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"Doss" lessons....

Post by jtaylor » Fri Jul 22, 2005 12:47 pm

Reading the new Harry Potter book (sorry, but I do like them!) - she mentions a lesson being a "doss"....a word I'd completely forgotten!

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Post by J.R. » Fri Jul 22, 2005 1:11 pm

New word to me ! - Explain Julian.

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Post by marty » Fri Jul 22, 2005 1:32 pm

Doss: meaning to scive (or is that skive?), bunk off, mess about, not do much, divert attention from curricular activities. A 'doss lesson' would usual involve an easily side-tracked teacher (such as Smeggy O'Meara) or even better - no teacher at all. Does anyone recall the 15 minute rule - if the teacher hadn't turned up within 15 minutes of the lesson starting you could leave.
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Post by J.R. » Fri Jul 22, 2005 1:47 pm

marty wrote:Doss: meaning to scive (or is that skive?), bunk off, mess about, not do much, divert attention from curricular activities. A 'doss lesson' would usual involve an easily side-tracked teacher (such as Smeggy O'Meara) or even better - no teacher at all. Does anyone recall the 15 minute rule - if the teacher hadn't turned up within 15 minutes of the lesson starting you could leave.
No 15 minute rule in my day.

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Post by Andy Friend » Fri Jul 22, 2005 1:59 pm

I think the best teachers were the ones who were able to get "sidetracked" into something far more interesting than the lesson in hand and still ended up teaching a useful lesson!

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Post by ben ashton » Fri Jul 22, 2005 3:54 pm

the 15 minute rule was genious! always tried to modify it down to a 5 minute rules tho.. :wink:
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Doss Lessons

Post by jhopgood » Fri Jul 22, 2005 6:11 pm

Never remember a 15 minute rule but we certainly invoked something.
We had Roger Biddick?? for Russian in the top classroom nearest Big side in the Maths block. (For those who remember, Pop Massen's room).
Our class started at 10.55 I think.
He was nearly always late and once we waited until 11 struck and a bit more and then as quietly as possible, went down the stairs and out of the block, scattering along the quarter mile.
As I came out I looked right and saw a bemused Biddick under the arch, watching us all leave.
We only had Russian once a week, a sort of elective for Grecians, and the next week, he was on time and made no mention of the Great Escape.

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Post by J.R. » Sat Jul 23, 2005 11:59 am

Russian, eh, John ?

Did you make it to a Cambridge Uni ????
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Post by Great Plum » Mon Jul 25, 2005 12:23 pm

Some of the best lessons were sidetracking teachers... in most cases, it was oh so easy!
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Post by Ash » Mon Jul 25, 2005 1:12 pm

Tom Keeley was the best for that.. I deliberately got into the bottom set in Latin so I could get him.. He either fell asleep or read from Lord of the Rings...

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I seem to remember geog with Gunning to be pretty cool.. Half the lesson spend shooting the breeze about anything we liked and then the other half doing geog...

Nice, because this garnered our respect for him and thus we all wanted to concentrate in the second half of the lesson.
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Post by Hendrik » Tue Sep 06, 2005 1:30 pm

slater was always a gooddun for sidetracking about the sewers in rome, or smeggy about the shrapnel in his head.

i don't think the 15 minute rule ever formally existed. it was certainly infamous though. you had to be really quiet when waiting outside the classroom otherwise the teacher next door would come out, bitch at you, and send for a replacement teacher from the school office. :evil:

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Post by Great Plum » Tue Sep 06, 2005 1:35 pm

We tried the 15 minute rule when Mr Fleming was late for a 3rd form latin lesson once... we were all walking out of the prep block when he strolled in... that didn't go down too well!
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Post by FrogBoxed » Tue Sep 06, 2005 2:49 pm

Mr Fleming rocks! He was the reason I actually enjoyed Latin on my Squits - nothing like learning how to swear to make classes interesting. "Flocci non facio" is still one of my most favourite phrases.

I was also very fond of his euphemisms; who remembers what Caecilius and Metella got up to in the horto? That's right, they were "having a chat"... apparently. :lol: This meant huge hilarity when another master inadvertently used one of the phrases that Mr F had hijacked. That way he got us on side early on and we respected him for gently taking the mickey out of the other masters. Pure genius.

Food and Nut was generally a "doss" lesson, plus we got something (vaguely) edible out of it... or RE/History/etc when the teacher couldn't be bothered and a Black Adder/Monty Pyton/etc video was guaranteed to keep us amused!
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Post by Hendrik » Fri Sep 09, 2005 11:12 am

i think i only had mr fleming for one lesson. he was covering for his wife, so he put on 'chelmsford 123', a comedy series about the romans in britain. legend.

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Post by Great Plum » Fri Sep 09, 2005 12:35 pm

I loved that programme! :)
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