Thursday, October 08, 2009

Nearly end of the week update

It's been an interesting week around here. It started with a potential tv show appearance, which those of you who follow me on Twitter likely saw me tweet about. No offense to said tv show, but it wasn't the kind of thing I wanted to do. NPR, 60 Minutes, Bill Moyers, any of those would be good, but a hugely popular but somewhat fluffy show? No thanks.

Despite the drama, I've been plugging away at the writing and I will likely finish the first section of my project today. It's coming in around 70 pages, which is more than I thought it would. Heck it might be 80 by the time I'm done. According to my outline, there are two more sections to write. I'm planning to hand the first section off to Mr. Geeky to read. He's a pretty harsh critic, so that makes me nervous. But it'll be good for me, too. My plan is to begin new writing and tackle that in the mornings, and then work on revision in the afternoons. My goal is to finish the whole project by Christmas.

I'm also working on a presentation that I'm giving next month at SLSA. I think it's going to be a fun presentation as my co-presenter, Anne Dalke, and I are using the techniques I've been using with my other colleagues, Leslie Madsen-Brooks, Barbara Sawhill, Martha Burtis, and Barbara Ganley. We make the audience do some of the work.

Last night, I attended the second PTO meeting of the year and I must say, it was much better. One thing I like this year is that the new president insists on introductions at the beginning of the meeting, even though many of the same people are there. It's a great way to help people get to know each other. This year is a real struggle for the PTO with lots of restrictions being placed on communicating with the families. Membership is down as are our fund raising numbers. The PTO money essentially doubles the amount of money available to the school. Even if much of the money goes to what amount to extras, they are extras that the students wouldn't have, and not all of it is extras. We do buy books and supplies for the classrooms, for example. So, I think it's going to be an interesting adventure.
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