Plus – how to annoy a dog – I'm sorry Holly but it was funny and I couldn't resist!
Also – prove to yourself that you're cleverer than you think you are – what is this word – GITAOLH?
Ooo – it was back to school this week for me! My niece Jodie (Miss Flint to you!) and her class of 8-year-olds have been studying the 'powers of persuasion', so who was the person she called to come help explain how to use them? Yours truly!
I've never done it before, so considering I'd be looking for a TiFFT (Try It For the First Time event) for June, I thought 'why not'? The kids at a school not far from me in Dorking had all apparently been looking forward to having a visitor in the classroom and I thought I'd make it more interesting by bringing in some of our products for them to look at – including the TSV camera from last weekend which well-impressed some of the boys!
And some of them well-impressed me! One lad in particular, Dylan, had donned a little tie and made himself a business card – bless! And another team had made a little voucher to go with the task Jodie had set.
The task was to design and advertise a robot. From doing the housework to making your tea, their ideas were many and varied. In small groups they presented their posters, sometimes with quirky little voices and even props – really delightful! Jodie – sorry, Miss Flint! – had explained to them about having some reasons to buy it built in, and to make it attention-grabbing and interesting.
The winner for me, then, was a little group who thought up a fabulous intro to their presentation where one of them asked a question at the start, and the other one nodded her head – real proper 'infomercial' stylee! Lol. And their ending was cool too – similar to what you hear on adverts! Plus there were even props built in to the clever little poster they'd designed.
It was very entertaining and thoroughly novel – their poster above is on the left – you can see the ticker tape attached to the front like a print-out – cool! Next to it is the runner up, which was a jelly-producing robot – which the kids liked best. Well done to all of them. Here are the other groups' posters too – I think they all loved the whole exercise and I was very impressed with my little niece Jodie too. So proud of her – bless.
This is her first teaching job but she handles her little class very well – their hands shot up when they wanted to speak rather than just shouting out, plus they used clever little techniques like starting everyone clapping when it was time to sit down. No raised voices anywhere! Very impressed with the lovely little school too – unusual name, but very friendly staff and pleasant atmosphere – I'd have been proud to have either of my kids there. Thank you to everyone for having me!
How to annoy a dog
I have to show you this little clip of my eldest pog Holly in the back garden during the recent burst of sunny weather – you may recall last year's blogs with videos of her in 'her' paddling pool – she just loves the way it cools her down. But this year I've discovered another way of keeping her amused – or is it keeping me amused? Lol…
And finally… what does 'GITAOLH’ mean?!
A little mind-teaser for you! Remember the speed reading course blog a few weeks back? Well Alex the course tutor keeps our minds ticking over by sending through occasional emails with points to ponder.
When I was re-reading (speedily, natch!) some of his coursework I came across this – it's much easier to understand a jumbled word when you see it in context, when you've got the bigger picture. Read this – can you understand it?
'Dviad and Gitaolh fuohgt a mhtgiy bttale in fnrot of the crwod'
Amazing huh! Ahhh – so THAT'S what it means!
If you can understand it, it really goes to show how utterly amazing the brain can be – if you read it first time easily, leave a comment below with what you think it is! (and don't read anyone else's response before you reply!)
You see, as long as the first and last letters are in place, if a word is taken in the context of a whole sentence, then the brain sees it as a whole, automatically deduces meaning and uncannily unscrambles! So you can even decipher gbobegoodelk!
I was quite pleased with that chunk of information as it helps me trust my brain to start reading faster. As Alex said in his literature – 'now you konw what you hvae to do to bgein radineg mcuh mroe ectviffely and taht is to srtat gopnirug wdros tgoetehr.' Give it a go and see if it helps you read faster!
Talking of reading, considering how well-received the previous blog about author Elizabeth Chadwick was, watch out soon for news of a fabulous new writer's first offering. Here's a teaser – 'shifting between the world of wig and gown and a fraught home-life, this new book is by a brilliant new author who has insider information on being a top female barrister in London. Her heroine is in for a shock following the news she hears one night from her husband of 20 years. It's for every woman trying to juggle both work and home, and worried they're failing at both'. : – )
I have a feeling it's also going to generate a very unusual TiFFT for me too…
Till next time,
July 21, 2017 By Katy Pullinger