Ask James Scroggy if he is pleased with his performance as a writer and you might be surprised at his response: “It’s good to disseminate your ideas and help people to learn – and that’s the purpose of my efforts to be a recognised writer. But there’s more to it than that,” he would reply…
“It’s easy to jot down your thoughts, but not so easy to inspire a reader to want to read them. Try as hard as you like, but there is no guarantee of success. The storyline, the structure and meaning of the words and the style of writing are all important, but there is no formula that will lead to fame and fortune.
“The ‘Tales of the Classroom’ is an attempt to give the reader some insights into what sometimes happens in schools and it is hoped that they might want to take some of the happenings and make them their own, hopefully after taking the advice offered in the follow-up comments.
“All the characters and schools mentioned have been given different names to protect their identity, but there is a thread of truth and reality that permeates all the contributions. Schools are dynamic places and they rely on the teachers and pupils to make them lively and interesting – so there is no limit on what might be achieved in the classroom if there is a will for enlightenment and understanding.
Enthusiasm and participation are the ingredients for happiness and success.”
Michael Arkinstall is a retired Primary School Headmaster whose witty and informative stories have delighted hundreds of schoolchildren over more than thirty years.
His illustrator Annie Turner is one of his former pupils.