening to the latest extracts from the buzzword dictionary (5th edition) and I can't find any comfort....

8:01 pm  
Blogger Monica said...

I have no comment for this one, its too early to be clever.

3:31 pm  
Anonymous Z said...

I'm surprised they let you smoke in the army!!! ;)

Anyway as a past lecturer - I can ensure you that reason 2 is the right reason.

6:10 pm  

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