Complete the gaps with these phrases. Put the verbs in the correct form. • become defensive • have no control • go wrong • feel pressurised • make a
conscious decision • run smoothly • clear the air I’m the head teacher of Foulds School which is a cheerful little primary school on the outskirts of London. Things usually 1 at Foulds, but last year a new teacher, Mrs Griffin, arrived to teach Class 2 and everything 2 . Mrs Griffin was very young and inexperienced and seemed 3 over the class. After two weeks and several calls from dissatisfied parents, I decided to talk her about the situation. Unfortunately, she 4 , saying she wasn’t used to teaching such difficult pupils. She also admitted that she 5 because she wasn’t used to teaching full-time. I had a long chat with her and that 6 a little. I decided to reduce her hours and made some suggestions about how she might get the students to do as she asked. I 7 to check up on her class the following week. To my delight, all the students were working happily. It just goes to show what talking can do!