Where Do All The Teachers Go


The poem Where Do All The Teachers Go is written by Peter Dixon. The poem narrates the imaginations of a child about his teacher. The poem has been written from the point of view of a child. It is different for a small child to think of his/her teacher as an ordinary person. The child wonders where all the teachers go after 4:00 P.M daily. He also wonders if they live in houses, wash their socks, feel relaxed to watch TV and wear pyjamas. The child wants to know if the teachers have parents and do they ever commit mistakes like a student does. He has decided to follow one of the teachers back home today and point out what they do. He wants to write a poem about it for the students to read.

Questions and Answers

Q. Why does the poet want to know where the teachers go at four o’clock?
Ans. Usually the schools get over at four o’clock. For the poets, the teachers are not ordinary but special people. So, he wants to know where they go at four O’clock.

ii) What are the things normal people do that the poet talks about?

Ans. According to the poet, normal people live in houses, wash their socks, wear pyjamas, watch TV, make mistakes, lose books and wear old dirty clothes, etc.

iii) What does he imagine about?

a) Where do teachers live?

And. The poet imagines whether his teachers live in a house with other family members.

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b) What they do at home?

And. The poet imagines whether his teachers wear pyjamas and watch TV at their homes. The teachers also wash their socks.

c) The people with whom they live?

Ans. The poet wonders whether his teachers live with their parents and relatives.

i) Why does the poet wonder if teachers also do things that other people do?

Ans. The poet assumes that his teachers are extraordinary people and very special and uncommon. They are perfect in every aspect so he wonders if they do things which other people do.

ii) How does the poet plan to find out? What will he do once he finds out?

Ans. The poet plans to follow one of his teachers to find out what he/she does. He
wants to write about his findings so that other children will come to know about them.

1. What do you think these phrases from the poem mean?

i) Punished in the corner

Ans. It means that a teacher keeps an eye on his students in the class and if they do any mischief they are punished and made to stand in the corner.

ii) Leave their greens

Ans. Children do not like to eat green vegetables and throw them into the dustbins or leave them in the plate.

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