Monday, September 21, 2009
Back to school visit
Today was my first school visit of the 2009-2010 academic year, aptly coinciding with the first day of fall.
But first, my GPS had some fun at my expense, which has been happening more and more lately:
Time I was scheduled to start speaking: 9:10 a.m.
Time I started driving: 7:20 a.m.
Time GPS said I'd arrive: 8:29 a.m.
Time I arrived: 9:04 a.m.
Number of wrong turns it sent me on: who knows/too many
Arriving with only six minutes to spare was later than I think I've ever been for a school visit...yet for the record, I was not late.
And in any event all was good when I saw the welcome:
My host had converted the subject matter of Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman into a "read power" message for the students.
While signing books after I spoke, a second grader gave me this charming drawing (her first comment refers to two drawings I had done during the presentation):
She also gave me permission to post it here. And she included Superman's distinctive spit curl! Yet she made it even more distinctive since this is how it usually curls (look carefully—it's a letter):
This visit also marked the first time I spoke to kindergartners since my older child became one. That was, not surprisingly, an emotional trampoline. For me. I don't think the kindergartners much cared!
They were more focused on telling me what their dads wear to work.
A first: Early on, one called out "Are you real?" I said yes but he looked unconvinced. So I let him pinch my arm.
He was still unconvinced.