Being an elementary school teacher means having a lot of random knowledge about fairly odd topics. Topics that most adults know little to nothing about, since they haven't really thought about these topics since, well....since they were in elementary school. In other words, teachers make for pretty rad guests at a cocktail party - we are small talk machines!
Scene - A holiday cocktail party. A fire is lit, drinks are flowing and, natch, I have on fabulous heels.
Me: Did I hear you all mention the beautiful snowfall we just had? Well, funny thing about snowflakes...
(10 minutes later. Same party.)
Me: Did you say you're going diving while on vacation? How fun! You know, an octopus is able to camouflage itself to blend in with it's surroundings, so be careful for those!
(10 minutes later. Same party)
Me: What have I been reading lately? Hmmmm....does Mo Willems count? I just finished his Elephant and Piggy series - genius!
Okay, so maybe not the coolest party talk ever. But, if the crowd is a sucker for pee jokes or a good fart story - man, talk about my wheel house! I don't know a teacher who doesn't have a good bodily fluids story on hand at all times.
I was just thinking the same thing! We are a fun bunch.
I don't think we can help it. After teaching about the ocean, or seasonal change or soil for so many years, these facts and ideas become ingrained in our brains and it's almost impossible to hold them in. I guess you have to be a bit of a Nerdy McLikesToReadToLearn to be a teacher.
Speaking of reading to learn....
(Cue the pimping!!)
Little Pickle Press has a fab new non-fiction text for all of you out there who want to refresh those non-fiction libraries, integrate a new book into your teaching repertoire or just expand their cocktail party conversation.
It's Your Fantastic Elastic Brain by JoAnn Deak of The Deak Group. I checked out an advanced copy of this puppy and really enjoyed it.
In a nutshell, it teaches children that their brains control what they think, do, feel and remember. Not only does the book diagram and explain various parts of the brain, it encourages children to be brave, practice, learn from their mistakes and make connections. Um, hello, lover!
Obvi, one could integrate this book into a study on the brain, the human body, etc. That's a no-brainer! (Pun SO intended.) However, I think teachers could also use portions of this text to discuss the importance of being comfortable with making mistakes in school, practicing a difficult skill to improve or being brave enough to try something that feels scary at first. All very important lessons and this book could absolutely be a great conversation starter.
Get ready for a give away!!!
(drum roll, please)
Little Pickle Press is giving Mrs. Mimi a copy of Your Fantastic Elastic Brain to give away to a lucky reader! Cha-ching, people, cha-ching. Sooooo....here's how to enter to win a copy:
* In the comments section, post the most random fact you know (and sometimes bring out at cocktail parties) as a result of your time in the classroom.
** I'll use a random number generator (fair is fair) to pick the winner!
***You have until Friday, January 21st to enter! I'll announce the winner on Monday, January 24th.
If you simply can't wait for the contest winner to be announced, head over to the Little Pickle Press Book Store and enter code BBTMIMI for 25% off this book. (Can I get a high five, or what?)
And, if you want to double down, click over to the Little Pickle Press Blog to enter to win a whole bag of amazing books for your classroom. Fab titles, my friends, fab titles.
Scene - a cocktail party. Again, the heels are amaze balls.
Me: Speaking of headaches, do you know where your amygdala is? 'Cuz I do.
Life of the party people, life of the party.