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Mr. Briggs from Willy Russell’s Our Day Out. Who’s teaching style do you think is bestFor the Progress Class?

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Introduction

Compare the characters of Mrs. Kay and Mr. Briggs from Willy Russell's Our Day Out. Who's teaching style do you think is best For the Progress Class? In this Essay, I am going to explain the teaching methods and styles of Mrs. Kay and Mr. Briggs. I will compare the characters and try to find out which teachers style of teaching is best for the progress class. The play, Our Day Out, by Willy Russell is set in Liverpool in the late nineteen seventies. It is about a group of progress class students who are going on a trip to Conway Castle in Wales. In the children's view, Mrs. Kay is loving, kind-hearted lady. She is a middle-aged woman, who cares deeply for children. Even the Headmaster's view is in favour of Mrs. Kay, "There's not many of her type y'know." Although the headmaster thinks Mrs. Kay is a good teacher, he doesn't approve of the way she conducts a school trip, "After the last trip of hers I said 'no more', absolutely no more." The only person who really doesn't like Mrs. Kay is Mr. Briggs. On the other hand, Mr. Briggs is looked upon as a mean, strict and unforgiving teacher. ...read more.

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The sweet shop incident was Mrs. Kay's fault. She should have been watching the children, or at least should have told Colin or Susan to be there with them. Mr. Briggs was right that time. The other time where something went wrong and Mrs. Kay was to blame was at the zoo. The children took animals from the pet's corner and claimed to "borrow" them. Briggs is very reluctant to go and have a cup of tea with Mrs. Kay. "But can these people be trusted?" he says when Mrs. Kay says that the children will be all right on their own. The sweet shop and zoo incidents were put in the play to add humour. They work pretty well together to emphasise the way the children think, for example, stealing is ok. In the third part of this essay, I intend to explore Mrs. Kay and Mr. Briggs's opinions about the point of school trips. Mrs. Kay believes that the point of a school trip for progress class students is to have fun and to let them enjoy themselves. Just when Briggs is about ready to go home, Mrs. Kay says, "Come on everybody, we're going to the beach." This shows that Mrs. Kay wants the children to have fun. She doesn't want to make the trip educational like Mr. Briggs. ...read more.

Conclusion

All throughout the play there is a huge contrast between the two teachers. Mrs. Kay being the goodie and Mr. Briggs being the baddie. All the children usually hung around with Mrs. Kay rather than Mr. Briggs, for obvious reasons. The teacher that I thought had the better teaching style was Mrs. Kay. I think she was an overall good teacher. She made learning "fun". I think that Mrs. Kay is better than Mr. Briggs for teaching Progress Class students. In class, she would teach them in an easy-to-understand way. Whereas Mr. Briggs would speak in a more formal way. Ways in which the progress class students are unfamiliar to. In the end, the overall message that is given is that, if you absolutely know that these children are going to be failures from the day they leave school, and then what is the point of educating them when it is going to be of no use at all? Instead of boring them with useless knowledge that will be no good to them, why not let them enjoy themselves while they have a chance? They certainly won't have a chance in the future. The juxtaposition of events in this play is placed there deliberately to create humour, and sometimes draw the audience's attention away from the children's awful lives. This also displays the contrast between the two teachers and their ways of handling an awkward situation. By, Varinderjeet Singh Bimmut ...read more.

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