comedy of errors

we’ve got the Education Review Office people at school this week – today was my observation which hopefully went well … just like a comedy of errors really …

here’s a snippet of what happened when i was reading a book to my class who are all sitting on the mat (7&8 year olds)

Scene 1 (before i start reading)

“W – put whatever you’re chewing in the rubbish bin”

W goes to rubbish bin and returns to mat

Scene 2 (about three paragraphs into the story)

“W – you’re still chewing – go and put whatever it is in the rubbish bin”

W goes to rubbish bin and returns to mat

Scene 3 (another few paragraphs into story)

“W – why are you playing with the thing you were chewing and supposed to have already put in bin? Go and put it in the bin NOW!”

W goes to rubbish bin and returns to mat

Scene 4 (yet another few paragraphs into story)

I look up to see W poking his tongue in and out to C who is doing his best to ignore W

“W – that’s not what we do on the mat – go and sit at the back!”

W goes and sits at the back, facing the wall, with his back to me

“W – turn so you can see and be a part of this”

W turns around so he can see

Scene 5 (a few more paragraphs into story)

I look up to see that W is still chewing.

“W – put it into my hand NOW!”

W puts it into my hand.

I continue reading the story!

class blogging

i’ve started a class blog – taking it slowly with a couple of my girls writing weekly summaries of what we’ve been doing in class … decided that slow and steady is a good way to go …

here’s the link

23 things on a stick

found this link to a project run in Minnesota … looks very interesting and could be something that non-Minnesotan people could do too

links are on the page –

What Are the 23 Things On a Stick?

We’re glad you asked! These are the 23 Things On a Stick that participants must complete. All the red links below take you to the details and activities for that Thing.

Click on the links and read the entire Thing so you understand the activities and then jump in and have fun learning!

Be sure you have read this and this so you understand how the program works.

Getting Started
1. Set up your own blog, add your first post, & add an avatar. Register your blog and begin your 23 Things On a Stick adventure. Each participant must register her/his own blog to be eligible for the incentive.

What is Web 2.0 and Why Should I Care?
2. Read & watch these perspectives on Library 2.0, Web 2.0, and the future of libraries. Share your thoughts.

Keeping Up
3. Learn about RSS and news feeds and set up an RSS account of your own. Locate a few library-related blogs and/or news feeds to add to your RSS account.

Photosharing and Editing
4. Explore Flickr and learn about this popular image hosting site.
5. Have some more fun with Flickr and discover some services and mash-ups from Flickr and others.
6. Play around with an online image generator.

7. Web 2.0 tools make communication a snap. Try these tools and think how your library can use them.
8. Share your slide decks, photos, or presentation slides on your Web site or blog with these tools.

9. These Web 2.0 tools make it easy to collaborate on documents and presentations without the hassles of email attachments.
10. Learn about wikis and how libraries are using them. Add an entry to the 23 Things On a Stick wiki.

Social Media:, Tagging, & Digg, and More
11. Learn about tagging and, a social bookmarking site.
12. Do you Digg? Have you Reddit? Maybe StumleUpon is your thing. Major publications (NYT & Washington Post, for example) offer readers the chance to “rate” and recommend their articles to others via these social media sites.

Online Productivity Tools
13. Try out an online productivity tool and learn about others.
14. Take a look at LibraryThing. It is not just for personal collections; libraries are using it too.

Online Games in Libraries
15. Libraries and games are becoming a hot topic. Explore some online games.

Minnesota Library 2.0
16. Media specialists, academic librarians, and public librarians can help their 2.0 students be more efficient in their research with these Web 2.0 tools: Assignment Calculator & the Research Project Calculator.
17. ELM is more than articles. Use these ELM productivity tools to maximize what ELM can do for you.

Podcasts & Video
18. Discover YouTube and other sites that let you watch and upload video.
19. Explore podcasts and consider creating a podcast of your own.

Social Networking
20. Facebook and MySpace are the way many people communicate–with each other, with the greater community, and in some cases, with their libraries.
21. Facebook and MySpace may grab the headlines about social networks, but there are other networks.

Staying Current
22. With Web 2.0 tools evolving, growing, and changing—not to mention all the changes in Library 2.0—how can you keep up? It definitely takes some effort, but here are some ways to keep learning.

One Last Thing
23. Complete this online evaluation and blog about your 23 Things On a Stick experience.