Friday, March 6, 2009

School Visit Debriefing

I was too exhausted yesterday to post, but the school visit went pretty well. The drive was a bit of a nightmare. I had the sun in my eyes and could barely see signs. I thought I was going to miss the Jersey Turnpike and end up God-knows-where. But I managed to arrive without getting too lost and even better, without colliding into any other cars.

When I walked into the Glenn School, I couldn't believe my eyes. There were Hop! Plop! bulletin boards and art projects everywhere! The walls were plastered with gorgeous paintings and drawings of Mouse and Elephant.

At the Bean school, every kid wore an "Elephant" hat and one class knew the story so well that they pretty much recited it word for word along with me as I read it! The faculty really prepared the kids for my visit and I was treated like a celebrity.

I did seven presentations in all and though I faded a bit around #6, I managed to keep all the students engaged. I felt a bit disorganized, but the media specialist assured me that holding the attention of 50 kindergartners for a half hour is no easy feat. She said I was very "animated" and she'd be happy to write me a testimonial, so I am considering the visit a success!

10 comments:

Ladybird World Mother said...

Well done!!! Have just commented on previous post and now here is the update! sounds a really good visit... good for you.

Laura - Are We Nearly There Yet Mummy? said...

Sounds like a great success.

Keeping 50 kids attention deserves some sort of medal alone. I have trouble with 2!

Kelly H-Y said...

Sounds FANTASTIC!!!! Like a dream school visit! You are a trooper ... that's a lot of presentations! And, how wonderful to have all the kids SO prepared for your visit ... I love that they'd done pictures and hats and everything! So cool! Sounds like a very successful school visit ... congratulations!

lightverse said...

I just knew you'd do fabulously! Congratulations!!!

PurpleClover said...

awesome! What a relief it is now over! But I'm sure you made a difference in several of those kids lives!

Rebecca said...

Sounds wonderful, Corey! I would love to have seen you in action.
:-)

What fun that the schools were so prepared for you! The school I work at is very good about that sort of thing too.

beth said...

I would consider that a resounding success! CONGRATS!!!

Katie said...

Whoa! that sounds AMAZING!! What a great (and tiring) day!

BecK said...

Awesome!
Hope all your school visits go as well! good luck!

taralazar said...

Congratulations! I was so happy for you when I heard it went well. You're a celebrity to those kids and that school. You did good. Very proud of you!