Wednesday, March 02, 2005

33.4 Minutes of Silence - Thank you Dr. Seuss

Today was Dr. Seuss's 101st birthday. I honored him by organizing a school wide "Read for 2005 Seconds". 101 minutes was to long, 101 seconds to short, 2005 seconds was just right.
We had dead silence for 33.4 blessed minutes. The cafeteria monitors loved it - they want to make it a daily event (told them the novelty would wear off). My Principal walked through the cafeteria reading "Green Eggs and Ham". My hang out in the library lunch gave up the computers and opened their books ( I suspect the bribe of a big basket of chips to eat while reading didn't hurt!).

I plowed through a neglected stack of professional journals - I really must read Library Sparks at the beginning of the month rather than the end! It's got such great ideas, but it doesn't do me much good to garner GroundHog day ideas in March.

The kids were chained to their benchmark tests yesterday and today it dripped, poured, showered and just plain rained. A combination guaranteed to result in wild and wooly kids. The readathon was a much needed oasis in a sea of churning children.


Melinda said...

Great idea -- sounds like fun! And potato chips make a good bribe for any occasion. The promise of some salt and vinegar Lays can get me to complete any number of assorted household chores...

Julie said...

Awwww, I wish I'd known it was his birthday. My all-time favorite Dr. Seuss book is One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. Whenever I use the can opener I think to myself: "Wish we had a Zans for cans!"