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Where do all the Teachers Go? by Peter Dixon

Where do all the teachers go
When it’s four o’clock?
Do they live in houses
And do they wash their socks?

Do they wear pyjamas
And do they watch TV?
And do they pick their noses
The same as you and me?

Do they live with other people
Have they mums and dads?
And were they ever children
And were they ever bad?

Did they ever, never spell right
Did they ever make mistakes?
Were they punished in the corner
If they pinched the chocolate flakes?

Did they ever lose their hymn books
Did they ever leave their greens?
Did they scribble on the desk tops

Did they wear old dirty jeans?
I’ll follow one back home today
I’ll find out what they do
Then I’ll put it in a poem
That they can read to you.


For any child, his/her teacher is perfect and is not an ordinary person. He wonders where all the teachers go after the school gets over. Do they have houses where they live with their parents and do they do petty jobs like washing socks and cleaning.

The child compares his own way of living with that of the teacher. He wants to know whether the teacher also wears pyjamas, watches T. V., misspell words, was ever punished at school.

He decides to follow one of his teachers that day and find out himself what he/she does at home. Then he will write it in a poem which they can read out to other children.

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