Delaying Tactics

(Children ask so many questions before starting their work in the hope they will avoid doing it)

“Sir, do we put the date on our work?”
It doesn't matter - just write your poem
“Is that the full date or the short date Sir?”
It doesn't matter - just write your poem

“Do we add our name Sir? And our class?”
It doesn't matter - just write your poem
“I'm not really sure how to spell my name Sir”
It doesn't matter - just write your poem

“Sir, shall we use a pencil or a pen? And my pencil needs sharpening”
It doesn't matter - just write your poem
“Jamie said I've got hairy ears Sir”
It doesn't matter - just write your poem

“Sir, do we do this in our literacy books or our rough books?”
It doesn't matter - just write your poem
“Is it okay to start a new page Sir?”
It doesn't matter - just write your poem

“Sir, do we need to leave a margin?” 
It doesn't matter - just write your poem
“What's the Learning Objective Sir?”
It doesn't matter - just write your poem

“Do we sit in our writing tables or our reading tables Sir?”
It doesn't matter - just write your poem
“Sir, are we allowed to use a dictionary? And what about a thesaurus?”
It doesn't matter - just write your poem

“Sir, shall we underline the title?”
It doesn't matter - just write your poem
“Frankie's copying me Sir!”
It doesn't matter - just write your poem

“Please Sir, I need the toilet”
It doesn't matter - just write your poem
“But I'm really busting Sir!”
It doesn't matter - just write your poem

“When's home time Sir?”
It doesn't matter - just write your poem
“Sir, how long should the poem be?”
It doesn't matter - just write your poem

"Sir...please tell us again...what is it we are actually supposed to be doing?”