Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Wearing Pajamas to Work

Performer wearing pajamas
One of the best things about doing my Chris VanAllsburg tribute show is that I get to wear pajamas to work.

This picture shows how comfortable I get to dress, how much fun I have doing my version of "work," and it might hint at how much fun the students are having while we learn about author craft and style through the works of a great American artist.

Unfortunately, it also captures how much I enjoyed eating over the holidays and has inspired me to double down on my upcoming New Year's Resolutions.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Kids are Funny

A book titled "Cat Speak"
Saw this book in another school and had to add it to this post!
A boy and a girl were in the library while I was setting up this AM.

Me: Do you speak any languages other than English?

Girl: English, Japanese, and a little bit of Spanish.

Boy: English...and I make cat noises.

Me: So...like 'Cat Language'?

Boy (with total sincerity): Yes.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Can I Borrow a Pencil?

Okay, this is not my joke, but it's so funny I had to share it. It starts with a funny meme that was circulating and then someone added a few extra bits.

Student: Can I borrow a pencil?

Teacher: I don't know. Can you?

Student: Yes. I might add that colloquial irregularities occur frequently in any language. Since you and the rest of our present company understood perfectly my intended meaning, being particular about the distinctions between “can” and “may” is purely pedantic and arguably pretenttious.

Teacher: True, colloquialism and the judicious interpretation of context help us communicate with nuance, range, and efficiency. And yet, as your teacher, my job is to teach you to think about language with care and rigor. Understanding the shades of difference between one word and another, and to think carefully about what you want to say will give you greater power and versatility in your speech and writing.

Student: Point taken. May I have a pencil?

Teacher: No, you may not. We do not have pencils since the state cut funding for education again this year.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Marketing with Posters

I love when libraries use the FREE promotional materials we provide!
We always send out several full-sized posters to every school and library that books one of our assemblies. Not everyone uses them, but the ones that do seem to have great attendance.

Sometimes selling "free" services can be harder than selling things for a fee. Non-profits can learn from the private sector how to let your patrons know what's happening in your LMC.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Ride Your Bike to Work Week

Load in for "The Know Show" game show assembly
Next week is national Ride Your Bike To Work Week. I love cycling but today I traveled 112.8 miles round trip and THIS was my load in for my shows. I'm not sure I could handle this on my mountain bike.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Half-Day School Assemblies near S. Padre Island

I only had two shows today so I was done in time for lunch on South Padre Island. Now for a little swim...or do I have to wait 20 minutes?