An Alternative Twelve Days

X12 daysOn the first day of Christmas a student sent to me:
An essay full of oddly written prose.

On the second day of Christmas a student sent to me:
Two doctors’ notes and an essay full of oddly written prose.

On the third day of Christmas a student sent to me:
Three exam questions, two doctors’ notes
And an essay full of oddly written prose.

On the fourth day of Christmas a student sent to me:
Four notes in absence, three exam questions, two doctors’ notes
And an essay full of oddly written prose.

On the firth day of Christmas a student sent to me:
Five signature sheets –
Four notes in absence, three questions, two doctors’ notes
And an essay full of oddly written prose.

On the sixth day of Christmas a student sent to me:
Six timed assessments – five signature sheets –
Four notes in absence, three questions, two doctors’ notes
And an essay full of oddly written prose.

On the seventh day of Christmas a student sent to me:
Seven A3 spreadsheets, six timed assessments – five signature sheets –
Four notes in absence, three questions, two doctors’ notes
And an essay full of oddly written prose.

On the eighth day of Christmas a student sent to me:
Eight memory anchors, seven A3 spreadsheets, six timed assessments
Five signature sheets – fours notes in absence, three questions, two doctors’ notes
And an essay full of oddly written prose.

On the ninth day of Christmas a student sent to me:
Nine daily schedules, eight memory anchors, seven A3 spreadsheets,
six timed assessments – five signature sheets –
Four notes in absence, three questions, two doctors’ notes
And an essay full of oddly written prose.

On the tenth day of Christmas a student sent to me:
Ten mit circs emails, nine daily schedules, eight memory anchors,
seven A3 spreadsheets, six timed assessments – five signature sheets –
Four notes in absence, three questions, two doctors’ notes
And an essay full of oddly written prose.

On the eleventh day of Christmas a student sent to me:
Eleven weird spellings,
Ten mit circs emails, nine daily schedules, eight memory anchors,
seven A3 spreadsheets, six timed assessments – five signature sheets –
Four notes in absence, three questions, two doctors’ notes
And an essay full of oddly written prose.

On the twelfth day of Christmas a student sent to me:
Twelve testimonials,
Eleven weird spellings,
Ten mit circs emails,
Nine daily schedules,
Eight memory anchors,
Seven A3 spreadsheets,
Six time assessments,
– Five signature sheets –
Four notes in absence,
Three questions,
Two doctors’ notes…
…and an essay full of oddly written prose.

penned by Chris Scholes

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